William 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 40 patents awarded or pending for his medical innovations and has been honored as the Distinguished Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

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 recently awarded an honorary doctorate in science from Oberlin University, Ohio.

Dr. Cohn is an accomplished musician and plays several instruments. He performs locally with his band Disco Expressions. He is also a talented amateur magician…therefore, be very observant.