Dr. Brian Kogon was eager to begin his new job as the chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery for Children's of Mississippi. His first day of work was Monday, Jan. 30, and by Wednesday evening, Feb. 1, he was in the operating room, mending the heart of a newborn patient with a congenital heart defect.
“It was good to get away from unpacking,” quipped Kogon, who, with his wife and three children, is settling into life in the Jackson area. “It was time to put the gloves on and go to work.”
Kogon comes to UMMC from Atlanta, where he was chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery at Children's Healthcare and director of adult congenital cardiac surgery at Emory University.
Also a professor of surgery in the School of Medicine, Kogon plans to actively grow Batson Children's Hospital's Children's Heart Center, which is nearly six years old, as well as UMMC's adult congenital heart program, alongside its director Dr. Mike McMullan.
“Dr. McMullan is one of the main reasons I'm here,” Kogon said. In conversation at a medical conference, Kogon learned from McMullan of the position when it became open in 2016.