Heather Woodin Cole, MD

During her residency she experienced a hands-on training experience. She developed great skills and an affinity for helping people heal.

Dr. Heather Woodin Cole was born and raised in the “The Grand Canyon” state.  Her family hails from Tucson where she planted her own roots after attending boarding school at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Family is very important to her, which contributed heavily towards her decision to return to Arizona.  It allowed her to be closer to her parents and older brother. Back in Arizona, she continued her education at the University of Arizona where she completed her undergraduate and medical degrees.  While in medical school, she quickly gravitated towards orthopaedics. Drawing from her experiences as a child on her father’s construction sites, as well as her own injuries from playing competitive soccer, orthopaedics was a perfect fit.

She chose the University of New Mexico (UNM) for her residency training.  Already being accustomed to the culture and weather of the Southwest, she easily adapted to her new home.  Snowboarding, mountain biking, and running the trails in New Mexico became a few of her favorite ways to blow off steam after long days in New Mexico’s only Level 1 trauma facility.  UNM Hospital receives the majority of patients suffering from the most difficult traumatic and life threatening injuries from throughout the state.   

During her residency she experienced a hands-on training experience.  She developed great skills and an affinity for helping people heal.  Those successes she found the most gratifying.  She was also compelled by the variety of challenges she faced everyday.  Adjusting to each patient’s specific needs is paramount in a good trauma practice.

Following her residency, she came back to Arizona, this time to do her fellowship training with Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons (SOTS).  Here she honed her skills, focusing on complex injuries to the pelvis, acetabulum, and periarticular extremity injuries.  She also displayed her aptitude and proficiency performing anterior total hip replacements.  This revolutionary approach has helped her better serve her patients and enable them to progress following surgery much faster than the previous approaches and methods. 

Through the SOTS fellowship she was also afforded the opportunity to have a month to train abroad.  She was lucky enough to work with Dr. Zsolt Balogh, one of the leading orthopaedic trauma surgeons in Australia.  During that month she was able to learn firsthand about the healthcare system in Australia as well as different nuances in orthoapedic care.  This was an important experience because it helped her shape the framework for her own practice, based on providing patients with the information to choose the best operative and non-operative solutions available to them.

Joining SOTS is an exciting new chapter in her life.  She now has her roots firmly planted in the Phoenix area and is looking forward to continuing the excellent standard that has come to define the SOTS team. 

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and playing sports, including volleyball, snowboarding, basketball, and soccer to name a few.

Curriculum Vitae


Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons 8/2015 - 7/2016; Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship

The University of New Mexico 6/2010 - 6/2015; Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

The University of Arizona College of Medicine, MD, 8/2006 - 5/2010

University of Houston Honors College, B.S. 8/2001 - 5/2005



Arizona #49950, expires January 2019


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USMLE Step I:  Pass (6/2008)

USMLE Step II Clinical Knowledge:  Pass (7/2009)

USMLE Step II Clinical Skill:  Pass (2/2010)

USMLE Step III:  Pass (9/2010)



A Dedicated Orthopaedic Trauma Room and its Impact on Hospital Cost and Patient Outcome 

Primary Investigator: Dr. Treme. Preliminary data collection in progress.  2013 - 2015


Biomechanical Stability of Femur Flexible Nails Based on Nail Configuration

Primary Investigator: Dr. Silva. Preliminary data collection in progress.  2013 - 2015


MRI Findings Associated with Primary versus Recurrent Shoulder Dislocations 

Primary Investigator: Dr. Treme. Manuscript in progress.  2012 - 2015


Unusual Presentation of a Dissecting Popliteal Cyst in a Pediatric Patient

Woodin H MD, Farrow L MD. Publication Pending.  2010


Influenza Vaccination in the Emergency Department

Presenter at SAEM Western Conference (Costa, Mesa, CA) 2008

Poster presentation, Research forum presenter, Scientific Assembly (Chicago, IL) 2008

Woodin H, Hiller K MD, Winegard B MPH, Patanwala S PharmD, DeBoer M PhD. Influenza Vaccination in the Emergency Department. Westen, Jo11rnal of Emergency Medicine. 2008: Vol. 9, No. 3, Article 36.  2007 - 2009


Biomarkers for Anti-cancer Therapies 

Phase II research project to identify imaging biomarkers for anti-cancer therapies in pre-clinical animal models. Senior Thesis.  2005 - 2006



AO Basic Trauma Course (La Jolla, CA),  March 2014

Hand and Wrist Resident Dissection Course (Stryker, Mahwah, NJ),  March 2014

Southwest Region Knee and Hip Surgical Training Lab (Stryker, Dallas TX),  June 2013

Shoulder and Elbow Course (Stryker, Tampa FL),  March 2013

Arthroscopic Knee/Shoulder Cadaveric Workshop (Arthrex, Phoenix AZ), April 2012 - 2013

Southwest Orthopaedic Trauma Association Fracture Management Course (Phoenix AZ),  September 2011



Orthopaedic Trauma: Compartment Syndrome (UNM Department of Orthopaedics), September 2013

Fracture Conference: Pediatric Elbow Fractures (UNM Department of Orthopaedics), August 2013

Orthopaedic Trauma: Soft Tissue Injury Management (UNM Department of Orthopaedics), November 2012



Med Plus Disability Evaluator, 3/2013 - 5/2015

Medical provider. Run a monthly clinic for patients with disability claims throughout the state of New Mexico.


UMM Department of Orthopaedics IT support, 9/2012

Provided technology support, annual conference assistance, computer program development and improvements


Arizona Department of Developmental Disabilities, 2005 - 2008

Respite Provider for children with developmental disabilities


Tucson Racquet and Fitness Club, 2001 - 2004

Soccer Instructor



Shubitz Family Clinic, 2007 - 2010

Refugee Clinic Vaccine Coordinator and Care Provider


Flying Samaritans, 2008 - 2010

Patient Care Volunteer in a rural Baja, Mexico clinic


Casa De Los Ninos, 2007 - 2008

Coordinator and Volunteer at a shelter for abused children



Interests include:  Soccer, backpacking, traveling, hiking, biking, running, volleyball, snowboarding.

Recreational Sand Volleyball: team player, 2010 – Current

Intramural Co-ed Soccer: team player, 2010 – Current

Arizona Intramural Soccer: Team Captain. Tucson City League Co-ed Soccer: Team Captain, 2006 – 2010

Nicaragua: Medical volunteer, Student and Traveler, 2007

Guatemala: Pop Wuj School of Spanish, Medical Clinic Volunteer, 2006

University of Arizona Club Soccer, 2003 National Champions, 2005 President, 2001 – 2005

Women's Semiprofessional Soccer, WPSL: The Sonoran Thunder, Team Player, 2002 – 2003



07/2014 - Director of Orthopaedic Trauma
West Valley Hospital
Goodyear, AZ
Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, PLLC
Scottsdale, AZ

09/2011-07/2014Adult & Pediatric Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery Attending
Board Certified (ABOS - August 2013)
Great Plains Orthopaedics
Peoria, IL 


Fellow in Orthopaedic Traumatology

2005-2010 RUTGERS – New Jersey Medical School
Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery

Doctor of Medicine

B.S. in Biochemistry (Honors)
B.A. in Chemistry (Honors)
Minor in Molecular Biology

Honors, Activities & Awards

2005 UNM School of Medicine Senior Academic Achievement Award

2004 Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Medical Honor Society

2001 Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society

2000 Outstanding Senior Award, NMSU Dept. of Chemistry & Biochemistry

2000 Alpha Chi National Honor Society

2000 Master Mason in the fraternal order of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons

1999 Golden Key National Honor Society

Publications & Presentations

Billhymer M, Hale R, Sanders RW, Sagi HC and Watson D.  Indirect Verses Direct Reduction of the Posterior Malleolus: Validation of Sutton’s Rule.  (AAOS 2012 Poster Presentation)

Billhymer M, Beebe K, Benevenia J, Patterson F, Sheen L, Liu Y, Hameed M, Tuy B, Zuckier L, and Ghesani N. Utility of PET/CT in evaluation of patients presenting with primary bone lymphoma. J Nucl Med. 2008; 49 (Supplement 1); 273P.

Distal Femur Fractures: Articular Module.  Faculty.  Orthopaedic Trauma Association : Residents’ Comprehensive Fracture Course: OTA Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL. October 2014.

Acute Compartment Syndrome.  Trauma Lecture Series.  West Valley Hospital Level 1 Trauma Center.  Goodyear, AZ.  November, 2014.


Additional Training

2007AO Basic Resident Fracture Course, Reno, NV

2008SAFE Course, Memphis, TN

2009Stryker Fellows Pelvic Course, Mahwah, NJ

2010Stryker Fellows Pelvic Course, Mahwah, NJ

2010OTA Fellows Course, Boston, MA



2005-present American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

2013-present Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)

2001-2005 Christian Medical & Dental Association (CMDA)

2002-2003 Missions Director, UNM Chapter of the CMDA 

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