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Dr. Cotter was born in Galveston, Texas. With his father serving as a general surgeon in the Public Health Service, he moved with his family to New Orleans, then Memphis and finally to Huntsville, Alabama.

Growing up in Huntsville, Dr. Cotter graduated from Huntsville High School. In 1978 Dr. Cotter was named as a Distinguished Undergraduate Scholar at the University of Alabama where he graduated with majors in both Physical Anthropology and Chemistry.

After graduating from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine in 1982, Dr. Cotter trained in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center. He completed his Plastic Surgery training at the University of Louisville where he served as Chief Resident from 1986 – 1987. Dr. Cotter was certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. in 1989.

Shortly after receiving his certification, Dr. Cotter began practicing in Hoover and in Alabaster Alabama. In 1993 he established Shelby Plastic Surgery (currently COTTER PLASTIC SURGERY), where he continues to provide the highest degree of excellence in diagnostic and surgical skills, as well as medically correct skin care services.


Bachelor of Science and Physical Anthropology (Summa cum Laude)
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1974 – 1978

Doctor of Medicine
University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama, 1978 – 1982

General Surgery Residency
Carraway Methodist Medical Center, Birmingham, Alabama, 1982 – 1985

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency (Chief Resident, 1986 – 1987)
University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, 1985 – 1987

Physician Executive Masters of Business Administration
Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, 2010 – 2012

Master of Science in Health Law and Policy
Cumberland School of Law, Birmingham Alabama 2015-2017


Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners, 1983
Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1989


American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Inc.
Plastic Surgery Education Foundation (PSEF)
American Medical Association
Southern Medical Association
Medical Association State of Alabama
Alabama Society of Plastic Surgery
Shelby County Medical Society
Baptist Physician Alliance
Florida Medical Association


Phi Beta Kappa, University of Alabama, 1977
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, University of Alabama Birmingham School of Medicine, 1982
William L. Brohm Award for Surgical Excellence, University of Louisville School of Medicine, 1987


Executive Committee, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, 2000 – 2013
Chair & Member, Allied Health Professions Committee, 2000 – 2008
Chief of Surgery, Shelby Baptist Medical Center, 2006 – 2012
Preceptor, UAB Physician Assistant Program, 2007 – present
Chairman of the Board, Shelby Ambulatory Surgery Center, 2007 – 2008
Member, Board of Trustees, Baptist Health System, 2008 – present
Member, Audit and Integrity Committee, Baptist Health System, 2008 – 2009
Chairman, Quality and Mission Committee, Baptist Health System, 2009 – present
Member & Chair, Surgical Division, Baptist Physician Alliance-Baptist Health System, 2011 – present
Councilor for the State of Alabama, Southern Medical Association, 2013 – present
Chairman, Southern Medical Association Annual Assembly 2014-2015
Member, Raymond J. Harbert College of Business MBA Advisory Board Auburn, AL 2015-


Shelby Baptist Medical Center – Alabaster, Alabama
Shelby Ambulatory Surgery Center, LLC – Alabaster, Alabama

Certified Plastic Surgeon Birmingham AL, Alabaster, Pelham, Calera and surrounding areas.