William E. Cohn, MD, is a Vice President of Medical Devices and Executive Director for the Center of Device Innovation in Houston, Texas at Johnson & Johnson. 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. From 1993-1994, Dr. Cohn first served as a Clinical Fellow in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Department at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He then went on to serve as a Cardiothoracic Surgeon from 1994-2004 at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Director of Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery at Beth Israel Hospital from 2001-2004. Dr. Cohn joined the Texas Heart Institute in 2004. From 1994-2004 Dr. Cohn served as a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. His major research interests include the development of new technology for decreasing the invasiveness of cardiac and vascular surgery and development of the continuous-flow totally implantable artificial heart. In 2011, Dr. Cohn and Dr. O. H. Frazier successfully implanted the first pulseless total heart replacement device in a human patient. Dr. Cohn has a passion for medical device development and has more than 90 US patents granted or pending and another 60 international patents for his medical innovations. His numerous awards include an honorary doctorate in science from Oberlin College, the Distinguished Scientist Award, given by the MacDonald Fund, and the Edison Award for excellence in human-centered design and innovation for inventing the SentreHEART® Lariat® Suture Delivery Device. In 2000, Dr. Cohn was named the distinguished Inventor of the Year by the U.S. Intellectual Property Owners Association and in 2014, he was named Outstanding Inventor of the Year by the Houston IPO. In addition, in 2014 he received an award for the most Innovative Medical Device Startup of the year at the Innovations in Cardiovascular Interventions Conference in Tel Aviv for inventing the TVA Everlin q system for percutaneous creation of AV fistulas and for founding TVA Medical. In 2015, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for healthcare innovation by the Houston Technology Center. He is a Venture Partner at Santé Health Ventures, and Chief Medical Officer of BiVACOR Inc. and Reliant Heart. Dr. Cohn graduated with a B.S from Oberlin College and his MD from Baylor College of Medicine.