Dr. Gordon Cohen



Gordon Cohen, MD, PhD, MBA served until 2016 as professor and vice chair of surgery, as the Julien I.E. Hoffman Endowed Chair of Cardiac Surgery and as chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at the medical school of the University of California, San Francisco. In addition, Dr. Cohen served as chief of strategic program development for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Prior to his tenure there, Dr. Cohen was chief of cardiothoracic surgery and surgical director of the cardiac transplant program at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He was also co-director of the hospital’s heart center. He’s been a professor in the Department of Surgery and associate division chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington. Dr. Cohen also served as a cardiothoracic surgeon consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London and a senior lecturer at the University College London.

Dr. Cohen’s clinical interests include complex neonatal repairs, pediatric heart surgeries, heart-lung and lung transplantation, mechanical cardiac assist and heart failure. Dr. Cohen received his MD from Tulane University School of Medicine and earned a PhD in pharmacology from UCLA in 1996. His PhD advisor, Dr. Louis Ignarro, received the Nobel Prize in 1998. Dr. Cohen received his MBA from the University of Tennessee School of Business. He completed residencies in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Washington Medical School and in general surgery at the UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the elite American Surgical Association, and numerous other professional societies. Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Cohen was named to the list of the US News & World Report “Top Doctors,” which denotes the top one percent of physicians in the nation practicing in any given specialty.