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Billy Cohn, MD Venture Partner

Dr. Billy Cohn is a Vice President of Medical Devices at Johnson & Johnson and the Executive Director for the Johnson & Johnson Center for Device Innovation at the Texas Medical Center. He is also a professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine and an adjunct professor of Bioengineering at both Rice University and the University of Houston. Prior to joining J&J, Dr. Cohn was the director of the Cullen Cardiovascular Research Lab at the famed Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital and the Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery at THI. He has 20+ years of experience in cardiothoracic surgery and more than 90 US patents granted or pending and another 60 international patents for his medical innovations, several of which have revolutionized heart surgery techniques.

Dr. Cohn is a graduate of Oberlin College and of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where he served as the last chief resident under the legendary Dr. Michael DeBakey.  He served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for 11 years as an Associate Professor, before returning to The Texas Medical Center.

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