Born and raised in Fort Payne, AL, I chose to return here after medical school and surgical training to live and work in the community that I grew up in. My wife was raised in Kentucky and is now an Emergency Physician here at DeKalb Regional Medical Center and we both try to take active roles in our community.
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Learn about Dr. Cole
As a surgeon, my skills include a variety of very specific surgical procedures which are beneficial in multiple situations. I give my best effort in applying my skills, my experience, advancing and ever changing technologies and my judgment to each circumstance or situation.
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 General Surgery
Board certified in General Surgery
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Colon & Rectal Surgery
Wound & Burn Care
Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
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.
Anal and Rectal Cancer
Anal or Rectal Pain
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Benign Diseases of the Intestine
Cholecystitis and Gallstones
Chronic Non-Healing Wounds
Collapsed Lung (Pneumothorax)
Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Diabetic (Charcot) Foot
Diaphragmatic and-or Hiatal Hernia
Esophageal Motility Disorders
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Head and Neck Cancer
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome Characterized by Constipation
Irritable Bowel Syndrome With Alternating Bowel Habit
Large Bowel Obstruction
Malignant Diseases of the Intestine
Metastatic Skin Cancer
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
Partial Lung Collapse
Penetrating Chest Wounds
Peripheral Arterial Embolism and Thrombosis
Peripheral Vascular Disease (PAD, PVD)
Phlebitis and Thrombophlebitis
Postoperative Abdominal Wound Dehiscence
Short Bowel Syndrome
Small Intestine Cancer
Small Intestine Disorders
Small Intestine Diverticulosis
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Head and Neck
Stomach and Small Intestine Cancer
Vascular Insufficiency of Intestines
Wound and-or Ulcer Foot
Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
Anoscopy With Removal of Anal Tumor
Arteriovenous Shunt Creation
Axillary Lymph Node Dissection
Bile Duct Procedure
Biopsy of Breast
Bone Marrow Biopsy
Bowel Obstruction Repair
Bowel Reconstruction Surgery
Breast Surgical Procedure
Colon Cancer Screening
Colon and Rectal Surgery
Colonoscopy With Polypectomy
Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
Colorectal Cancer Screening
Colorectal Cancer Treatment
Destruction of Anal Tumor
Detailed Stool Analysis
Diabetic Wound Care
Dialysis Access Procedures
Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
Endoscopic Common Bile Duct Stone Removal
Endoscopy (Esophagus, Stomach, Small Intestine)
Esophageal Cancer Resection
Excision of Breast Tumor
Excision of Rectal Tumor
Excision of Skin Lesion
Excision, Shaving, or Destruction of Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue (incl. Mohs Micrographic Surgery), Tissue Transfer
Gastric Restrictive With Partial Gastrectomy or Jejunojejunostomy
Gastrointestinal Surgery, Laproscopic
Head and Neck Surgery
Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Inguinal Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Inguinal Hernia Repair, Open
Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
Jejunostomy Tube Placement
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery
Laparoscopic Colon Surgery for Cancer and Diverticular Disease
Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Exploration
Laparoscopic Common Bile Duct Stone Removal
Laparoscopic Rectal Surgery
Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
Lymph Node Biopsy or Excision
Lymph Node Resection
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Non-Surgical Treatment of Hemorrhoids
Oral Surgical Procedures
Pediatric Gastroenterology Procedures
Percutaneous Edoscopic Gastrostomy (PEG)
Port Placements or Replacements
Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
Resection of Diverticulae
Sentinel Node Biopsy
Single Incision Gallbladder Removal
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin Cancer Surgery With Reconstruction
Skin Cancer Tumor Treatment
Skin Lesion Biopsy
Skin Lesion Removal
Small Bowel Enteroscopy
Small Bowel Resection
Small Bowel Surgery
Suture Soft Tissue Wound
Umbilical or Ventral Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
Vascular Surgical Procedure
Wound Care and Management
Malpractice Claims not available
Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Alabama.
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact the quality of care you receive. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.
No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
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.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
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.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
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.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1999
University of Alabama At Birmingham
Medical School | Graduated 2004
University Of Kentucky Medical Center
Internship Hospital | Completed 2006
University Of Kentucky Medical Center
Residency Hospital | Completed 2012
Wake Forest Bapt Med Ctr
Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
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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