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Robbin Gerald Cohen, MD
Associate Professor of Surgery
Director, Huntington Memorial Hospital Cardiothoracic and Lung Cancer Surgery Program
HCT 4300 Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5850


Dr. Robbin G. Cohen received his medical degree from the University of Colorado and completed his surgical training at Stanford University Hospital. While at Stanford, Dr. Cohen was supervised by noted medical doctor Norman Shumay, who oversaw his five years of general surgery and three years of cardiothoracic, vascular and transplant surgery. Dr. Cohen also spent a year conducting research in Stanford’s heart and lung laboratory. Dr. Cohen joined the University of Southern California in 1993 and has researched and practiced lung transplantation, adult cardiac surgery, coronary bypass surgery, valvular heart disease, disease of the thoracic aorta, lung cancer, and tumors of the chest wall and mediastinum. A former member of the board of directors of the California Philharmonic Orchestra, Dr. Cohen has been awarded numerous grants and for his research and has been included among America’s Top Doctors on several occasions. He has an extensive bibliography of written articles, book chapters and abstracts and has been an invited editor by a number of medical journals.


Tatum JM, Bowdish ME, Mack WJ, Quinn AM, Cohen RG, Hackmann AE, Barr ML, Starnes VA. Outcomes after mitral valve repair: A single-center 16-year experience. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Feb 09. View in: PubMed

Cleveland JD, Bowdish ME, Eberhardt CE, Mack WJ, Crabtree JA, Vassiliades TA, Speir AM, Darekar YA, Hackmann AE, Starnes VA, Cohen RG. Evaluation of Hemodynamic Performance of Aortic Valve Bioprostheses in a Model of Oversizing. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan 25. View in: PubMed

Cohen RG, Hackmann AE, Fleischman F, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Starnes VA, Bowdish ME. Type A Aortic Dissection Repair: How I Teach It. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jan; 103(1):14-17. View in: PubMed

Cohen RG. Value in cardiac surgery: The price of saving. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2016 Nov 16. View in: PubMed

Bowdish ME, Hui DS, Cleveland JD, Mack WJ, Sinha R, Ranjan R, Cohen RG, Baker CJ, Cunningham MJ, Barr ML, Starnes VA. A comparison of aortic valve replacement via an anterior right minithoracotomy with standard sternotomy: a propensity score analysis of 492 patients†. Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2016 Feb; 49(2):456-63. View in: PubMed

Cohen RG. The patent internal thoracic artery graft: Increased degree of difficulty for left-sided pulmonary resections. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Sep; 150(3):536-7. View in: PubMed

Cohen RG. Percutaneous versus surgical drainage of malignant pericardial effusion: Still no tiebreaker. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2014 Nov; 148(5):2294-5. View in: PubMed

Long T, Lopez BM, Berberian C, Cunningham MJ, Starnes VA, Cohen RG. Exercise Hemodynamics and Quality of Life after Aortic Valve Replacement for Aortic Stenosis in the Elderly Using the Hancock II Bioprosthesis. Cardiol Res Pract. 2014; 2014:151282. View in: PubMed

Rusch VW, Hawes D, Decker PA, Martin SE, Abati A, Landreneau RJ, Patterson GA, Inculet RI, Jones DR, Malthaner RA, Cohen RG, Ballman K, Putnam JB, Cote RJ. Occult Metastases in Lymph Nodes Predict Survival in Resectable Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer: Report of the ACOSOG Z0040 Trial. J Clin Oncol. 2011 Nov 10; 29(32):4313-9. View in: PubMed

Cohen RG. Our "default future". J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2011 Nov; 142(5):961-6. View in: PubMed

Ham SW, Chong T, Moos J, Rowe VL, Cohen RG, Cunningham MJ, Wilcox A, Weaver FA. Arch and visceral/renal debranching combined with endovascular repair for thoracic and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms. J Vasc Surg. 2011 Jul; 54(1):30-40; discussion 40-1. View in: PubMed

Cohen RG, Bourne ET. Industry-generated charts for the selection of stented aortic valve prostheses: clinical tool or marketing ploy? Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Apr; 91(4):1001-2. View in: PubMed

Ham SW, Rowe VL, Ochoa C, Chong T, Lee WM, Baker CJ, Cohen RG, Cunningham MJ, Weaver FA, Woo K. Thoracic aortic stent-grafting for acute, complicated, type B aortic dissections. Ann Vasc Surg. 2011 Apr; 25(3):333-9. View in: PubMed

Backhus LM, Sievers EM, Schenkel FA, Barr ML, Cohen RG, Smith MA, Starnes VA, Bremner RM. Pleural space problems after living lobar transplantation. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2005 Dec; 24(12):2086-90. View in: PubMed

Starnes VA, Bowdish ME, Woo MS, Barbers RG, Schenkel FA, Horn MV, Pessotto R, Sievers EM, Baker CJ, Cohen RG, Bremner RM, Wells WJ, Barr ML. A decade of living lobar lung transplantation: recipient outcomes. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2004 Jan; 127(1):114-22. View in: PubMed

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