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Happy 10th Anniversary

Cockerell Dermatopathology

Jul 7, 2023

Cockerell Dermatopathology Celebrates 10 Years of Providing World-Class Diagnostic Services.

Cockerell Dermatopathology, one of the world’s leading dermatopathology practices, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Led by Dr. Clay Cockerell, a double board-certified physician in dermatology and dermatopathology, the practice specializes in the diagnosis of dermatologic disorders – conditions that affect the skin, hair, and nails.  

Cockerell Dermatopathology works with physicians and clinicians across the globe to provide definitive diagnoses and second opinions for their patients. “Our philosophy is to treat every specimen we screen as if it came from one of our own family members,” Dr. Cockerell said. “I believe it’s that level of commitment that keeps our referring physicians and clinicians coming back year after year, and we are honored that they entrust us with the diagnosis of their patients.”

Dr. Cockerell, who has been practicing medicine since 1986, has built a reputation as a sought-after dermatopathologist, lecturer and panelist. He offers several educational events each year, both in person and virtually, through which other medical providers in the dermatology field can gain continuing education credits.  Most recently, Dr. Cockerell hosted his 10th annual Practical Symposium conference in Vail, Colorado, bringing together nearly 200 attendees, guests, and industry partners from across the country. For more information about educational events hosted by Dr. Cockerell, visit

In addition to the educational offerings provided directly by Dr. Cockerell, he is frequently asked to serve as a lecturer at other conferences, such as the American Academy of Dermatology, Fall and Winter Clinical Dermatology conferences, and other scientific meetings throughout the United States and the globe.

Dr. Cockerell’s commitment to education also extends to training the next generation of dermatologists. He currently serves as program director for the newly appointed Health Education Services dermatology residency program sponsored by Lake Granbury Medical Center in Granbury, Texas. Dr. Cockerell helped establish the program in partnership with The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth’s Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine to address the nationwide shortage of skilled dermatologists.

Dermatology is one of the hardest specialties to get into in all of medicine,” Dr. Cockerell said. “Our program is designed to train dermatology residents to become experts in their field and also equip them with the business skills to run their own practice one day. We are excited for our first group of residents who will help fill the gap in this specialized area of medicine.”

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About Clay J. Cockerell, MD, JD, MBA

Dr. Clay J. Cockerell is a world-renowned specialist in treating and diagnosing skin disorders and has diagnosed over three million biopsies.

An internationally recognized pioneer in his field and double board-certified in dermatology and dermatopathology, Dr. Cockerell has been practicing medicine since 1986.  He is currently the Founder & President of Cockerell Dermatopathology and the Program Director of the Health Education Services dermatology residency program sponsored by the Lake Granbury Medical Center.  Also, Dr. Cockerell sees patients a few days per month to assist with resident training and to keep his clinicopathological skills sharp.

Dr. Cockerell has held numerous leadership positions within several highly regarded medical associations.  Most notably, he served as the President, Secretary & Treasurer and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Dermatology, President of the Texas Dermatological Society, and President of the Dallas Dermatological Society.  Also, Dr. Cockerell holds leadership roles as Founder and President of Cockerell Dermatopathology and a former AmeriPath Board of Directors member.

Dr. Cockerell and his wife, Brenda, had a lifelong dream of producing wine and, in 2005, purchased a vineyard in Calistoga, California.  They now produce wine under the Coquerel Family Wine Estates label.  Dr. Cockerel and Brenda have two children, Charles and Lillian, and they have been married for forty-six years.  In addition, Dr. Cockerell and Brenda enjoy traveling, golf, and winter sports.

About Cockerell Dermatopathology

The Cockerell Dermatopathology story begins with Dr. Clay J. Cockerell's vision to establish a practice whose mission is to treat each specimen as if it came from one of own family members. Family! At Cockerell Dermatopathology, every employee is driven by a relentless pursuit of diagnostic excellence. We specialize in evaluating dermatologic disorders, tackling cases ranging from the routine to the most challenging.

Our practice continuously invests in cutting-edge technologies to best serve each referring clinician and their patients. These innovations result in higher-quality diagnostic slides, quicker turnaround times for routine cases, and seamless deployment of EMR interfaces.

From an educational perspective, Cockerell Dermatopathology is more than a dermatopathology practice. We host numerous in-person and internet-based education events and boast a state-of-the-art 14-headed microscope for dermatology resident training sessions.

Our services extend beyond borders, serving hundreds of clinicians in Texas, throughout the United States, and globally. With a highly accessible team of board-certified dermatopathologists and a dedicated support staff, our vision is simple yet profound. Family, we treat every specimen as if it were from one of our own family members.

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