Washington state’s medical commission has brought charges against Dr. Ryan Cole, a pathologist, over alleged false and misleading statements about COVID-19 vaccines and his prescribing of ivermectin to treat COVID-19.
The Washington Medical Commission announced the allegations on Jan. 18 against Cole after receiving complaints about Cole’s conduct.
Cole lives in Idaho but is licensed in Washington state.
The statements “were harmful and dangerous to individual patients, generated mistrust in the medical profession and in public health, and had a wide-spread negative impact on the health and well-being of our communities,” the commission said.
Cole also provided “negligent care” to four patients by prescribing ivermectin, which is “not indicated for a COVID-19 infection,” according to a statement of charges.
Cole did not respond to requests for comment.
Cole has until Jan. 30 to file a response to the charges, according to the commission. Cole will have a chance to defend himself against the allegations at a hearing.
The commission is a licensing authority. The charges can lead to the suspension of Cole’s license.
Statements on Vaccines, COVID-19Washington state authorities say that Cole’s alleged false and misleading statements include claims that the COVID-19 vaccines have caused more deaths than COVID-19 and that the vaccines can lead to cancer and infertility.
“The naysayers [say], Oh, the spike isn’t ... [a] toxin,” Cole said during one interview with The Epoch Times “American Thought Leaders.”
“I’m like, ‘The cells don’t lie.’ And that’s my defense. The cells don’t lie. These people aren’t looking at the cells under the microscope. They’re not seeing the damage I am. Many of my colleagues are. The cells don’t lie. If it’s inconvenient to what you want to tell yourself, that’s fine. But the cells don’t lie. The clots don’t lie. The damaged organs don’t lie,” he added.
Cole has also said COVID-19 vaccines are “fake” and referred to vaccination with them as “needle rape,” the commission noted.
According to the commission, Cole said it in a written statement in 2022 that he has not advised people not to get a COVID-19 vaccine.
TreatmentCole was part of MyFreeDoctor.com, according to archived versions of the website. The website is a telehealth service that enables doctors to correspond with and see patients remotely using the internet. The charges say Cole treated patients for COVID-19 over a “virtual telemedicine platform.”
Cole’s treatment of the patients, including not documenting “appropriate medical decision-making” for them, constituted unprofessional conduct, according to the commission.
A practitioner can also violate the law if they commit “Incompetence, negligence, or malpractice which results in injury to a patient or which creates an unreasonable risk that a patient may be harmed,” though the code stipulates that “the use of a nontraditional treatment by itself shall not constitute unprofessional conduct, provided that it does not result in injury to a patient or create an unreasonable risk that a patient may be harmed.”
Cole has told The Epoch Times in previous interviews that he has seen 500,000 patients in his 26-year career and has never had a patient complain about him or file a lawsuit.
“Now all of a sudden I find myself in the crosshairs for sharing science. Because of that, I lost one of my major insurance contracts for my ‘unprofessional behavior’ of talking about ivermectin and helping save a handful of lives with that for free. I never charged a patient,” he said.
“Then they say, ‘Well gosh, you’re a pathologist.’ I did years of emergency medicine, years of family medicine, years of dermatology,” Cole said. “I never quit being a doctor. I’m the doctor to the doctor, as a laboratory physician now.”