Richard D Weisel, BA, MD

I have three major areas of research interests: cell transplantation, myocardial protection and vascular biology.
  • Cell Transplantation
    Over the last ten years, we have carefully evaluated alternative techniques to regenerate the heart after injury. We employed heart cells and adult bone marrow stem cells to regenerate the heart. We also investigated techniques to induce angiogenesis for patients who are unable to have conventional coronary bypass surgery. Finally, we have developed techniques to replace portions of the heart with tissue-engineered autologous cell-seeded grafts.
  • Myocardial Protection
    We have evaluated adenosine, insulin and L-arginine as agents which protect the myocardium from ischemic and reperfusion injury. We have performed studies in cell cultures, small and large animals and in patients undergoing coronary bypass surgery.
  • Vascular Biology
    We evaluated a variety of agents which will prevent intimal hyperplasia and restore normal endothelial function after coronary interventions.

Related Links

Biomaterials. 2019 Dec 09;231:119672
Zhang C, Hsieh MH, Wu SY, Li SH, Wu J, Liu SM, Wei HJ, Weisel RD, Sung HW, Li RK
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Nov 05;:
Harken AH, Wood DA, Sellke FW, Weisel RD
Can J Cardiol. 2019 Oct;35(10):1311-1321
Marvasti TB, Alibhai FJ, Weisel RD, Li RK
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2019 Sep;158(3):820-821
Weisel RD, McGrath S
Aging Cell. 2019 Aug 05;:e13026
Li J, Li SH, Dong J, Alibhai FJ, Zhang C, Shao ZB, Song HF, He S, Yin WJ, Wu J, Weisel RD, Liu SM, Li RK
J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2019 Apr 29;:
Yin W, Guo J, Zhang C, Alibhai FJ, Li SH, Billia P, Wu J, Yau TM, Weisel RD, Li RK
J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2019 Apr 29;132:71-83
Tobin SW, Alibhai FJ, Lee MM, Yeganeh A, Wu J, Li SH, Guo J, Tsang K, Tumiati L, Rocha R, Butany J, Yau TM, Ouzounian M, David TE, Weisel RD, Li RK
JAMA. 2019 03 26;321(12):1176-1186
Yau TM, Pagani FD, Mancini DM, Chang HL, Lala A, Woo YJ, Acker MA, Selzman CH, Soltesz EG, Kern JA, Maltais S, Charbonneau E, Pan S, Marks ME, Moquete EG, O'Sullivan KL, Taddei-Peters WC, McGowan LK, Green C, Rose EA, Jeffries N, Parides MK, Weisel RD,...
J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Oct 09;:
Moffatt-Bruce SD, D'Amico TA, Weisel RD, Sade RM
J Cell Mol Med. 2018 Sep 25;:
Shao Z, Wu J, Du G, Song H, Li SH, He S, Li J, Wu J, Weisel RD, Yuan H, Li RK


Professor of Cardiac Surgery, University of Toronto