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.”