John G. Byrne, MD chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery, BWH Department of Surgery, has been named the Lawrence H. Cohn Professor in Cardiac Surgery at BWH and Harvard Medical School (HMS), as of Oct. 1, 2013. Byrne is the first incumbent chair of this professorship. Byrne, a highly regarded surgeon, researcher and teacher, joined BWH in April 2013 after serving as chair of the Department of Cardiac Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, overseeing the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute.
After receiving his medical degree from Boston University, he completed his postdoctoral training at the University of Illinois affiliated hospitals and at BWH. He was BWH’s chief resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery from 1995 to 1997, and then joined the cardiac surgery BWH staff. He also served as associate chief of Cardiac Surgery at BWH.
Additionally, Lawrence H. Cohn, MD, Division of Cardiac Surgery, BWH Department of Surgery, a pioneering cardiac surgeon, researcher, and medical educator is now the James Hubbard Professor Emeritus of Cardiac Surgery at BWH and Harvard Medical School, as of Oct. 1, 2013.
Cohn served as the chief of Cardiac Surgery at BWH from 1987 to 2005 and as director of the Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency Training Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Children’s Hospital Medical Center from 1987 to 2000.
Cohn received his medical degree from Stanford University School of Medicine. He also received his graduate medical training from 1962 to 1964 at Boston City Hospital/Harvard, the National Institutes of Health from 1964 to 1966, the University of California at San Francisco from 1966 to 1969, Stanford University School of Medicine from 1969 to 1971, and Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1971. He served as assistant professor of Surgery from 1971 to 1975 at HMS, associate professor of Surgery from 1975 to 1980, and professor of Surgery since 1980.