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Gordon A. Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.

Professor of Surgery
Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Julien I. E. Hoffman Chair in Cardiac Surgery

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  • Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, M.D., 1989
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Ph.D., Pharmacology, 1996
  • University of Tennessee School of Business, M.B.A., 2010
  • University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, General Surgery, 1990-1995 resident, 1995-1996 Chief Resident
  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Chief Resident, 1996-1998
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust, London, England, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1998-1999
  • American Board of Surgery, General Surgery
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Endothelial Cell Biology
  • Mechanisms and induction of myocardial recovery
  • Mechanisms and regulation of neovascularization
  • Pediatric Ventricular Assist Devices

Gordon A. Cohen MD PhD MBA received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine and earned an MS and a PhD in pharmacology from UCLA. He received his MBA from the University of Tennessee School of Business. He completed residencies in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington School of Medicine and in general surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Cohen was a consultant cardiothoracic surgeon at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London and senior lecturer at the Institute of Child Health at University College London.

Prior to coming to UCSF, Dr. Cohen was  Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Surgical Director of the cardiac transplant program at Seattle Children's Hospital.  He was also co-Director of Seattle Children's Heart Center. He was a Professor in the Department of Surgery and was the Associate Division Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Washington. More recently, he was Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at UCSF and Vice-Chair of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Cohen's clinical interests include complex neonatal repairs, pediatric heart, heart-lung and lung transplantation, mechanical cardiac assist and heart failure.

Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Cohen was named to the list of the US News "Top Doctors", which denotes the top 1% of physicians in the nation practicing a given specialty."

Most recent publications from a total of 27
  1. Karamlou T, Sexson K, Parrish A, Welke KF, McMullan DM, Permut L, Cohen G One size does not fit all: the influence of age at surgery on outcomes following Norwood operation. J Cardiothorac Surg. 2014; 9(1):100. View in PubMed
  2. Karamlou T, Welke KF, McMullan DM, Cohen GA, Gelow J, Tibayan FA, Mudd JM, Slater MS, Song HK Combined heart-kidney transplant improves post-transplant survival compared with isolated heart transplant in recipients with reduced glomerular filtration rate: Analysis of 593 combined heart-kidney transplants from the United Network Organ Sharing Database. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Jan; 147(1):456-461.e1. View in PubMed
  3. Almond CS, Morales DL, Blackstone EH, Turrentine MW, Imamura M, Massicotte MP, Jordan LC, Devaney EJ, Ravishankar C, Kanter KR, Holman W, Kroslowitz R, Tjossem C, Thuita L, Cohen GA, Buchholz H, St Louis JD, Nguyen K, Niebler RA, Walters HL, Reemtsen B, Wearden PD, Reinhartz O, Guleserian KJ, Mitchell MB, Bleiweis MS, Canter CE, Humpl T Berlin Heart EXCOR pediatric ventricular assist device for bridge to heart transplantation in US children. Circulation. 2013 Apr 23; 127(16):1702-11. View in PubMed
  4. Karamlou T, Vafaeezadeh M, Parrish AM, Cohen GA, Welke KF, Permut L, McMullan DM Increased extracorporeal membrane oxygenation center case volume is associated with improved extracorporeal membrane oxygenation survival among pediatric patients. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2013 Feb; 145(2):470-5. View in PubMed
  5. Fraser CD, Jaquiss RD, Rosenthal DN, Humpl T, Canter CE, Blackstone EH, Naftel DC, Ichord RN, Bomgaars L, Tweddell JS, Massicotte MP, Turrentine MW, Cohen GA, Devaney EJ, Pearce FB, Carberry KE, Kroslowitz R, Almond CS Prospective trial of a pediatric ventricular assist device. N Engl J Med. 2012 Aug 9; 367(6):532-41. View in PubMed
  6. Hermes HM, Cohen GA, Mehrotra AK, McMullan DM, Permut LC, Goodwin S, Stevens AM Association of thymectomy with infection following congenital heart surgery. World J Pediatr Congenit Heart Surg. 2011 Jul 1; 2(3):351-8. View in PubMed
  7. Cohen GA, Permut LC, Arakaki LS, Ciesielski WA, McMullan DM, Parrish AR, Schenkman KA Direct optical measurement of intraoperative myocardial oxygenation during congenital heart surgery. ASAIO J. 2011 Jul-Aug; 57(4):314-7. View in PubMed
  8. Salerno JC, Seslar SP, Chun TU, Vafaeezadeh M, Parrish AR, Permut LC, Cohen GA, McMullan DM Predictors of ECMO support in infants with tachycardia-induced cardiomyopathy. Pediatr Cardiol. 2011 Aug; 32(6):754-8. View in PubMed
  9. McMullan DM, Emmert JA, Permut LC, Mazor RL, Jeffries HE, Parrish AR, Baden HP, Cohen GA Minimizing bleeding associated with mechanical circulatory support following pediatric heart surgery. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2011 Mar; 39(3):392-7. View in PubMed
  10. Morales DL, Almond CS, Jaquiss RD, Rosenthal DN, Naftel DC, Massicotte MP, Humpl T, Turrentine MW, Tweddell JS, Cohen GA, Kroslowitz R, Devaney EJ, Canter CE, Fynn-Thompson F, Reinhartz O, Imamura M, Ghanayem NS, Buchholz H, Furness S, Mazor R, Gandhi SK, Fraser CD Bridging children of all sizes to cardiac transplantation: the initial multicenter North American experience with the Berlin Heart EXCOR ventricular assist device. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2011 Jan; 30(1):1-8. View in PubMed
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