Clay J. Cockerell, MD - Board-Certified Dermatologist in Dallas, TX

Clay J. Cockerell, MD

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Dr. Clay Cockerell is a board-certified dermatologist and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He currently sits on multiple boards and committees. Dr. Cockerell is internationally recognized for his contributions to both dermatology and dermatopathology. He is the past president of the American Academy of Dermatology. For many years, Dr. Cockerell has overseen an educational program designed to train the next generation of dermatopathologists. He has served as Associate Editor of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and is on the editorial boards of a number of medical journals including the American Journal of Dermatopathology.

Dr. Clay Cockerell serves as founder & medical director Cockerell Dermatopathology in Dallas, TX. Since joining the group in 1988, Cockerell Dermatopathology has grown into one of the nation’s most respected dermatopathology practices by always focusing on the needs of referring clinicians and their patients.

Dr. Clay Cockerell has been an avid collector of wine and involved in wine and food societies for many years and has an extensive collection of wine. In addition, Dr. Cockerell and his wife Brenda had long dreamed of producing their own wine and in 2005, they purchased an estate vineyard in Calistoga, California, and have begun producing wine under the label Coquerel Family Wine Estates.

He has two children, Charles and Lillian, and he and his wife have been married for forty years. In addition to wine and food, Dr. Cockerell and Brenda enjoy traveling, golf and winter sports.


Dr. Cockerell attended Texas Tech University for his undergraduate and later Baylor College of Medicine. He graduated from Baylor with honors and completed his residency at New York University Medical Center, serving as chief resident while also receiving training in pathology from Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York.

Certifications & Memberships

  • American Board of Dermatology
  • America Board of Dermatopathology

Former Officer Positions

  • American Academy of Dermatology, President, 2005-2006
  • American Academy of Dermatology, Secretary-Treasurer
  • Texas Dermatological Society, President
  • Dallas Dermatological Society, President
  • International Society of Dermatopathology, Vice President


Clay J. Cockerell, MD has extensive training and experience in dermatopathology.

Languages Spoken

  • English