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

Chief of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery
Surgical Director of the Pediatric Heart Center

Dr. Gordon Cohen is chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, surgical director of the Pediatric Heart Center and medical director of pediatric strategic planning for UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital.

Cohen received a medical degree from Tulane University, a doctorate degree from UCLA and an M.B.A. from the University of Tennessee College of Business Administration. He completed a general surgery internship and residency at UCLA Medical Center and attended at the University of Washington Medical Center where he completed a two-year cardiothoracic residency. Following residency training, he completed a pediatric cardiac surgery fellowship at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in London.

After completing his fellowship, Cohen simultaneously held a position as a consultant surgeon at the Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and a senior lecturer position at the Institute of Child Health at University College London. From there he went on to hold an associate professor and then professor position at the University of Washington. Before joining UCSF, Cohen was surgical director of thoracic transplantation at Seattle Children's Hospital and associate division chief at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Conditions & Treatments

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Tulane University School of Medicine 1989


University of Washington Medical Center, Cardiothoracic Surgery
UCLA Medical Center, Surgery


Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery 1999

Selected Research and Publications

  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  11. Permut LC, Linam J, Cohen GA. Sternal wire removal in pediatric patients: wire versus cable sternotomy closure. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2010 Jun; 139(6):1663-4.
  12. Walters HL, Jeffries HE, Cohen GA, Klitzner T. Congenital cardiac surgical complications of the integument, vascular system, vascular-line(s), and wounds: consensus definitions from the Multi-Societal Database Committee for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. Cardiol Young. 2008 Dec; 18 Suppl 2:245-55.
  13. Olson AK, Hyyti OM, Cohen GA, Ning XH, Sadilek M, Isern N, Portman MA. Superior cardiac function via anaplerotic pyruvate in the immature swine heart after cardiopulmonary bypass and reperfusion. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2008 Dec; 295(6):H2315-20.
  14. Kronman MP, Baden HP, Jeffries HE, Heath J, Cohen GA, Zerr DM. An investigation of Aspergillus cardiac surgical site infections in 3 pediatric patients. Am J Infect Control. 2007 Jun; 35(5):332-7.
  15. Cohen GA, Stevenson JG. Intraoperative echocardiography for atrioventricular canal: decision-making for surgeons. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg Pediatr Card Surg Annu. 2007; 47-50.
  16. Eisses MJ, Geiduschek JM, Jonmarker C, Cohen GA, Chandler WL. Effect of polymer coating (poly 2-methoxyethylacrylate) of the oxygenator on hemostatic markers during cardiopulmonary bypass in children. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2007 Feb; 21(1):28-34.
  17. McMullan DM, Cohen GA. Images in clinical medicine. Radiographic evidence linking tobacco use and lung cancer. N Engl J Med. 2006 Jan 26; 354(4):397.
  18. Ricci M, Cohen GA, Kocyildirim E, Khambadkone S, Elliott MJ. Transposition of the great arteries and quadricuspid pulmonary valve: an unusual combination. Ann Thorac Surg. 2005 Apr; 79(4):1428-30.
  19. Jacobs JP, Elliott MJ, Anderson RH, Quintessenza JA, Chai PJ, Morell VO, Botero LM, van Gelder LH, Badhwar V, Kanani M, Cohen GA, Burke RP. Creating a database with cardioscopy and intra-operative imaging. Cardiol Young. 2005 Feb; 15 Suppl 1:184-9.
  20. McMullan DM, Hanley FL, Cohen GA, Portman MA, Riemer RK. Pulmonary arteriovenous shunting in the normal fetal lung. J Am Coll Cardiol. 2004 Oct 6; 44(7):1497-500.

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