Bo Yang

Bo Yang, M.D., Ph.D., the Frankel Research Professor of Cardiac Surgery, treats aortic conditions like familial thoracic aortic aneurysms, complications of Marfan and Loeys-Dietz syndromes, and more. He has expertise in valve-sparing aortic root replacement using the David and Bentall procedures, aortic dissection and thoracic and thoracoabdominal aneurysm repair, aortic valve repair. He invented new procedures to enlarge the aortic annulus by 3-4 valve sizes.

His research has been supported by government grants including several from the National Institutes of Health. Using induced pluripotent stem cells to model thoracic aortic aneurysms, he hopes to better understand their underlying mechanisms to develop preventative therapies. He also conducts outcomes research on aortic and adult cardiac surgeries, such as surgical treatment of  acute type A aortic dissection, especially those with  malperfusion syndrome, aortic valve repair and David procedure, BAV with aortic aneurysm, infectious endocarditis, and small roots in aortic valve replacement.

Dr. Yang joined U-M’s Department of Cardiac Surgery in 2011. Today he serves as the department’s director of research, aortic surgery, and advanced aortic fellowship. He is executive director of MI-AORTA.

Dr. Yang was an AHA Vivien Thomas Young Investigator Award finalist, and he received the Young Investigator Award from the Loeys-Dietz Syndrome Foundation, as well as the American Heart Association’s Sarns Innovative Excellence Award for his “courage to take on the unknown in search of new answers, better solutions, and resources significantly impacting our ability to live longer, healthier lives.”