William E Cohn, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

William E Cohn, M.D. Photo


Professor of Surgery
Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support
Baylor College of Medicine

Director, Center for Device Innovation
TMC / Johnson & Johnson Innovation


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

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