Peter A. Cole, MD

Peter A. Cole, MD
  • Practicing Specialty: Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics
  • Doctor
  • Secondary Language: Spanish
  • Male

Though born in Havre de Grace, Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay, Dr. Cole originally comes from a small New England town outside of Boston, but moved when he was ten to Caracas, Venezuela with his family where he spent almost four years developing a love for the Latin culture and a fluency in Spanish. The family moved to Lighthouse Point, Florida, where he spent his High School years and which has been a family home base for many years. The other lasting home base and his emotional favorite is Cape Cod, Massachusetts to where all the Coles escape annually.

He received his undergraduate degree from Emory University in Atlanta, before taking a two year research fellowship position at Washington University in Saint Louis, the city from which his lovely wife Nancy hails. After this influential period in an elite diabetes and vascular research laboratory, he moved back to South Florida to attend the University of Miami School of Medicine.

He subsequently fulfilled his internship and residency at Brown University in Providence before two sequential fellowships in Orthopaedic Traumatology at Brown University-Rhode Island hospital and then at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. He took his first academic position at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson, where he began to develop new techniques for complex orthopaedic pathology, as well as a profound sense of responsibility to indigent care and missions.

He was recruited by the University of Minnesota Department Chair in 2002 to build an orthopaedic trauma division for the Regions Hospital Level I Trauma Center in Saint Paul. Within a few years, HealthPartners wanted to help grow, under his leadership and collaboration with the University, a full service line orthopaedic department which has become one of the most influential Orthopaedic practices in the Twin Cities.

As a full time Professor, of the University of Minnesota, practicing out of Regions Hospital, Dr. Cole has developed a worldwide reputation as an educator and researcher on advanced trauma topics including surgery of complex joint injuries, bone malunions, pelvic ring injuries. He is a leading expert in minimally invasive fracture care and complex shoulder girdle injury, and has the largest experience on record for the treatment of scapula fractures. Underlying these clinical, administrative, and investigative accomplishments is a passion for creative problem solving and an undying desire for the betterment of medicine for The Patient.

Dr. Cole and his wife Nancy founded and operate a medical ministry in the Peruvian Amazon called Scalpel At The Cross.



  • Medical School: University of Miami Hospitals and Clinics 1990
  • Internship in Surgery: Brown University 1992
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery: Brown University 1997
  • Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology: Harborview Medical Center 1998
  • Certification: Am Bd of Orthopaedic Surgery