Dr. Richard Cole received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas and remained to complete a residency in emergency medicine. He earned a Masters of Public Health and finished an aerospace medicine residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. Dr. Cole completed an ultrasound fellowship at the University of Texas Health Medical School in Houston, TX. He is an Aerospace Medical Association Associate Fellow and a Fellow in both American College of Emergency Physicians and the Wilderness Medical Society.
Dr. Cole has multiple publications including the space medicine chapter in Auerbach’s Wilderness Medicine textbook. He is board-certified in both emergency and preventative medicine and has medical director experience and over fifteen years of clinical practice at multiple emergency departments including trauma centers and regional referral hospitals. Dr. Cole currently practices at a Houston area freestanding emergency room and clinically teaches emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Medical School at Houston. He is a flight surgeon at the Johnson Space Center where he has supported astronauts assigned to shuttle, space station, and commercial crew missions. He is a Co-Founder of the 2MARS wilderness medicine course at the Mars Desert Research Station.