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About Dr. Cohen, MD

     Dr. Gordon Cohen, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS is a practicing pediatric heart surgeon and is the Director of the Heart Center at Banner Cardon Children's Medical Center and is a Clinical Professor of Surgery at University of Arizona-Phoenix. Until March 2016, Dr. Cohen was Professor and Vice-Chair of Surgery, the Julien I.E. Hoffman Endowed Chair of Cardiac Surgery, and the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Cohen was the Chief of Strategic Program Development for the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital.


     Prior to his tenure at 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. Prior to that, Dr. Cohen was 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, 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, School of Medicine and in general surgery at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the highly prestigious American Surgical Association, as well as 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 a given specialty. Dr. Cohen is the Co-Founder and previous Chief Medical Officer of 98point6, a Seattle based early-stage technology health care company working on the next generation of primary care. He currently serves as a member of their Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Cohen was also a consultant to the NCAA as a member of their sudden cardiac death committee.

     Follow Dr. Cohen on his segment of Paging Dr. Cohen and keep up to date with additional health and wellness tips on Twitter at @PagingDrCohen.

Education And Training


Great Ormond Street Hospital
Fellowship, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1999
University of Washington Medical Center
Residency, Cardiothoracic Surgery, 1998
University of California Los Angeles
Residency, General Surgery, 1996
University of California Los Angeles
Internship, General Surgery, 1990
Tulane University School of Medicine
Medical School, 1989
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