Dr. Cole received his BS in Biology at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces where he graduated with highest honors and was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. He received his MD from Cornell University Medical College in New York. He interned and had his residency at Emory University Affiliated Hospitals in Atlanta and subsequently completed a fellowship in Surgical Oncology at the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Cancer Institute (NCI) Surgery Branch in Bethesda. He is Board Certified through the American Board of Surgery and his primary clinical field of interest is breast cancer and GI malignancies. His research focus is novel cancer vaccine development and molecular diagnostics for which he has had continuous NIH funding since 1997.
He is a member of many professional and scientific societies such as the American Surgical Society, the Southern Surgical Association, Society of University Surgeons, and the International Society of Surgery. He has served on many national committees and is currently on the Foundation board for the Society of University Surgeons, a State Councilor for the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and also on the program committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He has served on numerous NCI review panels and study sections and has over 90 peer review publications and chapters. Dr. Cole currently serves as the McKoy Rose Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina.