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Robbin Gerald Cohen, MD

TitleAssociate Professor of Surgery
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentSurgery
Address1520 San Pablo St.
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 5850
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    TitleDirector, Huntington Memorial Hospital Cardiothoracic and Lung Cancer Surgery Program


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    Dr. Cohen, a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming, graduated with honors from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He completed training programs in general surgery, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and heart and lung transplantation at Stanford University Hospital, under the supervision of heart surgery pioneer Norman Shumway. He holds a Masters of Medical Management from the USC/Marshall School of Business and is particularly interested in clinical program development.

    Since joining the USC faculty in 1993, Dr. Cohen has served as Vice-Chairman for Clinical Affairs for the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Co-Director of the USC Lung Transplant program, and Co-Director of the Aortic Center at USC. He has held leadership positions in the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Society of Thoracic Surgery, and is a past President of the Western Thoracic Surgical Association. He has won numerous teaching awards, and has written extensively and lectured worldwide on adult cardiac surgery, lung transplantation, and minimally invasive heart and lung surgery. As the medical director for USC’s Genetic Aortic and Related Conditions Center (GARD), Dr. Cohen is particularly interested in inherited conditions of the aorta and aortic valve. For more than a decade, Dr. Cohen has been regularly included in Castle Connolly’s America’s Top Doctors, Consumer Research Council’s Guide to America’s Top Surgeons, Los Angeles Magazine’s “Southern California Super Doctors”, and Pasadena Magazine’s “Top Doctors.”


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    1. Fleischman F, Elsayed RS, Cohen RG, Tatum JM, Kumar SR, Kazerouni K, Mack WJ, Barr ML, Cunningham MJ, Hackmann AE, Baker CJ, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. Selective Aortic Arch and Root Replacement in Repair of Acute Type A Aortic Dissection. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Feb; 105(2):505-512. PMID: 29103584.
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    2. Cohen RG, Bowdish ME. When a Patient Dies: How I Teach It. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Oct; 104(4):1108-1110. PMID: 28935296.
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    3. Cohen RG. Early trifecta valve failure: Warning shot or unfair scrutiny? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Oct; 154(4):1241-1242. PMID: 28689788.
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    4. Cohen RG, Elsayed RS, Bowdish ME. Surgery for Diseases of the Aortic Root. Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug; 35(3):321-329. PMID: 28683904.
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    5. Elsayed RS, Cohen RG, Fleischman F, Bowdish ME. Acute Type A Aortic Dissection. Cardiol Clin. 2017 Aug; 35(3):331-345. PMID: 28683905.
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    6. Tatum JM, Bowdish ME, Mack WJ, Quinn AM, Cohen RG, Hackmann AE, Barr ML, Starnes VA. Outcomes after mitral valve repair: A single-center 16-year experience. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Sep; 154(3):822-830.e2. PMID: 28283230.
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    7. Cleveland JD, Bowdish ME, Eberhardt CE, Mack WJ, Crabtree JA, Vassiliades TA, Speir AM, Darekar YA, Hackmann AE, Starnes VA, Cohen RG. Evaluation of Hemodynamic Performance of Aortic Valve Bioprostheses in a Model of Oversizing. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jun; 103(6):1866-1876. PMID: 28131425.
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    8. Cohen RG, Hackmann AE, Fleischman F, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. Type A Aortic Dissection Repair: How I Teach It. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):14-17. PMID: 28007234.
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    9. Cohen RG. Value in cardiac surgery: The price of saving. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Jul; 154(1):199. PMID: 27932025.
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    10. Cohen RG. The patent internal thoracic artery graft: Increased degree of difficulty for left-sided pulmonary resections. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Sep; 150(3):536-7. PMID: 26254761.
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    11. Bowdish ME, Hui DS, Cleveland JD, Mack WJ, Sinha R, Ranjan R, Cohen RG, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Barr ML, Starnes VA. A comparison of aortic valve replacement via an anterior right minithoracotomy with standard sternotomy: a propensity score analysis of 492 patients. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Feb; 49(2):456-63. PMID: 25750007; PMCID: PMC4711701 [Available on 02/01/17].
    12. Long T, Lopez BM, Berberian C, Cunningham MJ, Starnes VA, Cohen RG. Exercise Hemodynamics and Quality of Life after Aortic Valve Replacement for Aortic Stenosis in the Elderly Using the Hancock II Bioprosthesis. Cardiol Res Pract. 2014; 2014:151282. PMID: 25544931; PMCID: PMC4269201.
    13. Cohen RG. Percutaneous versus surgical drainage of malignant pericardial effusion: Still no tiebreaker. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Nov; 148(5):2294-5. PMID: 25444199.
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    14. Rusch VW, Hawes D, Decker PA, Martin SE, Abati A, Landreneau RJ, Patterson GA, Inculet RI, Jones DR, Malthaner RA, Cohen RG, Ballman K, Putnam JB, Cote RJ. Occult metastases in lymph nodes predict survival in resectable non-small-cell lung cancer: report of the ACOSOG Z0040 trial. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Nov 10; 29(32):4313-9. PMID: 21990404; PMCID: PMC3221530.
    15. Cohen RG. Our "default future". J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Nov; 142(5):961-6. PMID: 21924437.
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    16. Cohen RG, Bourne ET. Industry-generated charts for the selection of stented aortic valve prostheses: clinical tool or marketing ploy? Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Apr; 91(4):1001-2. PMID: 21440115.
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    17. Ham SW, Chong T, Moos J, Rowe VL, Cohen RG, Cunningham MJ, Wilcox A, Weaver FA. Arch and visceral/renal debranching combined with endovascular repair for thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg. 2011 Jul; 54(1):30-40; discussion 40-1. PMID: 21334163.
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    18. Ham SW, Rowe VL, Ochoa C, Chong T, Lee WM, Baker CJ, Cohen RG, Cunningham MJ, Weaver FA, Woo K. Thoracic aortic stent-grafting for acute, complicated, type B aortic dissections. Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 Apr; 25(3):333-9. PMID: 21276707.
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    19. Backhus LM, Sievers EM, Schenkel FA, Barr ML, Cohen RG, Smith MA, Starnes VA, Bremner RM. Pleural space problems after living lobar transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2005 Dec; 24(12):2086-90. PMID: 16364854.
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    20. Starnes VA, Bowdish ME, Woo MS, Barbers RG, Schenkel FA, Horn MV, Pessotto R, Sievers EM, Baker CJ, Cohen RG, Bremner RM, Wells WJ, Barr ML. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: recipient outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jan; 127(1):114-22. PMID: 14752421.
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