Dr. W. C. Cole Claiborne is a board-certified dermatologist practicing cosmetic, medical, and surgical dermatology. Dr. Claiborne is a cum laude graduate of Isidore Newman School and Washington & Lee University. He attended LSU-New Orleans School of Medicine and LSU School of Public Health where he graduated at the top of his class. He was the only member of his medical class to receive both a Doctor of Medicine and a Master of Public Health degree at graduation.
Following medical school, Dr. Claiborne completed his Internal Medicine internship at LSU-New Orleans and won an award for medical excellence. Prior to beginning his dermatology residency, Dr. Claiborne served as a clinical research fellow for Tulane Dermatology. During that time, he was a sub-investigator for ten randomized clinical drug trials for atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. He continues to stay active in and up to date with research to optimize patient outcomes.
Dr. Claiborne is presently an investigator for the LITE Study, a pragmatic phototherapy clinical trial for patients with plaque psoriasis. Dr. Claiborne’s practice is the only site in Louisiana chosen by the National Psoriasis Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania for this esteemed clinical trial. He has been featured several times on WWLT for his dermatology research and insight.
During his Tulane Dermatology residency, Dr. Claiborne received numerous scholarships and grants to attend national meetings, master novel techniques and ‘best in class’ treatments for difficult cases. In his final year of training, Dr. Claiborne served as Cosmetic Chief Resident and oversaw Tulane Dermatology’s cosmetic clinic and resident aesthetic education. He is passionate about minimally invasive facial rejuvenation and the products to do so – neuromodulators (such as Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, and Xeomin), injectable fillers (such as Juvederm and Restylane), submental fat reduction (Kybella), chemical peels, cosmeceuticals, and lasers.
Dr. Cole Claiborne maintains active memberships with the following organizations:
The American Academy of Dermatology
The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
The Society for Pediatric Dermatology
The Women’s Dermatological Society
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
The Dermatology Foundation
The Skin Cancer Foundation
The Medical Dermatology Society
Louisiana Dermatology. Society
He guides statewide dermatology leadership serving as an executive committee member for the Louisiana Dermatological Society. He is a staff dermatologist at Touro Infirmary and Ochsner Saint Bernard Parish Hospital. He also lectures Tulane Dermatology residents on difficult cases and pearls from private practice. Dr. Claiborne has been published in JAMA Dermatology, serves on the editorial board of peer reviewed journals, and is a member of select scientific advisory boards.
As a father himself, Dr. Claiborne also has a keen interest in pediatric dermatology. He trained at Children’s Hospital Dermatology Clinic during residency and is adept at treating infants and adolescents.
Dr. Claiborne treats every patient, big or small, as if they were part of his own family, and he hopes to see you or your loved ones in the near future.