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Robbin G. Cohen, M.D.
Robbin G. Cohen, M.D.

Robbin G. Cohen, M.D. is Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery. Dr. Cohen earned his medical degree from the University of Colorado and completed all of his surgical training at Stanford University Hospital, which included five years of general surgery and three years of cardiothoracic, vascular and transplant surgery under the supervision of Norman Shumway, M.D. He also spent a year conducting research in Stanford's heart and lung laboratory. Dr. Cohen joined the University of Southern California in 1993.

Dr. Cohen's research and clinical interests include minimally invasive heart and lung surgery, heart transplantation, living-related 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. He was recently awarded a large grant from the American College of Surgeons to study immunohistochemistry in the staging of lung cancers. He is one of four selected nationwide for this key study.


Robbin G. Cohen, M.D.
Associate Professor
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine


USC Healthcare Consultation Center II
1520 San Pablo St., Suite 4300
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Phone: (323) 442-5850
Fax: (323) 442-5956
E-mail: rcohen@hsc.usc.edu
For appointments please call (323) 442-5849

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  • The Colorado College, B.A., 1976
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine, M.D., 1980

Hospital Training


  • Stanford University, 1980-81 General Surgery


  • Stanford University, 1981-86 General Surgery
  • Stanford University, 1986-87 Vascular Surgery, Fellow
  • Stanford University, 1987-88 Cardiac Surgery, Chief Resident
  • Stanford University, 1988-89 Thoracic Surgery and Cardiothoracic Transplantation

Research Training

  • Denver General Hospital, Trauma and Resuscitation Lab, 1978-1980
  • Stanford University, Heart and Lung Transplant Lab, 1982-83

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, 1987
  • American Board of Thoracic Surgery, 1990

Clinical Interests

  • Adult Cardiac Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Valvular Disease of the Heart
  • Diseases of the Thoracic Aorta
  • Heart and Transplantation
  • Adult Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery

Research Interests

  • Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery
  • Video-Assisted Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer: Immunohistochemistry for staging lung tumors
  • Heart and Lung Transplantation
  • Donor Lobectomy for lobar transplantation



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