J. Dean Cole, MD
J. Dean Cole, MD, the Medical Director of the Fracture Care Center, is nationally recognized as a leader in orthopaedic traumatology with more than 25 years of experience. His reputation is built on skill, dedication to excellence, commitment to quality patient care, innovation, and a contribution to advancing orthopaedic medicine. Dr. Cole is the driving force behind the FCC’s success. His experience and talents have built the reputation of the Center and made it a destination for the treatment of complex orthopaedic injuries and conditions.
Dr. Cole is also well known for his approach to complex procedures, such as deformity correction, limb lengthening, bone infection (osteomyelitis) treatment, limb salvage, calcaneus fractures and nonunions/malunions. He has pioneered the minimally invasive approach to treating orthopaedic trauma.
Dr. Cole has invented new types of implants and devices to aid in successful surgery outcomes. Among the patents is that for the ISKD, the first FDA-approved internal limb lengthening device. The device has transformed the face of limb lengthening and provides physicians and patients with an alternative to the traditional approach. Highly regarded among his peers, he is considered an expert in the management and treatment of orthopaedic traumatology.
Raised in Titusville, Florida, J. Dean Cole, MD received his Bachelor of Arts from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of South Florida, College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He completed his Residency at the University of South Florida Hospital before finishing his Fellowship in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the University of Texas Medical School. In 1987, Dr. Cole was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Medical School. Dr. Cole returned to Florida in 1989 to begin work with Matthews Orthopedic Clinic before entering into private practice in 1997.
Dr. Cole has invented a multitude of groundbreaking devices to enhance surgery and promote successful outcomes. His medical works have been published in more than two dozen medical journals, reviews and academic periodicals. His accomplishments also include his highly successful national and international lectures on topics ranging from his devices, inventions, and patents to breakthrough orthopaedic procedures. Dr. Cole has held leadership positions in numerous professional societies, orthopaedic and medical organizations.
- Intramedullary Intertrochantric Fixation Nail (2000)
- In Line Tension Cable System (1998)
- Intramedullary Skeletal Kinetic Distractor for Bone Lengthening (1994)
- Uniflex Supracondylar Nail (1993)
- Humeral Locking Nail (1993)
- Vector Intramedullary Hip Screw (1992)
- Fibula Locking Nail (1991)
- Internal Pelvic Fixation System (1991)
- AIM Interlocking Tibial Nail (1990)
- Radiolucent Drill Offset for Interlocking Nailing (1989)
- Forearm Locking Nail (1988)
- 8mm Cannulated Screw (1988)