Dr. Renee Cotter has been providing quality care to the West Hills community in Obstetrics and Gynecology since 1991. Although Dr. Cotter no longer practices obstetrics, she continues to provide operative gynecology and high quality, in-office care. Dr. Cotter is one of America's Top Gynecologists and one of the best gynecologic surgeons in West San Fernando Valley. Her primary passion is to provide individualized care to each patient in office and specializes in many outpatient and inpatient procedures. She specializes in advanced laparoscopic surgery including outpatient laparoscopic hysterectomy and is the only gynecologist in West Hills that performs advanced surgical repairs for pelvic organ prolapse and urinary incontinence. Additionally, her in office procedures include endometrial ablation to treat heavy periods and tubal occlusion as a method of birth control. No other physician in the area aside from Dr. Cotter provides these advance treatments in the safety, privacy, and convenience of the office. Dr. Cotter received her BA in Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1982 after which she completed medical school at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in 1987. Her internship and residency training was done at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles. After residency she established her private practice where she remains today in West Hills, California. Dr. Renee Cotter is married with two children. She lives close to her office and the West Hills Hospital and Medical Center.
Dr. Renee Cotter and her staff are dedicated to providing individualized, personalized care in advanced gynecology and offer aesthetic laser treatments. We also offer other aesthetic treatments such as injectables, facial fillers, and botox.
I communicate with each of my patients and listen to their unique, individual needs. I strive to explain their medical condition and discuss their treatment options and advise on the beset course of option for their needs. Questions are answered and no patient will leave the office thinking they were rushed through their visit.
Dr. Cotter's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Gynecology
Board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Surgery
Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery
Obstetrics & Gynecology
Accredited by: American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology*
Why It Matters: Dr. Cotter's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding
All Headaches (incl. Migraine)
Asymptomatic Post-Menopausal Status
Blood Disorders in Pregnancy
Carcinoma in Situ
Congenital Anomalies of Breast
Encounters for Normal Pregnancies
Excessive Menstrual Bleeding
HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
High Risk Pregnancy
Menopausal and Postmenopausal Disorders
Menstrual Disorders (incl. Dysmenorrhea)
Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
Noninflammatory Cervical Disorders
Pap Smear Abnormalities
Pelvic Floor Disorders
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID)
Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Sexual Pain Disorders
Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)
Vaginal and Pelvic Prolapse
Vaginitis and-or Vaginosis
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy
Breast Surgical Procedure
Depo-Provera® Birth Control Shot
Destruction or Excision of Lesion of Cervix (incl. LEEP)
Destruction or Excision of Vaginal Lesions
Dilation and Curettage
Excision of Cervix
Excision of Skin Lesion
Fecal Occult Blood Test for Colorectal Cancer
Gynecologic Cancer Screening
Herpes Simplex Screening
Hormone Replacement Therapy
Hysterectomy - Laparoscopic
Hysterectomy - Open
Implantable Birth Control
Incontinence Sling Procedure
Intrauterine Device (IUD) Placement
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
Myomectomy - Open and-or Laparoscopic
Pelvic Floor Repair
Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
Rh Incompatibility Screening
Sexually Transmitted Infections Screening
Smartlipo Triplex® Laser Liposuction
Weight Loss Management
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University of California at Santa Cruz
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1982
St Louis University
Medical School | Graduated 1988
White Memorial Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 1991
White Memorial Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 1991
Loma Linda University
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1991
Cynosure Smartlipo Laser Liposuction
Other Education | Completed
Physician and Surgeon's Certificate
Other Education | Completed 1989
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Cotter has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
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