Jehangir Appoo

Clinical Associate Professor


Research Associate Professor



McGill University, 1997

Contact information


Office location : HSC79

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • aortic aneurysm
  • aortic dissection


Following a Doctorate of Medicine from McGill University in 1997, Dr. Appoo completed Cardiac Surgery training at the University of Alberta (FRCSC 2003), fellowships in Advanced Adult Cardiac Surgery at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, England (2003-2004) & at University of Pennsylvania (2004-2005). Having acquired specialized training in Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Endovascular Aortic Stent Grafting and Heart Failure Surgery, he joined the Libin Cardiovascular Institute in 2005, and helped establish a new program in artificial heart surgery. In 2006, he implanted the first left ventricular assist device ever in southern Alberta. In 2007, Dr. Appoo founded a multidisciplinary program in Thoracic Aortic Surgery that involved open, hybrid and minimally invasive endovascular surgery. He is an international thought leader in Thoracic Aortic Surgery and serves on the Editorial Board of the Annals of Thoracic Surgery. In 2019, Dr. Appoo transitioned to Associate Research Professor. He is currently national co-Principal Investigator on 2 randomized trials in aortic surgery. Professionally, Dr. Appoo is interested in evolution of aortic disease management, technological innovation in healthcare and healthcare policy.



  • M Guo, JJ Appoo, R Saczkowski, M Ouzounian, AJ Gregory, EJ Herget, HN Smith, M Boodhwani. Association of Mortality and Acute Aortic Events with Ascending Aortic Aneurysm: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Network Open 2018;1(4):e181281
  • Appoo JJ(Co-chair), Bozinovski J, Chu MW, El-Hamamsy I, Forbes TL, Moon M, Ouzounian M, Peterson MD,  Tittley J, Boodhwani M (Co-chair) on behalf of the CCS/CSCS/CSVS Thoracic Aortic Disease Guidelines Committee. Canadian Cardiovascular Society/Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons/Canadian Society for Vascular Surgery Joint Position Statement on Open and Endovascular Surgery for Thoracic Aortic Disease. Can J Cardiol 2016 Jun;32(6):703-13
  • A Fichadiya, AJ Gregory, VK Kotha, EJ Herget, HN Smith, E Tai, M Gao, F Mina, & JJ Appoo. Extended arch repair for acute type A aortic dissection: Perioperative and mid term results. European J of Cardiothoracic Surg. 2019 March Epub
  • JJ Appoo, LW Tse, ZI Pozeg, JK Wong, SJ Hutchison, AJ Gregory & EJ Herget. Thoracic Aortic Frontier: A forward looking review of current applications and directions of Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR). Can J Cardiol. 2014;30:52-63
  • El-Hamamsy I, Ouzounian M, Demers P, McClure S, Hassan A, Dagenais F, Chu MW, Pozeg Z, Bozinovski J, Peterson MD, Boodhwani M, McArthur RG, Appoo JJ. State-of-the-Art Surgical Management of Acute Type A Aortic Dissection. Canadian Thoracic Aortic Collaborative (CTAC). Can J Cardiol. 2016;32:100-9
  • HN Smith, M Boodhwani, M Ouzounian, R Saczkowski, AJ Gregory, EJ Herget & JJ Appoo Classification and outcomes of extended arch repair for acute Type A Aortic Dissection: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Interact  CardioVasc Thorac Surg  2017:24(3):450-459
  • JE Bavaria, JJ Appoo, MS Makaroun, J Verter, ZF Yu, RS Mitchell. Gore TAG Investigators. Endovascular Stent Grafting versus Open Surgical Repair of Descending Thoracic Aortic Aneurysms: A Multi-Center Comparative Trial. J Thorac Cardio Vasc Surg 2007;133:369-377