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William E Cohn, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine



Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center (Hospital)
6720 Bertner Avenue
Room: LUKE-2-114A
Mail Stop: BCM390
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
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Texas Heart Institute (Office)
6770 Bertner Avenue
Suite C355M
Houston, Texas 77030
United States
(832) 355-3000
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  • Thoracic Surgery
    American Board of Thoracic Surgery

  • General Surgery
    American Board of Surgery


  • Associate in Cardiothoracic Surg from Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
    01/1994 - Boston, MA United States
  • Chief Resident from Baylor College Of Medicine
    01/1993 - Houston, TX United States
  • Chief Residency from Baylor College Of Medicine
    01/1991 - Houston, TX United States
  • Residency from Baylor College Of Medicine
    01/1990 - Houston, TX United States
  • Internship from Baylor College of Medicine
    01/1987 - Houston, TX United States
  • M.D. from Baylor College Of Medicine
    01/1986 - Houston, TX United States
  • B.S. from Oberlin College
    01/1982 - Oberlin, OH United States

CME Presentations

Fostering a Culture of Physician Innovation
Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
March 17, 2021

Professional Statement

Dr. William E. Cohn is one of the leaders of the team of experts developing a total artificial heart that will deliver blood by means of continuous flow rather than pulsation. This research has grant support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; the John S. Dunn Research Foundation; the Alexander Family Trust; and the McIngvale family Trust. This new artificial heart is smaller, less expensive, and predicted to be more reliable than previous generations of artificial hearts.

Professional Achievements

  • Doctorate in Science- Honorary Degree
    Doctorate in Science- Honorary Degree
  • 2013 Edison Award - Silver Medal
  • TVO Inventor’s Recognition Award
    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
  • 2014 Inventor of the Year
    The Houston Intellectual Property Law Association

Professional Interests

  • Heart Transplantation
  • LVAD
  • TAH
  • Laparoscopic procedures
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Heart Failure

Professional Specialties

  • Heart and Lung Transplant
  • Circulatory Support


  • American College of Surgeons
  • Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society
  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association
  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • American College of Chest Physicians
  • American Heart Association / American Stroke Association
  • 21st Century Cardiac Surgical Society
  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Michael E. DeBakey Surgical Society
  • Harris County Medical Society
  • Texas Medical Society