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Idaho State Board of Medicine Dismisses Claim Against Dr. Ryan Cole

By • September 8, 2021

Update at 2:32 p.m. on Sept. 8: Dr. Ryan Cole send Idaho Dispatch the following message in response to the Idaho State Board of Medicine dismissing the claim against him:

I have always been, and always will be a compassionate, empathetic, patient-focused physician. I am grateful that a politically motivated complaint against me has been dismissed. To me, disease, health and wellness have never been political. To be attacked and maligned by individuals from distant keyboards, who have never met me, and make false assumptions about me, decries the sad state of dialogue in our society. I share the science and extensive medical experience I have, to inform, educate and prompt thought and promote wellness.

The patient should always be fully informed to make their own health and wellness choices, according to the dictates of their own conscience and with good medical advice. There is no one size fits all solution to the current situation with the virus. I share what I observe and know based on data, decades of experience, and a background in immunology and virology. I always maintain an open door to all dialogue, so that we all come to what is best for patients in their own unique scenarios. I invite those who view things differently, to have a measured, metered intellectually open conversation. Bring different points of view. I am open to all complete, transparent data-driven conversations to benefit the patient, and our community—not emotional arguments.

I am aware of many other groups and individuals, who have never met me, filing additional unfounded, specious, harassing complaints. This is a shameful, unprecedented, and unethical tactic. I encourage all boards to continue to let good doctors be good doctors and to admire their ability to see politics for politics, and medicine for medicine.

Original story below.


Dr. Ryan Cole has been officially certified as a Board Member for Central District Health.

Cole has been the subject of both criticism and praise for his medical advice regarding Covid-19 treatment. One group that had criticized Cole was the Idaho 97%, who also filed a complaint against him to the Idaho State Board of Medicine targeting Cole’s medical license.

The Idaho 97% posted a letter on Twitter from the ISBOM that dismissed their claim against Cole.

In the letter, the ISBOM said that it was outside of their authority to discipline licenses for statements medical professionals make at conferences or to the media. Here is what part of the letter stated,

The Board’s jurisdiction is governed by what is in the statutes and rules. Neither the Idaho Medical Practice Act nor the applicable administrative rules provide a basis for the Board to discipline licenses for statements made during a conference, to the media, or in any other public setting.

Cole has been criticized by the Idaho 97 for some of the public statements he has made regarding the Covid-19 shots. The group responded to the ISBOM’s letter with the following statement on Twitter,

The Board of Medicine says it is incapable of policing the conduct of doctors in Idaho outside of the doctor/patient relationship. We assert Idaho has a duty to police this conduct when it affects public health. This doesn’t cut it. #idpol

Idaho Dispatch reached out to Cole to see if he had a response to the Board’s decision. Cole has not responded at the time of this publication.

Do you think the Board should have disciplined Cole for his public statements? Why or why not?

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An image of the letter posted by the Idaho 97% from the ISBOM can be seen below:


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