Biography & Education

Dr. Cole uses a holistic approach to customize each of his patient's treatment programs. He believes in educating patients about appropriate care options so they can make the best healthcare decisions to relieve their pain and optimize their function.
Position Summary Executive Director, Swedish Musculoskeletal Services, Swedish Health Services
Additional Information

About Dr. Cole:

Dr. Cole is the Executive Director of Musculoskeletal Services at Swedish. He is a nationally known specialist in the field of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine and has been a member and leader of many medical and service organizations and boards.  He also has been a team physician for numerous sports teams.  Dr. Cole is a prolific author in his field, editing seven textbooks and publishing more than 100 articles. Additionally, he is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington.


��Dr. Cole was voted "Top Doctors" in Seattle Metropolitan Magazine (2012)

Nearly 4,500 physicians, nurses and physician assistants in King, Kitsap and Snohomish counties nominated colleagues they would choose to treat themselves and their loved ones.

News Release

  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Education Background
Medical School University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.
Residency Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY
Fellowship Musculoskeletal Research, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY; Spine, Sports and Occupational Injury Rehabilitation, SpineCare Medical Group, Daly City, Calif.
  • English
Personal Interests
As part of his active lifestyle, Dr. Cole enjoys cooking; sailing and all water sports activities; traveling; and community service.

Care Locations

751 N.E. Blakely Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98209
1750 112th Ave., N.E.
Building 3, Suite D-258
Bellevue, WA 98004
Fax 425-498-2334
Accepted Insurances
  • Yes
Accepted Payment Methods
Accept all major insurances and credit cards.
Accepting Medicaid


  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
Clinical Interests
  • Acute Pain Management
  • Back/Spine Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel/Peripheral Nerve
  • Cervical Spine Problems/Proc.
  • Cervical/Lumbar Degen. Disorders
  • Diagnostic Pain Management
  • Disc Problems
  • Electrodiagnostic Medicine
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Heel Pain
  • Interventional Pain Management
  • Knee Injuries
  • Limb Numbness
  • Limb Pain
  • Meniscal Tear
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Neck Pain
  • Nerve Conduction Studies (NCV)
  • Numbness
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Specialists
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Medicine


Patient Ratings and Comments
About Our Survey

The Patient Rating score is based on responses given during the CAHPS Patient Experience Survey. Responses are measured on a 10-point scale, with 10 being the best score. These scores are then translated to a 5-point scale in order to display results in a 5-star rating. Comments are also gathered from the same survey and displayed in their entirety with the exception of any language that may be considered slander, libel or contain private health information, which will be removed prior to publishing the comments.

4.7 out of 5 (37 Ratings, 10 Comments)


Each visit spent about 5-10 mins. w/doctor.
Swedish Patient

I am very happy with Dr. Cole and my surgeon Dr. [...]!!
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Cole explains your medical problem so you can understand why you need tests to help decide next steps.
Swedish Patient

I had a good experience .
Swedish Patient

Dr. Cole is always a great about fully listening, answering questions, trying the least intrusive treatment first, following up with tests if that doesn't solve the problem, and either providing the right treatment or referring you to another specialist if that's what he believes is your best alternative. He has been with me through back pain, physical therapy, injections and finally referral for a surgeon to review my problem and an MRI. He has respected my preference to take the more conservative path until that was no longer an option. I cannot say enough good things about the excellent care I have received from Dr. Cole.
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Cole listened to my concerns and OFFERED his help if I need a referral for other services.
Swedish Patient

Again, Dr Cole is an excellent provider and as someone in [...] medicine for over 20 years i recommend him highly. I just made a referral to him last week and another to your new excellent pain MD.
Swedish Patient

Complete a thorough exam & explanation of injury & tx choices. Very impressed.
Swedish Patient

*Dr. Cole spent time explaining everything, and made sure I understood my reports and scans. I felt respected.
Swedish Patient

I was in severe pain and *Dr. Coles only recommendation was, "go to physical therapy....." I had to ask for pain meds...
Swedish Patient