Dr. Heather Woodin (Cole) was born and raised in the "The Grand Canyon" state. Her family hails from Tucson where she planted her own roots after attending boarding school at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Family is very important to her, which contributed heavily towards her decision to return to Arizona. It allowed her to be closer to her parents and older brother. Back in Arizona, she continued her education at the University of Arizona where she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees. While in medical school, she quickly gravitated towards orthopaedics. Drawing from her experiences as a child on her father's construction sites, as well as her own injuries from playing competitive soccer, orthopaedics was a perfect fit. She chose the University of New Mexico (UNM) for her residency training. Already being accustomed to the culture and weather of the Southwest, she easily adapted to her new home. Snowboarding, mountain biking, and running the trails in New Mexico became a few of her favorite ways to blow off steam after long days in New Mexico's only Level 1 trauma facility. UNM Hospital receives the majority of patients suffering from the most difficult traumatic and life threatening injuries from throughout the state. During her residency she experienced a hands-on training experience. She developed great skills and an affinity for helping people heal. Those successes she found the most gratifying. She was also compelled by the variety of challenges she faced everyday. Adjusting to each patient's specific needs is paramount in a good trauma practice. Following her residency, she came back to Arizona, this time to do her fellowship training with Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons (SOTS). Here she honed her skills, focusing on complex injuries to the pelvis, acetabulum, and periarticular extremity injuries. She also displayed her aptitude and proficiency performing anterior total hip replacements. This revolutionary approach has helped her better serve her patients and enable them to progress following surgery much faster than the previous approaches and methods. Through the SOTS fellowship she was also afforded the opportunity to have a month to train abroad. She was lucky enough to work with Dr. Zsolt Balogh, one of the leading orthopaedic trauma surgeons in Australia. During that month she was able to learn firsthand about the healthcare system in Australia as well as different nuances in orthoapedic care. This was an important experience because it helped her shape the framework for her own practice, based on providing patients with the information to choose the best operative and non-operative solutions available to them. Joining SOTS is an exciting new chapter in her life. She now has her roots firmly planted in the Phoenix area and is looking forward to continuing the excellent standard that has come to define the SOTS team. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing sports, including volleyball, snowboarding, basketball, and soccer to name a few.
Dr. Cole's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Bone & Joint Non-Surgical Orthopedics
Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
Orthopedic Fracture Care
Orthopedic Hip Surgery
Orthopedic Knee Surgery
Orthopedic Trauma Surgery
Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
Dr. Cole does not have any board certifications listed.
Why It Matters: Dr. Cole's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Fractured Lower Leg
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Upper Extremity Fracture
Ankle Fracture Repair
Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Foot and Ankle Reconstruction
Foot and Ankle Surgery
Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hip Reconstruction Surgery
Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
Minimally Invasive Hip Surgery
Orthopedic Surgical Procedures
Partial Knee Replacement
Reconstructive Ankle Surgery
Reconstructive Foot Surgery
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Simple Fracture Care and Casting
Total Knee Replacement
Malpractice Claims not available
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Arizona.
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No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
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A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
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Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state.
0 Board Actions
No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor's board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered.
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states.
University Of Arizona
Undergraduate School | Graduated 2005
Univ Of Az Coll Of Med
Medical School | Graduated 2010
University Of New Mexico
Internship Hospital | Completed 2015
University Of New Mexico
Residency Hospital | Completed 2015
Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, Pllc
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2016
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Dr. Cole has no awards or honors listed.
Media & Publications
Dr. Cole has no media or publications listed.
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Memberships & Professional Affiliations
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