Meet Dr. Robert E. Cole, MD FACS

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Curriculum Vitae



  • University of California, Los Angeles; Bachelor of Arts, 1974
  • University of South Dakota; Postgraduate Biochemistry Research, 1975

Medical School:

  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York, 1982


  • University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1982-1987

Advanced Coursework:

  • Course Director, Laparoscopic Cholecystectomy, Houston Laser Institute, 1990
  • Advanced Laparoscopic Procedures: Bowel Resection, Appendectomy, Biopsies, 1990- Present

Certifications - Fellowship

Board Certification:

  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1983
  • American Board of Surgery, 1988
  • Re-Certification, 1998 and 2008


  • American College of Surgeons, 1991

Hospital Affiliations - Board Positions 

Providence Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center, Santa Monica, California, 1987 – Present:

  • Member At Large, Medical Executive Committee, 2008 - 2010
  • General Surgery Department, Vice-Chairman, 1996 - 2007
  • Surgical Services Review, Vice-Chairman, 1992 - Present

Surgery Center of the Pacific, Santa Monica, California, 1994 - Present

Society Memberships

American Society of General Surgery, 1987 - Present

  • Certified as an Surgery Expert Witness, 2005

The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 1987 - Present

The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, 2000 - Present


  • “Intracellular pH Measurements with a Spectroscopic Probe Generated in Situ”
    Published and presented at the Southwestern Biochemical Conference, Oklahoma, 1976
  • “Aggressive Surgical Approach for Drug-Free Remission from Myasthenia Gravis”
    Annals of Surgery, June 1987
  • “Pros and Cons of a Mass Media Colorectal Screening Program”
    Published and presented at the American Community Cancer Center, Washington, D.C., March 1989
  • “Cefoxitin in the Treatment of Aerobic and Anaerobic Infections: Prospective Correlation of
    In Vitro Susceptibility Methods with Clinical Outcome”  Hospital Practice Symposium Supplement, vol.25, September 4, 1994