Dr. Joel Cotton, MD

Dr. Joel Cotton, MD

Neurology  |  
Male  |  
Age 68
Insurances AcceptedSave
Dr. Joel Cotton, MD is a neurology doctor who practices in Omaha, NE. He is 68 years old and has been practicing for 43 years.

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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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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  • Neurology

Board Certifications

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

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 Aneurysm
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • 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 Neuropathies
  • Inflammatory and Toxic Neuropathy
  • 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
  • Post-Traumatic Epilepsy
  • Post-Traumatic Headache
  • Postherpetic Neuralgia
  • 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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  • EEG (Electroencephalogram)
  • EMG (Electromyography)
  • Non-Cosmetic Chemodenervation

Background Check

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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

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Cotton's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Cotton to family and friends
based on 35 total reviews (11 with comments)
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 (11)
in Elkhorn, NE |
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 and I was hospitalized because he prescribed me the wrong medication. Rudest doctor I have ever visited and doesn’t know what he’s doing at all.
in Omaha, NE |
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 me. He evaluated me for five minutes and sent me on my way refusing to change any meds I was on or even schedule a follow-up appointment. Supposedly he doesn't treat vestibular migraine... But weird that
Omaha, NE |
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.
in Council Bluffs, IA |
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.
Clarinda, IA |
I would never recommend this man to anyone! He rushed me through my appointment. When I tried to explain what was going on, he would cut me off and acted like he didn't want to hear what I had to say. He did a 10 minute physical exam that was a joke, my doctor did a more complete neurological exam than this guy did. He is a joke! A waste of time and fiances!
Omaha, Ne |
I'm not even sure how he has a medical license. Wouldn't peer even for a moment at my medical documents I brought showing medical history and symptoms. Couldn't get a word in edgewise to describe symptoms. Told me my migraines (3 day debilitating, photophobia, vomiting) were tension headaches and I should get on an anti depressant. I'm appalled at my appointment. I cannot believe that just happened. My PCP immediately referred me to a neurosurgeon instead of this joke. Don't go to this office!
Lincoln, NE |
Would have to argee with the most other reviews, he did not look at any of medical documentsi sent ahead of time. I have border line high cranial pressure, diagnosed visual issues, headaches 24/7 for 12 years, only time my headaches, sleep apnea, insominia went away was when i had a spinal tap that measured the cranial pressure. crap doctor doesn't listen or care. didnt let me say much at all and most his answers were crap. would not recommend him to anyone unless you wanted to torture them.
Omaha, NE |
crap doctor
Omaha, NE |
My appointment was just awful. I've had so many blood tests done and two MRIs, all through Methodist, and he didn't seem to know anything about them or have any of my records. He wouldn't let me explain my symptoms over the past 2 years, just asked how I was feeling TODAY. So if I had a heart attack a month ago, would it not matter because I wasn't having one TODAY?! Please don't go to him, he will do nothing for you.
in Papillion, NE |
Dr. Cotton spent time with me before and after a thorough exam, used common-sense methodology, and did not put me through unnecessary tests. This was a relief given that I've a) already undergone enough and b) have Medicare for insurance. I had to laugh when he lifted my purse and noted that my solution might begin (and end?) there. Suffice it to say, I'll be carrying a lighter load in the foreseeable future. Thanks to Dr. Cotton & his staff, I am now capable of resolving this particular burden.
Marcus, IA |
He was absolutely awful. He did not let me speak one word of what happened to me, did not perform a single test on me, and then got very pushy and cocky, trying to put me on medicine for something I didn't need. I was supposed to see Dr. Franco and I got stuck with this joke of person. Someone revoke his license, he ruined my life. I will never go back to him and beg everyone to never go to him unless you want him to put false information on your medical record.
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Dr. Cotton accepts 7 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Choice Plus POS II
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Card PPO
  • Cigna
    Cigna PPO
    Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
    Open Access
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • UnitedHealthCare
    Choice Plus POS
    Options PPO

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Hospitals where Dr. Cotton has admitting privileges

The Nebraska Methodist Hospital
8303 Dodge St
Omaha, NE 68114
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