Did you know that Dr. Kelly Cole is one of the original founders of the Arthritis Center of Lexington? Back in 1997, she helped create the center along with Dr. Egan. However, before we fill you in on more of Dr. Cole’s experience and background, we want to talk a bit more about the field of Rheumatology and what a rheumatologist does.
Rheumatology: The Treatment of Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disorders
As a doctor and board-certified rheumatologist, Kelly Cole completed additional training in the detection and treatment of diseases of the autoimmune system and muscles. You can develop an autoimmune response when your body misinterprets signals and attacks its own cells and tissues. This causes an inflammatory response that can occur in your eyes, internal organs, nervous system and/or skin. Some of the common musculoskeletal and autoimmune conditions that Dr. Cole treats include chronic back pain, gout, lupus, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and tendinitis. However, this is only a partial list.
Dr. Cole’s Educational and Work Experience Background
Dr. Cole earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 1983. From there, she went on to earn her credential as a medical doctor (MD) from the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in 1987. Dr. Cole completed both a residency and a fellowship after medical school. These include working in Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, which she completed in 1990, and a fellowship in Rheumatology in 1994.
When she finished her 1994 fellowship, Dr. Cole served as an Assistant Professor at the Division of Rheumatology at the University of Kentucky until 1997. This is the year that she and Dr. Rita Egan founded the Arthritis Center of Lexington. She is a current fellow with the American College of Rheumatology and a past member of the Arthritis Foundation Advisory Board. Dr. Cole has been board-certified in Rheumatology since 1990.
Interview with Dr. Kelly Cole
We hope this recent interview with Dr. Cole will help you get to know her better.
What is your favorite part of being a rheumatologist? My favorite part of being a Rheumatologist is trying to help people get out of pain and be functional.
What is your biggest professional accomplishment? My biggest professional accomplishment was starting the Arthritis Center in 1997 with Dr. Egan.
What do you like to do in your spare time? In my spare time, I like to read and spend time with family.
If you describe your work in one adjective, what would it be, and why? My work is challenging. Every case is different and there are many options to treat people. It is sometimes difficult to find the right one to treat people.
Do you have any goals (personally or professionally) for the next few years? Personally, I would like to become a non-medical author. Professionally, I would like to mentor younger Rheumatologists.
Request a Referral from Your Doctor Today
Talk to your doctor today about how specialized Rheumatology care can help you get back to the life you love and then ask for a referral to Dr. Cole or one of our other skilled providers at the Arthritis Center of Lexington today!