Professor of Surgery
Cardiothoracic Transplantation & Circulatory Support
Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Center for Device Innovation
TMC / Johnson & Johnson Innovation


Associate in Cardiothoracic Surg from Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Chief Resident from Baylor College Of Medicine
Chief Residency from Baylor College Of Medicine
Residency from Baylor College Of Medicine
Internship from Baylor College of Medicine
M.D. from Baylor College Of Medicine
B.S. from Oberlin College


Thoracic Surgery
American Board of Thoracic Surgery
General Surgery
American Board of Surgery

Honors & Awards

Doctorate in Science- Honorary Degree
2013 Edison Award - Silver Medal
LARIAT® Suture Delivery Device by SentreHEART.
TVO Inventor’s Recognition Award
2014 Inventor of the Year

Professional Interests

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.

William E. Cohn currently has 80 active or pending patents for his inventions and is the founder or co-founder of five venture-backed life science startups. In addition, Dr. Cohn is a venture partner at Santé Health Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on capitalizing early-stage life science technology.

Selected Publications


American College of Surgeons
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
Denton A. Cooley Cardiovascular Surgical Society
International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation
Southern Thoracic Surgical Association