Top Doctors 2023 Award

By Dr. Christopher Cote and Dr. Nicolette Picerno on January 2, 2024 under Plastic Surgery

Top Doctors 2023 Award

Dr. Cote and Dr. Picerno were recently awarded as 2023 Top Doctors by two highly recognized organizations: Castle Connolly Top Doctors® and 5280 Magazine. These are highly competitive awards and we are honored that both of our plastic surgeons at FacesFirst have been awarded. The awards for 2023 Top Docs are further proof of the exceptional care that patients will receive from Drs. Cote and Picerno.

What is Castle Connolly Top Doctors®? 

It can be difficult for patients to find the information they need to make educated decisions about their medical care. It is this understanding and the desire for patients to empower themselves that Castle Connolly Top Doctors® was created. Castle Connolly is a database of the top 7% of doctors from every state in all major specialties. It is widely regarded as one of the most reliable sources of information about American medicine and the best doctors in the country.

All Top Doctors are peer-nominated and then awarded after an analysis of several criteria, including education, professional qualifications, research leadership, reputation, and disciplinary history. Skills regarding patient care are also evaluated; these include the doctor’s ability to listen and communicate, demonstrate empathy, and provide their patients with trust and confidence in their abilities. Only 5,280 Top Doctors were awarded this year after a rigorous research and evaluation process by Castle Connolly’s elite physician-led team. After meeting all of these criteria, Drs. Cote and Picerno are honored to receive this award for 2023.

5280 Recognition

5280 is a highly recognized local magazine that has been creating a list of the best Denver doctors, dentists, lawyers, neighborhoods, and restaurants for over 30 years. For this year’s Top Doctors list, they partnered with Castle Connolly with the shared goal of helping people access the best possible healthcare. This partnership, and the information received from Castle Connolly’s database, allowed them to create a more comprehensive list of about 700 Top Doctors in the Denver area. We are grateful for this additional recognition and for the amazing community we serve.

About Dr. Cote 

Dr. Christopher Cote is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon and head and neck surgeon. He has previously been named this year’s Newsweek America’s Best Plastic Surgeon for rhinoplasty and “Physician of the Month” by EarWell in 2022, along with many other honors and career highlights.

Dr. Cote previously served 12 years in the United States Army and was Chief of Otolaryngology for U.S. Forces in Korea. He was also Chief of Otolaryngology and Chief of Facial Plastic Surgery at Walter Reed as well as the otolaryngologist consultant at the White House Medical Unit. His diverse career background has given him a unique perspective and he is grateful to improve patient’s quality of life with plastic surgery and reconstructive procedures. 

About Dr. Picerno

Dr. Nicolette Picerno is board-certified as a head and neck surgeon, facial plastic surgeon, and otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat). She is currently the only female facial plastic surgeon in the entire Denver, CO, area. Dr. Picerno has previously been awarded as a Top Doctor in 2018 and 2022 and was named “America’s Best Cosmetic Doctor” by Castle Connelly in 2005 and 2006.

Dr. Picerno’s advanced training and skills give her a unique perspective in the field of cosmetic surgery. She evaluates each patient’s facial structure and where they are at in the aging process to create the best possible treatment plan. Patients also trust her because of her empathy, friendly nature, and dedication to great experiences at each step of their surgical treatment. 

Schedule a Consultation

At FacesFirst Cosmetic Surgery, patients can find the highest quality of care with advanced surgical methods and comprehensive treatment plans customized to each patient’s unique needs. To learn more about your options for facial plastic surgery in Denver, schedule a consultation with our Top Docs today.