William E. Cohn MD, FACS, FACCP, FAHA
Director, Center for Technology and Innovation;
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, Center for Technology and Innovation at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, Texas. He is co-director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Research Laboratory; 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 his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, where he remained for general surgical and cardiothoracic surgical residency training and served as the last chief resident under the legendary Michael E. 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. He has been honored as the Distinguished Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association.
His major research interests include:
- Minimally invasive approaches to cardiac surgery
- New techniques for performing coronary artery bypass without extracorporeal circulation
- New instrumentation to advance less invasive cardiac surgery
- Novel approaches for performing myocardial revascularization
- Tools and techniques for performing percutaneous mitral valve annuloplasty
- Tools and techniques for mitigating the morbidity of atrial fibrillation
- Tools and techniques for performing off-pump left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation
- Development of a continuous flow totally implantable 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 and has authored seven textbook chapters. He serves on the editorial boards of Heart Surgery Forum, Innovations, Journal of Cardiac Surgery, Journal of Biomedical Research and CTSNet. He serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Circulation, Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and the Texas Heart Institute Journal. He is a fellow of the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery, American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, the American Heart Association, and serves on the board of many professional societies.
Dr. Cohn was awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Oberlin University in 2007. In 2013 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 several bands, including Disco Expressions. He is also a talented amateur magician.
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