Dr. David Cotlar is a second-generation native Houstonian who attended Bellaire High School,  then graduated from the University of Texas  magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology.  He attended Baylor College of Medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1973, and stayed in the Baylor program for his pediatrics residency which included  Jeff Davis, Ben Taub, and Texas Children’s  hospitals.  He  is  fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and has been board certified since 1976 , recently fulfilling  the recertification process for the  American Board of Pediatrics in 2009.  He has for many years been a member of the Texas Medical Association, the Harris County Medical Association, and the Baylor Pediatrics Alumni Society.

Dr. Cotlar has been in solo pediatrics at the same location since setting up his practice at the newly opened Memorial Southwest Hospital Professional Building in 1977. He directed the pediatrics division of the Hospital’s Family Practice residency program for several years, and more recently has been involved in teaching Baylor medical students as an Assistant Clinical Professor in Pediatrics.  Like most pediatricians, he has developed a special interest in the preventive elements of children’s medical care, recognizing that pediatricians are in a unique position to reduce the risk of myriad disorders in later life.  He also has a special interest in the moral and character development of children, and the impact  of contemporary media exposure.

He has been married to another second-generation native Houstonian,  Bonny,  since 1971, and they take great pride in their daughter and four sons,  all married,  as well as a growing collection of grandchildren in four cities.  Dr. Cotlar’s interests include classical music (which he has taught to elementary school students and attempts to produce on the violin), people/community photography, non-fiction reading, baseball, and daily swimming.  He has in recent years been the recipient of awards for “Texas Super Doctors ” in Texas Monthly, from 2010 through 2014,  “Houston’s Best Doctors” in H Magazine,  “America’s Top Doctors” from Consumers’ Research Council, and the “Patients Choice”  Award.   He enjoys clinical practice very much, and  hopes to continue it,  G-d willing,  for years to come.

Marion Noska, LVN,  completed her 26th year as Dr. Cotlar’s office nurse in September of 2010.  A native of Port Lavaca and graduate of Victoria Nursing School, she spent the first 12 years of her nursing career working for the late pediatrician, Robert Gardner, MD.  She has been married for 35 years,  has two daughters, and is very active in church activities, being  honored with an appointment as a deaconess.

She was also selected for the 2008-2009 edition of Who’s Who.  Her duties in the office include just about every thing a pediatric nurse can do and even more than that, and our patients can attest that she does all of them compassionately and very efficiently.  She is particularly appreciated for her prompt and helpful patient callbacks.

Mary Johnson is our front office lady,  taking care of patient greeting,  telephone receptionist, and various other administrative tasks.  Mary is from San Antonio, is married with three children, and is licensed as a CNA.

She has a seven year background working with Weight Watchers, and has been in our office for three years.  She very much enjoys the personal interaction with all our patients and their families.


Our office is located at 7777  Southwest Freeway Suite 946 Houston, TX, 77074.  This is in Medical Plaza One of the Memorial Hermann Southwest complex, situated near the Beechnut exit of the Southwest Freeway.  Our building is the one connected by walkways to the Hospital and is across the driveway from the garage (which also has underground access).  There is also valet and surface parking available.   Our building has three clinical laboratories within it,  accommodating  almost every every insurance plan, and there is a Walgreen’s pharmacy in the lobby.   X-ray and other imaging facilities are are located in Medical Plaza Four, a few minutes’ walk or by shuttle from our building.

Although the Highway 59 offers the fastest and most convenient route from SugarLand or other areas which benefit from  a freeway approach,  for areas such as Meyerland, Bellaire, or other nearby southwest neighborhoods,  surface streets are easier and  much quicker.

For our patients whose condition warrants Emergency Department care or hospital admission, I utilize Texas Children’s Hospital or Memorial Hermann Children’s Hospital, depending on insurance affiliation .   For newborns,  I  personally see our babies at  Memorial Hermann Southwest, The Woman’s Pavilion of Texas Children’s Hospital,  and Texas Woman’s in the Texas Medical Center.