David Cotter, M.D., Ph.D. Dermatologist, Scientist, Las Vegas Native

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Dr. David Cotter

As a native Las Vegan, Dr. David Cotter is excited and proud to practice dermatology in his hometown. Dr. Cotter’s many years of clinical and scientific training have equipped him with expertise in medical dermatology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, and cosmetic dermatology. Dr. Cotter is prepared to help you attain your best skin at Las Vegas Dermatology.

Dr. Cotter graduated from UNLV with highest honors, and obtained both an M.D. and a Ph.D. in molecular cell biology and physiology at Washington University School of Medicine. As a scientist, Dr. Cotter discovered important ways that the body uses nutrients. Specifically, Dr. Cotter is an expert in ketone body metabolism and has spent years studying cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and fatty liver disease. As a dermatologist, he has trained with world leaders across the dermatology spectrum. Having presented at multiple national meetings and published many peer reviewed articles, his unique background as a physician scientist allows Dr. Cotter to offer his patients the most advanced skin care treatments.

Areas of Expertise

Diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer

  • Medical, laser, and surgical therapy for skin cancer

Management of inflammatory skin conditions in children and adults

  • Psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, acne, and more

Complex Medical Dermatology

  • Bullous pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, cutaneous lupus, and more

Pediatric Dermatology

  • Medical and laser treatment of hemangiomas, acne, eczema, and genetic skin diseases

Cosmetic Dermatology

  • Neuromodulators, dermal fillers, lasers, scar revision, and more

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

  • Patch testing


  • Residency in Dermatology, UC San Diego Medical Center, 2016-2019. Chief Resident.
  • Internship in Internal Medicine, University of Nevada School of Medicine-Las Vegas,

2015-2016. Intern of the Year.

  • M.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 2009-2015.
  • Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, 2009-2015.
  • Bachelors of Science, Biology, UNLV, 2005-2008, Summa Cum Laude, Department and University Honors




 Selected Publications

  • Kusari A, Cotter D, Hinds B, Paravar T. Non-uremic calciphylaxis in a patient with multiple rheumatologic diseases. Dermatol Online J. 2019 Feb 15;25(2).
  • Eichenfield DZ, Cotter D, Thorson J, Hinds B, Sun BK. Agminated blue nevus with a GNAQ mutation: A case report and review of the literature. J Cutan Pathol. 2019 Feb;46(2):130-133.
  • Cotter DG, Schairer D, Eichenfield L. Emerging therapies for atopic dermatitis: JAK inhibitors. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2018 Mar; 78(3S1):S53-S62.
  • Cotter DG, et al. Ketogenesis prevents nonalcoholic fatty liver injury and hyperglycemia through coenzyme A recycling. J Clin Invest. 2014 Dec;124(12):5175-90.
  • Cotter DG, et al. Impact of peripheral ketolytic deficiency on hepatic ketogenesis and gluconeogenesis during the transition to birth. J Biol Chem. 288 (27): 19739-19749.
  • Cotter DG, Schugar RC, and Crawford PA. Ketone body metabolism and cardiovascular disease. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol. 2013. 304 (8): H1060-76. 


When he is not working, Dr. Cotter enjoys hiking with his wife and children, practicing martial arts, and exercising. A fossil hunter, and rock collector, Dr. Cotter shares his passion for nature, history, and exercise with his family.

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