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Ryan P. Cole, MD

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Internal Medicine, Board Certified Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Area of Focus in General Nonoperative Sports Medicine

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Areas of Focus

Foot & Ankle Care
Hand & Wrist Care
Hip Care
Knee Care
Shoulder & Elbow Care
Sports Concussion
Sports Medicine

Ryan P. Cole, MD

Practice Overview

Dr. Cole is a primary care sports medicine physician who specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of sports medicine and musculoskeletal concerns. This includes concussion care and management. He has experience working with all types of patients ranging from professional athletes to those just looking to remain active.

Originally from St. Louis, MO, Dr. Cole has always been an avid sports fan and played multiple sports growing up. He attended the University of Missouri where he received his undergraduate degree in Biology. After obtaining his undergraduate degree, he went on to medical school at the University of Cincinnati. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Texas Southwestern in Dallas. From there, he completed his fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. During his fellowship year he served as team physician for DePaul University. He also helped provide game and training camp coverage for both The Chicago Bulls and White Sox.

Dr. Cole has spent the last 5 years serving as a team physician for Northwestern University. There he provided care for multiple teams including: Men’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Volleyball, Softball, Men’s Swimming and Wrestling. During his time at Northwestern he also helped care for over 1,200 club athletes spanning almost all sporting endeavors.

Clinical Interest

Shoulder care

Elbow care

Hand and wrist care

Hip care

Knee care

Foot and ankle care

Sports related concussions

Ultrasound guided injections


Board Certified, American Board of Internal Medicine
Primary Care Sports Medicine Subspecialty Certification

Primary Care Sports Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Illinois

Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas

Medical Degree
Doctor of Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio

Professional Affiliations

American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, Member
American College of Sports Medicine, Member
American College of Physicians, Member

Sports Affiliations

Team Physician: USA Curling (2019 – Present)
Team Physician: Henry Sibley High School (2018 – Present)
Team Physician: South St. Paul High School (2019 – Present)
Team Physician: Minnesota Vikings (2018 – 2021)


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Patient Testimonials

October 16, 2019

Aaron M.

We made an appointment with Dr. Cole a couple of days after my daughter sustained her first concussion while playing lacrosse. Quite a surprise when we got in the next day! We met with Fred initially and he ran my daughter through a series of questions and tests. He was confident in the fact that she had a concussion but Dr. Cole would confirm it. Dr. Cole did confirm the concussion and provided us with a game plan that allowed for my daughter to get back to normal activity as soon as possible. We did physical therapy with Michael Steiner at TCO Eagan and he was fantastic overall. Whether it was how much he cared for my daughter or continually letting us know what he’s seeing and how we should react to it. In addition to PT, my daughter needed vision therapy as well. Dr. Cole and Michael Steiner suggested eye therapy with Dr. Trent Cole in order to bring my daughter’s eyes back to normal. The care provided by all three doctors was phenomenal and I would highly recommend going to Dr. Cole if you’re ever in the position we were.

March 18, 2019

Kris Z.

We saw Dr. Cole because my daughter Riley (15), was experiencing acute pain in her left foot. She plays high school basketball and had a sharp, persistent pain that would not go away. Dr. Cole ordered x-rays because he suspected a stress fracture but they came back non-conclusive. He then suggested we do an MRI because he was suspicious the x-rays were not telling the whole story. We did the MRI and sure enough, there it was. I feel Dr. Cole went above and beyond to help diagnose Riley’s foot pain. I think most doctors would have said the x-ray didn’t show anything and been done. Dr. Cole explained his thoughts the entire way through the process. I felt like we were making informed decisions based on him taking the time to make sure we were educated.  He was a very thoughtful, kind and effective doctor for us.

Not only is he a great doctor but he is a great guy! Riley is interested in becoming a doctor and during our time with Dr. Cole had asked him a few questions about his educational history and experiences. Dr. Cole took extra time to share his thoughts and feelings on how he became a doctor and some of his background. Riley left his office that day excited about her future as a doctor – amazed that he took the time to discuss his life with her. I just can’t say enough about how Dr. Cole took care of us. He took the time to really understand her background, which I think was instrumental to his diagnosis. He was a great doctor and a great role model for our daughter. Thanks, Dr. Cole!!

January 23, 2019

Patrick M.

My daughter Emily sustained an injury during basketball. We called TCO to get an appointment, and were able to be seen almost immediately. We first met with Fred, who genuinely showed compassion to Emily, and made her feel comfortable. He took the time to discuss the process which was about to take place to evaluate, and eventually treat the injury. We then met with Dr. Cole. He talked to Emily in a way which made her understand what was taking place, and kept her at ease. It was determined that Emily did have a fracture, and the TCO team went into action creating a plan. The care coordination was extraordinary. We met on regular intervals with Dr. Cole and his care team. Fred often followed up, in between visits, to understand our progress. I called Fred with questions, and received timely responses. The overall experience was fantastic. I know where will be will coming, should an event like this take place in the future.

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