Joel L. Cohen, MD

JOEL L. COHEN, MD is an internationally-recognized expert on skin cancer and aesthetics.Dr. Cohen has been named a US News and World Report Top Dermatologist, and has been voted by his peers as one of Denver’s Top Doctors in 5280 magazine NINE times (including listings for cosmetic procedures as well as dermatology). He is Board-Certified by the American Board of Dermatology, and has completed a Dermatologic Surgery and Aesthetic fellowship in Mohs micrographic surgery (for the treatment of facial skin cancers), cutaneous oncology, facial reconstruction, cosmetic surgery and laser surgery. He is the Director of AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery in Greenwood Village and Lone Tree, Colorado. Dr. Cohen was elected to serve as a national instructor in dermatologic surgical and aesthetic procedures by both the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (ASDS) for the ASDS Preceptorship Program and American Society of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) for the ASLMS Preceptorship Program. He is the fellowship Co-Director for the ASDS Dermatologic Surgery Colorado Fellowship. He serves on the teaching faculty as an Associate clinical professor at the University of California at Irvine. In addition, he is honored and grateful to have been the recipient of the Patient Choice Award from 2010-2019. He has also been a recipient of the ASDS Public Service Award, the ASCDAS Distinguished Service Award, and the ASDS Excellence in Education Award. In 2018, he received the Melanoma Research Foundation Humanitarian of the year award.

Dr. Cohen has published over 237 scientific medical articles and book chapters, and has co-authored 3 academic textbooks: Regional Rejuvenation (McGraw-Hill), Reconstructive Conundrums in Dermatologic Surgery (Wiley-Blackwell) and Botulinum Toxins Cosmetic and Clinical Applications (Wiley-Blackwell); and co-authored the Derm Directory (eds. 1-7) as well. Dr. Cohen is Past Chair of the ASDS Patient Education Committee, and is a Past President of the Colorado Dermatologic Society. Twice, he served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Cosmetic Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery (ASCDAS). He was elected to the Board of Directors of DASIL (Dermatologic and Aesthetic Surgery International League) in 2011, and also has served on the scientific board for the large international plastic surgery meeting IMCAS (International Master Course on Aging Skin) in Paris, and the 5-Continent Aesthetic Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. Dr. Cohen is currently the Chief-Editor for and, and also has been selected to serve on the New Beauty Magazine Medical Advisory Board.

He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan and Brandeis University—where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. He received his MD degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, and graduated with Honors. He also participates in many cosmetic clinical trials ranging from injectable cosmetic agents to lasers and topical therapies, including many clinical studies and FDA-trials such as Restylane, Perlane/Restylane Lyft, Radiesse, JuveDerm, Voluma, Botox, Dysport, Xeomin, and Latisse as well as multiple laser studies (for vessels, pigment and resurfacing), skin tightening (Ulthera and Infini), and topical skin-care studies (including pre-cancer lesions and acne).

In addition to a regular surgical pearls column in The Dermatologist / Skin and Aging, he is on the editorial staff for several journals including: Dermatologic Surgery, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Aesthetic Dermatology and Surgery Journal, Cutis, Cosmetic Dermatology, Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, MedEsthetics, The Dermatologist, Cutaneous Oncology Today, Modern Aesthetics, PRIME, British Journal of Dermatology, Trials At A Glance (TAAG), SKINmed, and Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. He has been a reviewer for Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), JAMA Dermatology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) and Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He also was appointed the Case Report Editor for Journal of Drugs in Dermatology 2009, and continues to serve in that important role.

Dr. Cohen has been an invited speaker at numerous national aesthetic and dermatologic meetings including the annual meetings of the American Academy of Dermatology (2004-present), American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS), American Academy of Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS), American Society of Dermatologic Surgery (2005-Present), ASCDAS, International Symposium of Facial Plastic Surgery, Skin Cancer Foundation, American College of Mohs Surgery, Harvard’s Aesthetic Course, ASDS Regional Filler Courses (Houston, NY, Miami, Atlanta, San Diego), the CORE at University of Miami, Pacific Dermatologic Association, Florida Society of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Colorado Dermatologic Society, Pacific Northwest Dermatologic Society, Orlando Derm (ODAC) as Vice Chair, Skin Disease Education Foundation (Williamsburg, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Laguna), Maui Derm, Advances in Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology, South Beach Symposium (2006-present), NYU Advances in Dermatology, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine Derm Update, New Mexico Dermatologic Society, Stanford’s Next Step aesthetic course, International Society of Cosmetic and Laser Surgery, and the combined winter meeting of the AAFPRS/ASOPS/ASDS. He has also lectured extensively internationally including: the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery (Vienna), Australasian Society of Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), (in Gold Coast, Australia), European Masters in Aesthetics and Aging (EMAA) in Paris, The Australasian College of Dermatology (Melbourne), the World Congress on Cancers of the Skin (Israel), 5-Continent Aesthetic Meeting (Nice, Cannes & Barcelona), the International Masters Course on Aging Skin (IMCAS) in Paris, the World Congress of Dermatology (Seoul, Korea), as well as academic meetings in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Sydney, Tokyo, Saigon, Tel Aviv, and New Zealand. He also was invited to be one of the first dermatologists to lecture at the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS) annual meeting (Fall 2011). In addition, he has lectured at the U.S. Armed Forces “Wounded Warrior” scar course – called Project C.A.R.E.

Dr. Cohen has been quoted in several newspapers and magazines including Glamour, Allure, TIME, Health, Seventeen, The New York Times (2x), Redbook, Shape (4x), USA Today, US News & World Report, Marie Claire, Vogue, Alternative Medicine, Cooking Light, In Style, New Beauty,, BuzzFeed, Broadly,,, Esquire, Condé Nast, Real Simple, Prevention, Lucky, Huffington Post, The International Business Times, Men’s Health (2x), SELF, Consumer Reports (6x), Women’s Health, and MORE Magazine. He regularly appears on Denver TV stations (with over 75 appearances discussing aesthetic issues, dermatology, and skin cancer), and is a frequent guest on Sirius Satellite Doctor Radio. Dr. Cohen was also featured on the Emmy-Award winning TV show “The Doctors” as an expert dermatologist & Mohs surgeon.

Awards received by Dr. Cohen