Dr. Joel Cotton, MD

Dr. Joel Cotton, MD

Neurology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 68
Dr. Joel Cotton, MD is a neurology specialist in Omaha, NE and has been practicing for 40 years. He graduated from University Of Nebraska / College Of Medicine in 1974 and specializes in neurology.

8901 W Dodge Rd Ste 210

Omaha, NE 68114

Contact Information

(402) 354-2000

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Top Care Areas

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All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
very high
more than 92% of peers
Brain Disorders
very high
more than 90% of peers
more than 88% of peers

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1  Specialties

  • Neurology

1  Board Certifications

  • Neurology
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*

155  Conditions Treated

  • Acute Stroke
  • Alcoholic Neuropathy
  • Alcoholic Polyneuropathy
  • All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Alzheimer's Disease With Early-Onset
  • Alzheimer's Disease With Late-Onset
  • Antalgic Gait
  • Anterior Spinal Artery Syndrome
  • Asterixis (Flapping Tremor)
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Autonomic Disorders
  • Basilar Migraine
  • Benign Essential Tremor
  • Benign Exertional Headache
  • Benign Positional Vertigo
  • Benign Sex Headache
  • Bilateral Stroke
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brainstem Strokes
  • Cancer
  • Carcinomatous Polyneuropathy
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • Chronic Headache
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Classic Migraine
  • Cluster Headache
  • Common Migraine
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complicated Migraine
  • Confusion
  • Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
  • Cough Headache
  • Dementia
  • Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic Polyneuropathy
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Diplopia
  • Drug Rebound Headache
  • Dystonia
  • Epilepsy
  • Epilepsy With Myoclonic Absences
  • Epilepsy, Familial, Mesial, Temporal Lobe
  • Epilepsy, Idiopathic Generalized
  • Epilepsy, Nocturnal, Frontal Lobe Type
  • Epilepsy, Partial, Familial
  • Essential Tremor
  • Familial Forms of Alzheimer's Disease
  • Familial Hemiplegic Migraine
  • Familial Multiple Sclerosis
  • Febrile Convulsion
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Genetic Predisposition to Migraine With or Without Aura
  • Headache
  • Headache-Free Migraine
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hypertension Headache
  • Icepick Headache
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • Inflammatory Neuropathies
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intractable Epilepsy
  • Juvenile Absence Epilepsy
  • Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lower Half Headache
  • Lumbar Spinal Stenosis
  • Medication-Induced Postural Tremor
  • Meningiomas
  • Menstrual Migraine
  • Metabolic Neuropathy
  • Migraine
  • Migraine, Hormone-Induced
  • Migrainous Vertigo
  • Mild Headache
  • Motor Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscle Contraction Headache
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Myelopathy
  • Myoclonic Seizures
  • Myoclonus
  • Myopathic Gait
  • Nerve Pain
  • Neuralgia in the Upper Extremity
  • Neuritis
  • Neuritis With Brachial Predilection
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Neuropathy, Motor and Sensory
  • Occipital Neuralgia
  • Oculomotor Migraine
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Optic Neuropathy
  • Orthostatic Tremor
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Peripheral Neuritis
  • Photosensitive Epilepsy
  • Polyneuritis
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • Post-Traumatic Epilepsy
  • Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis
  • Progressive Familial Myoclonic Epilepsy
  • Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP)
  • Radiculitis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Recurrent Headache
  • Refractory Epilepsy
  • Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Retrobulbar Neuropathy
  • Scissoring Gait
  • Seizure Disorders
  • Severe Headache
  • Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Sleep-Related Epilepsy
  • Spastic Gait
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spinocerebellar Ataxia With Axonal Neuropathy, Type 2
  • Steppage Gait
  • Stroke
  • Syncope
  • Temporal Arteritis
  • Temporal Epilepsy, Familial
  • Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
  • Tension Headache
  • Thrombosis
  • Toxic Polyneuropathy Due to Acrylamide
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Tremor
  • Tremor Hereditary Essential, 1
  • Tremor Hereditary Essential, 2
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Ulnar Neuropathy
  • Vascular Disease
  • Vascular Headache
  • Vertigo
  • Vestibular Neuritis
  • Visual Field Defects


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3  Procedures

Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • University Of Nebraska / College Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1974
  • Louisiana State University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1978

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Cotton has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cotton's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cotton to family and friends
36 total reviews (12 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (36)

  • 5
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  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Cotton's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (12)

He is a JOKE! He should not be practicing any kind of medicine ! He would not listen to me at all! Told me I had a stroke then called 2 min after I left and told me I didn’t have a stroke! Told me I couldn’t have an MRI because I take a blood thinner! He’s a total idiot! I don’t plan on paying...more
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This guy told me he didn’t believe I was having brain seizures even after looking at my EEG records showing I was having seizures. He then told me my symptoms were due to teenage stress and that I was hormonal. He put me on a medication that he said would help my seizures if I was truly having any...more
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What a complete joke of a neurologist. I have never had a doctor leave me a voicemail and tell me, "I don't know" so many times and then not be able to refer me to someone who does know. I have a diagnosis of vestibular migraine, my ENT referred me to him because he couldn't do anything else for...more
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Did not listen to my symptoms and rushed his appt with me. We was frustrated with me when I wasn't feeling better. I asked him (in tears) why I got migraines that won't go away and he said, "I don't know, but you've had them forever" and left the room.
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Was refered to him by work comp doctor. He didnt listen to me and said my headaches would go away in time. Wouldn't refer my EX wife to this guy. I would give this guy a zero if i could.
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