In 2013, the AATS Foundation created the “Honoring Our Mentors” Fellowship Program to honor prominent cardiothoracic and thoracic surgeons. The Lawrence H. Cohn Clinical Scholar Program is the fourth in the series, which recognizes physicians who have demonstrated longstanding leadership and dedication throughout their careers in both their clinical practices and their commitment to training the future generation.
Dr. Cohn performed more than 11,500 cardiac surgical operations and was a world-renowned expert in the field of valve repair and replacement surgery. At Brigham and Women's Hospital, he pioneered the process of minimally invasive heart valve surgery along with many other innovations, including New England's first heart transplant, bioprosthetic porcine valve, and computer-assisted robot surgery. Dr. Cohn's clinical and research interests spanned the entirety of adult cardiac surgery. He published more than 550 original scientific articles, 105 book chapters, and 12 books, including four editions of Cardiac Surgery in the Adult, the most referenced textbook in adult cardiac surgery today. An excellent public speaker, Dr. Cohn delivered more than 1,000 lectures worldwide. He held office for the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Cardiology, the American Association for Thoracic Surgery (president), the American College of Chest Physicians (president), the Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education (president), and the National Library of Medicine (chairman of the board). He was a member of 20 other professional organizations, both locally and internationally. A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Cohn became the editor of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, and served on the editorial board of 23 other prestigious journals.
The Lawrence H. Cohn Clinical Scholar Program is for cardiac surgeons from around the world who desire additional training in valvular surgery or care within five years of completion of their residency. Applicants must provide an assurance from their proposed host institution.
A community service component must be integrated as a part of the award to be completed within one year after the fellowship. This component is important to help awardees better understand the needs of underserved patients and inspire more philanthropy. As part of the application process, candidates will be required to submit a proposal outlining how they plan to give back to an underserved community. Proposals could include: volunteering at a heart valve clinic; going on a mission trip to treat underserved patients with valvular heart disease; or developing educational and reading materials related to valve disease in a native language to provide to underserved communities.
Help preserve the international heritage of cardiac surgery by supporting this program. In addition to the impact on future cardiac surgeons, this is an opportunity to acknowledge the tremendous influence that Dr. Cohn has had in the field and on the careers of many trainees.
Gifts may be made directly as one-time or recurring pledge payments. One hundred percent of individual contributions will be used for the purpose of the fellowship. All levels of gifts are welcomed, and individuals and organizational supporters will be recognized in all related print and on-line materials accordingly.