Dr. Devin O'Brien Coon is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, where he graduated magna cum laude and received a Dean's Research Fellowship and Dean's Merit Scholarship. He also holds a master’s of science in engineering in bioengineering from the Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering and has a second appointment as Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering. He completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at the Johns Hopkins University/University of Maryland integrated residency program, then gained additional experience in advanced gender-affirming surgery at programs in the United States, Spain and United Kingdom. His primary clinical interests include gender affirmation surgery, cosmetic surgery, facial trauma and complex surgical reconstruction including reconstructive microsurgery. He is also the medical director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Transgender Health and leads a multidisciplinary program dedicated to providing comprehensive, affirming care across Johns Hopkins Medicine.
Dr. O’Brien Coon has published over 50 publications and received numerous awards, including the BioMaryland LIFE (Leading Innovative Faculty Entrepreneurs) award. He is a two-time recipient of the D. Ralph Millard award from the Plastic Surgery Foundation for best scientific plastic surgery manuscript and was named a 2013 Innovator of the Year by the Maryland Daily Record. He directs a basic science research laboratory within the Translational Tissue Engineering Center that focuses on materials science and tissue engineering for surgical applications. He is one of a select group of physicians to have invented and developed medical devices (including a bioresorbable surgical implant and a 3-D ultrasound imaging system) through the entire development process from initial concept through to testing, FDA approval and clinical use. He is also an NIH-funded researcher whose inventions have led to numerous patents and a venture-backed startup company.