Dr. Howard B. Cotler, MD

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Dr. Howard B. Cotler, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgery | Male

Gulf Coast Spine Care Ltd 1200 Binz St Ste 970, Houston, TX 77004 Get Directions

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Our Patient Care Goals Cases treated at Gulf Coast Spine Care range from simple back strain, to "failed back syndrome," in which serious problems persist in spite of surgery. Our primary goal is returning patients to their normal life and activities as soon as possible, Gulf Coast Spine Care offers the most advanced integrated spine care available for back and neck problems. A full time Physician Assistant facilitates prompt patient evaluations, enhance effective communication with both patients and referring physicians, and promote continuity of care from the initial evaluation to the completion of treatment. Our office staff is respectful, professional and knowledgeable. With an emphasis on personalized and "patient centered" care, whatever a patients problem may be; we pride ourselves in giving patients the time and attention they need to understand their condition and their treatment options. Our secondary goals are to:: Establish Realistic Expectations Decrease Pain Minimize the Use of Medications Maximize Individual ProductivityRead more

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Gulf Coast Spine Care is your spine specialist. Our team of experts is committed to the full spectrum of spine...Read more

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Dr. Howard B. Cotler, MD says

Our Clinic has successfully treated a range of back pain sufferers including:

  • Astronauts
  • Olympic athletes
  • Bull riders
  • State Troopers
  • Firefighters

For over 20 years, Gulf Coast Spine Care has offered the full range of non-operative (conservative) and modern surgical management for most conditions of the adult spine

Laser health spa is being introduced to the Houston medical community as a new technology that heals. Studied by NASA in 1998 to accelerate healing in space for astronauts with injuries. Used by professional and Olympic athletes worldwide. Now a company from England has developed an FDA approved laser with a four step approach to musculoskeletal and spinal pain. The laser has the ability through various devices and techniques to improve lymphatic and vascular circulation, directly treat injury sites, perform nerve blocks, and to eradicate muscular trigger points. All this can be performed without surgery, injections, addictive pain medications or stomach ulcers.

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in Missouri City, TX |
I would recommend Dr, Cotler to family and friends. Dr. Cotler is an excellent Dr.and straight to the point. Ihave been under his care for over a year.He did surgery on my back on May 18 of last year.
in Houston, TX |
In my search Dr. Cotler kept appearing & his staff is a great representation of him.Upon my visits he took time to explain my options. At 59, this was a surgery I had to put thought into. I'm thankful I chose Cotler, he's straight to the point, he explains what is needed for your recovery & expects you to follow his directions for your surgery to be a success, I find it to be 50/50 relationship, you must be devoted to your recovery I would strongly recommend Dr. Cotler. I would use him again
Spring, TX |
I would highly recommend Dr. Cotler. He never pressured me to have surgery, just told me my diagnosis and the decision was totally mine. I did have surgery and everything went smoothly. He explains everything to you, has time for your questions and makes you feel comfortable with your decision. Great office staff!
in Baytown, TX |
Dr Cotler Has operated on me twice and my son once and did a great job every time. We both walked away pain free and very satisfied with the job he did on us. Him and his staff are also very friendly.
in Houston, TX |
Dr. Cotler's application of laser technology has dramatically improved my knee rehab after knee replacement surgery. Nothing else was allowing rehab to progress satisfactorily, but application of the lasers by his staff has radically improved mobility and reduced swelling. Highly recommended!
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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Minimally Invasive Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Medicine
  • Spinal Sensory Disorders

Board Certifications

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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

Dr. Cotler says..

Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

He received his medical degree in 1979 from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In 1980, Dr. Cotler completed his surgical internship at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University in Atlanta. In 1984, he completed his Orthopedic. residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Cotler subsequently pursued advanced training in spine through two fellowships: one in acute spinal cord injury surgery with Northwestern University in Chicago in 1984 and another in Orthopedic. Traumatology from Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington in Seattle in 1985.

From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Cotler had both a clinical practice and an academic appointment at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. In 1990, he became a founding partner and medical director for the Texas Back Institute of Houston. He was clinical associate professor of Orthopedic. Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. In 1995 Dr. Cotler founded Golf Coast Spine Care Limited PA.

Dr. Cotler is currently a workers' compensation provider. He has also been designated by major insurance carriers for providing a higher level of care

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  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccygeal Pain
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Fracture
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Headache
  • Herniated Disc
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Myelopathy
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

Procedures Performed

Dr. Cotler says..

Procedures We Offer

  • Ablation Surgery
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Decompression
  • Discectomy
  • Fusion Procedures
  • Microsurgery
  • Neuromonitoring
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • 360 Degree Spine Fusion
  • Low level laser therapy
  • Laser spinal surgery
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  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities

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  • 0
    Malpractice Claims

    No malpractice history found for Texas.

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    Sanctions

    No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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    Board Actions

    No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

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Education

  • Medical School
    Jefferson Medical College Of Thomas Jefferson University

    Graduated in 1979

  • Internship Hospital
    Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University

    Completed in 1980

  • Residency Hospital
    Thomas Jefferson University Hospital

    Completed in 1984

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Harborview Medical Center/University Of Washington

    Completed in 1985

    Northwestern Center Feinberg School Of Medicine

    Completed in 1984

  • Undergraduate School
    George Washington University

    Graduated in 1975

Awards & Recognition

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    • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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  • Specializes in Orthopedic Spine Surgery
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Dr. Cotler's Office & Staff

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Office environment, cleanliness, comfort, etc.
Staff friendliness and courteousness
Total wait time (waiting & exam rooms)
10 – 15 minutes

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Dr. Cotler says...

Gulf Coast Spine Care is your spine specialist. Our team of experts is committed to the full spectrum of spine care. But more importantly our team is committed to YOU. We pride ourselves on our concierge service. We strive to maintain the high level of care and compassion that our patients have come to expect from us.

With over 30 years of experience in Houston, our team of Spine Specialists is Board Certified and Fellowship trained in comprehensive spine care. We bring a knowledge and expertise which is unrivaled in the following areas:

  • Spinal stenosis
  • Pinched nerve
  • Herniated disc
  • Back and Spine surgery
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder blade pain
  • Neck pain
  • Spondylolisthesis treatment
  • Degenerative disc disease

Our primary goal with each patient is to educate, inform and minimize pain. When one deals with an unknown condition and is faced with ambiguity to which, hope and endurance is often not a solution, Gulf Coast Spine Care wants to have our patients pause and take a deep breath, and become educated about their situation. We have found that education brings clarity to complex situations. Hopefully with understanding, one can make decisions which resolve the problem and result in a positive outcome.

Unfortunately, prolonged pain can disable the spirit as well as the body, and Gulf Coast Spine Care Limited, PA, is dedicated to rehabilitating both. We combine the most advanced medical care available with a multidisciplinary approach that enables patients to tap into their own critical powers of healing.

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Dr. Cotler's Care Philosophy

Our Patient Care Goals

Cases treated at Gulf Coast Spine Care range from simple back strain, to "failed back syndrome," in which serious problems persist in spite of surgery. Our primary goal is returning patients to their normal life and activities as soon as possible, Gulf Coast Spine Care offers the most advanced integrated spine care available for back and neck problems. A full time Physician Assistant facilitates prompt patient evaluations, enhance effective communication with both patients and referring physicians, and promote continuity of care from the initial evaluation to the completion of treatment. Our office staff is respectful, professional and knowledgeable. With an emphasis on personalized and "patient centered" care, whatever a patients problem may be; we pride ourselves in giving patients the time and attention they need to understand their condition and their treatment options. Our secondary goals are to::

  • Establish Realistic Expectations
  • Decrease Pain
  • Minimize the Use of Medications
  • Maximize Individual Productivity
×

Dr. Cotler says...

Howard B. Cotler, MD, FACS, FAAOS is board certified and recertified in Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the American College of Surgeons.

He received his medical degree in 1979 from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. In 1980, Dr. Cotler completed his surgical internship at Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University in Atlanta. In 1984, he completed his Orthopedic. residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Dr. Cotler subsequently pursued advanced training in spine through two fellowships: one in acute spinal cord injury surgery with Northwestern University in Chicago in 1984 and another in Orthopedic. Traumatology from Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington in Seattle in 1985.

From 1985 to 1990, Dr. Cotler had both a clinical practice and an academic appointment at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. In 1990, he became a founding partner and medical director for the Texas Back Institute of Houston. He was clinical associate professor of Orthopedic. Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. In 1995 Dr. Cotler founded Golf Coast Spine Care Limited PA.

Dr. Cotler is currently a workers' compensation provider. He has also been designated by major insurance carriers for providing a higher level of care

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Dr. Cotler says...

Procedures We Offer

  • Ablation Surgery
  • Artificial Disc Replacement
  • Decompression
  • Discectomy
  • Fusion Procedures
  • Microsurgery
  • Neuromonitoring
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Instrumentation
  • 360 Degree Spine Fusion
  • Low level laser therapy
  • Laser spinal surgery
×

Dr. Cotler says...

Our Clinic has successfully treated a range of back pain sufferers including:

  • Astronauts
  • Olympic athletes
  • Bull riders
  • State Troopers
  • Firefighters

For over 20 years, Gulf Coast Spine Care has offered the full range of non-operative (conservative) and modern surgical management for most conditions of the adult spine

Laser health spa is being introduced to the Houston medical community as a new technology that heals. Studied by NASA in 1998 to accelerate healing in space for astronauts with injuries. Used by professional and Olympic athletes worldwide. Now a company from England has developed an FDA approved laser with a four step approach to musculoskeletal and spinal pain. The laser has the ability through various devices and techniques to improve lymphatic and vascular circulation, directly treat injury sites, perform nerve blocks, and to eradicate muscular trigger points. All this can be performed without surgery, injections, addictive pain medications or stomach ulcers.