Joel L. Cohen, MD (FAAD, FACMS) is an internationally recognized expert on aesthetics, lasers and skin cancer. He is the Director of AboutSkin Dermatology and DermSurgery, and AboutSkin Research in metropolitan-Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Cohen has been named a Top Dermatologist by US News and World Report, Castle Connelly Top Doctor (2013-2024), and voted by his peers as one of Colorado’s Top Doctors in Denver 5280 magazine 11 times.

He is a Board-Certified Dermatologist and Fellowship-trained in Mohs Surgery, Lasers, and Aesthetic Dermatology.

Dr. Cohen has published over 306 medical articles and book chapters and has co-authored 3 academic textbooks. He lectures every month at national meetings as well as at many international congresses and has participated in over 100 clinical trials including key aesthetic lasers and devices.

He is on the teaching faculty of the University of California Irvine as an Associate Professor of Dermatology. He is also a Medical Director for Cosmetic Physician Partners (CPP).

Dr. Cohen has received many prestigious awards including the Melanoma Research Foundation

Humanitarian of the Year Award, the ASDS Public Service Award, the ASDS Patient Safety Hero Award, the ASDS Excellence in Education Award, the ASCDAS Distinguished Service Award, JDD Career Achievement Award, the University of California Irvine Faculty Teacher of the Year Award and the ASDS Traveling Mentorship and Teaching Award.

He has been quoted in many newspapers and magazines including Vogue, TIME, Glamour, Elle, Allure, The New York Times (x4), Reader’s Digest, Shape USA Today, US News& World Report, InStyle, BuzzFeed, MSN.com, ABC.com, NewBeauty, Condé, Nast, Men’s Health, Huffington Post, International Business Times, Consumer Reports (x8), SELF, 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 has been a guest on many segments of SiriusXM Doctor Radio. He was also featured on the Emmy Award winning show “The Doctors”.

Awards & Honors

Featured Editorial Staff for Publications

  • Journal of Drugs in Dermatology
  • Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology
  • Practical Dermatology
  • Journal of Clinical & Aesthetic Dermatology
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • The Aesthetic Guide
  • Journal of Cosmetic & Laser Therapy
  • Regular Surgical Pearls Column Writer in The Dermatalogist / Skin and Aging
  • MedEsthetics
  • The Dermatologist
  • Cutaneous Oncology Today
  • Modern Aesthetics
  • The Aesthetic Authority
  • Trials At a Glance (TAAG)
  • SKINmed
  • Cutis / Cosmetic Dermatology

He has been a reviewer for Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD), JAMA Dermatology, Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS), British Journal of Dermatology and Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He also was appointed the Case Report Editor for Journal of Drugs in Dermatology 2009-present.

EXCLUSIVE SPEAKER at numerous national aesthetic & dermatologic EVENTS

  • 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)
  • Vegas Cosmetic Surgery / Miami Cosmetic 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 Chair (2008-present)
  • Skin Disease Education Foundation (Williamsburg, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Laguna)
  • Maui Derm (2006-present)
  • Advances in Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology
  • South Beach Symposium (2006-2020)
  • 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
  • The combined winter meeting of the AAFPRS/ASOPS/ASDS


  • The Intl. Society of Derm. Surgery (Vienna)
  • DASIL (Saigon, Buenos Aires)
  • Australasian Society of Aesthetics & Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) (Gold Coast, Australia)
  • The World Congress on Cancers of the Skin (Israel)
  • The Australasian College of Dermatology (Melbourne)
  • 5-Continent Aesthetic Meeting (Nice, Cannes, Barcelona, Portugal)
  • European Masters in Aesthetics and Aging (EMAA) (Paris)
  • The World Congress of Dermatology (Seoul, Korea)
  • The International Masters Course on Aging Skin (IMCAS) (Paris)
  • AMWC (Monaco)

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), and lectured at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2020 virtual meeting in the product theater on Dysport data. In addition, he has lectured at the U.S. Armed Forces “Wounded Warrior” scar course – called Project C.A.R.E.

Quoted in various newspapers & magazines

  • Glamour
  • Allure
  • TIME
  • Health
  • The New York Times (4x)
  • Alternative Medicine
  • Seventeen
  • Shape (7x)
  • USA Today
  • US News & World Report
  • Vogue
  • Byrdie.com
  • New Beauty
  • Nylon.com
  • BuzzFeed
  • Broadly
  • Marie Claire
  • Redbook
  • Newsweek
  • Condé Nast
  • MORE
  • Cooking Light
  • In Style
  • MSN.com
  • ABC.com
  • Esquire
  • Bustle.com
  • Real Simple
  • Prevention
  • Lucky
  • Huffington Post
  • Consumer Reports (7x)
  • The International Business Times
  • SELF
  • Women’s Health
  • Men’s Health (2x)

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.

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