Andrew Cole, MD

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Andrew Cole

Dr. Andrew Cole has 30 years of experience specializing in spine and joint pain management. He has served on the Veritas Health Medical Advisory Board for 20 years.


Dr. Cole has held numerous medical appointments throughout his career and recently served as the Executive Director of Rehabilitation & Performance Medicine Enterprise for Swedish Health Services and as Medical Director of Ambulatory Musculoskeletal Services for Swedish Medical Group.

He has held several academic faculty positions, such as Clinical Professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and Clinical Preceptor at Midwestern University. He has been an active researcher of spine pain rehabilitation, lecturing nationally and internationally, and writing journal articles and book chapters on the topic.

Dr. Cole founded a non-profit organization, Community Based Rehabilitation International, which delivers rehabilitation solutions to Carribean nations.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • WA State Medical License

Spine Medicine Leadership

  • Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine
  • Fellow, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Fellow, North American Spine Society
  • Member, Washington State Medical Association
  • Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Lectureship, American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Past President, Physiatric Association for Spine, Sports and Occupational Rehabilitation

Professional Awards and Recognition

  • Super Doctor,
  • Top M.D., Consumers Checkbook
  • Best Doctors, Castle and Connolly
  • Best Doctors Internationally


  • BA – Williams College, Williamstown, MA
  • MD – University of Virginia School of Medicine
  • Internship – St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center, San Francisco, CA
  • Residency – Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Fellowship – Nonoperative Management of Spine, Sports and Occupational Injuries, SpineCare Medical Group, Daly City, CA
  • Fellowship – Musculoskeletal Research, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

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Profile last updated: April 22, 2024.