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Dr. Ryan N. Cole received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was president of the student family practice association and a research associate in an immunology lab. 

He then spent 5 years in training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, completing his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology, as well as a fellowship in Surgical pathology, serving as chief fellow in his final year. 

Following this, he was accepted to a fellowship in dermatopathology, under the world expert in the field, Dr. A. Bernard Ackerman, at the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, in conjunction with the Columbia School of Medicine, in New York City, where he was again chief fellow.

Professional Experience

In 2004 he founded Cole Diagnostics, an independent, full-service medical laboratory in Boise, Idaho, and is the Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director. 

He is a board certified Anatomic and Clinical pathologist with a subspecialty training and 20 years experience in dermatopathology and particular interest in molecular diagnostics. Dr. Cole is licensed in states from coast to coast, and serves patients and clinicians across the country by providing accurate and timely  diagnoses. 

Cole Diagnostics processes and reports out approximately 40,000 blood and biopsy patient samples annually. In the last year, the lab has handled over 100,000 COVID testing samples.

Education & Training


MD - Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia


Residency - Anatomic and Clinical Pathology

Mayo Clinic


Fellowship, Surgical Pathology - Chief Fellow

Mayo Clinic


Fellowship, Dermatopathology - Chief Fellow

Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology, Columbia University

& More...

In his free time, Dr. Cole enjoys tending to his farm, building wooden boats, and creating functional fine art such as tables, bowls, and pens from reclaimed urban timber. Other hobbies include birding, canoeing, hiking, beekeeping, reading, and music.

Current Positions

Cole Diagnostics, CEO and Medical Director


2004 - present


May 2021 - present, Consultant


January 2021 - present

Castle BioSciences, Expert Consultant in melanoma diagnostics (DiffDX and DecisionDX)


2003 - present

VA Medical Center, Consulting Pathologist

Independent Doctors of Idaho, Board Member 


2019 - present

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