William E. Cohn MD, FACS, FACCP, FAHA
Director of Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology;
Associate Director, Laboratory Surgery Research,
Center for Cardiac Support,
Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Medical Center
Associate Professor of Surgery,
Baylor College of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering,
University of Houston
Dr. Billy Cohn is a cardiovascular surgeon and the Director of Minimally Invasive Surgical Technology at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He is the co-director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at The University of Houston.
Dr. Cohn received his undergraduate degree from Oberlin College, and received his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he remained for general surgical and cardiothoracic surgical residency training and where he served as the last chief resident under the legendary Michael DeBakey. After graduation, he took a teaching position at Harvard Medical School where he rose to the rank of Associate Professor of Surgery and served as an attending cardiothoracic surgeon and Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center for eleven years.
With a passion for medical device development, Dr. Cohn has more than 70 U.S. patents granted or pending, and another 60 international patents for his medical innovations and has been honored as the Distinguished Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
His major research interests include:
- Development of less invasive approaches to cardiac surgery
- Integration of new technology into medicine
- Development of catheter-based technology for repairing heart valves and decreasing the morbidity of atrial fibrillation
- Decreasing the invasiveness of mechanical circulatory support
- The development of a continuous flow total artificial heart
January 9, 2013
"The revolutionary artificial heart without a pulse"
Dr. Bud Frazier has been working on making an artificial heart since the 1960s. In 2011, Frazier and his colleague Dr. Billy Cohn implanted the first of a new kind of artificial heart: one without a pulse. Minnesota Public Radio's The Daily Circuit talks with guests Dr. Bud Frazier and Dr. Billy Cohn from the Texas Heart Institute. Listen . . .
Dr. Cohn has published extensively in peer reviewed journals, has authored seven textbook chapters, and serves on the editorial board of the Heart Surgery Forum, Innovations, and CTS Net. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several medical journals including the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Circulation and is on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery and the 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society.
Dr. Cohn was awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Oberlin University in 2007. In 2013 he received the TVO Inventor’s Recognition Award from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. That same year he received the Thomas A. Edison Silver Award for excellence in human-centered design and innovation for developing the SentreHEART® Lariat® Suture Delivery Device.
Dr. Cohn is an accomplished musician and plays several instruments. He performs locally with sevral bands, including his Disco Expressions. He is also a talented amateur magician…therefore, be very observant.
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