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Matthew M. Cole, M.D.

Matthew M. Cole, M.D.

Matthew M. Cole, M.D., is passionate about his career as a Retina Specialist. And he is excited about the emerging technologies in the treatment of diseases of the retina. He admits it was the rapidly developing advancements in the field that drew him to a career in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Cole joins the practice of Drs. Campbell, Cunningham, Taylor & Haun as Retina Specialist after finishing his residency at the University of Kentucky Medical Center and completing a year-long Retina Fellowship at UK.

“The subspecialty of retina is particularly exciting to me,” says Dr. Cole. “You’re always working on the edge of technology and it’s great to know that there are even more innovative treatments coming in the future.”

“The fear of losing eyesight for many is a day-to-day burden,” he adds. “As a Retina Specialist, I enjoy being able to help calm the fears of my patients which is certainly appealing. Helping their quality of life is what drives me to do my very best every time I visit with a patient.”

Dr. Cole grew up as the son of a Pulmonologist who was very popular with his patients. The younger Dr. Cole hoped to make a similar connection with his own patients. This, he recognized early on, is crucial to the quality of care he can provide and, potentially, the outcomes achieved.

“My philosophy is to treat patients as I would someone in my own family,” he says. “Most importantly, I constantly strive to better listen to what my patients have to say and help create a healthy dialogue. I truly believe that this helps patients become more comfortable with the decisions they make moving forward in their treatment.”

A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, Dr. Cole received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of the South. He received his M.D. from East Tennessee State University. He then completed his Internship, Residency and Medical Retina Fellowship at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

While working and studying in Lexington, Dr. Cole met his wife, Christa. She also works in the field of eye care as a Doctor of Optometry. They were married in 2011. As an East Tennessee native, Cole developed a love for the mountains and enjoys hiking, fishing and camping during his free time.

Dr. Cole sees patients at our offices in Knoxville, Farragut, Maryville and Sevierville. To schedule an appointment, call (865) 584-0905.

Dr. Cole sees patients at these offices:

Main Office

1124 Weisgarber Road Suite 106
Knoxville, TN 37909
(865) 584-0905

EyeCare Optical – Sevierville

962 Dolly Parton Parkway
Sevierville, TN 37862
(865) 428-8000

Maryville Office

628 Smithview Drive
Maryville, TN 37803
(865) 984-7012

Farragut Office

12744 Kingston Pike Suite 108
Knoxville, TN 37934
(865) 934-1700

Ophthalmic Specialties

Macular Degeneration

Intravitreal Injection for Macular Degeneration & Diabetic Eye Disease

Diabetic Retinopathy

Retinal Vein & Artery Occlusions

Flashes & Floaters


Macular Hole

Retinal Tears

Fellowship-trained, performing the most advanced Intravitreal Injections & Laser Surgery

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Ophthalmology

Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Delta Chapter
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
  • Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons


  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Delta Chapter
  • James H. Quillen Medicine Scholar
  • Artz College of Medicine Scholarship
  • Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete



The University of the South, B.S.
(Magna Cum Laude)
Sewanee, TN

Medical School

Doctor of Medicine
East Tennessee State University
Quillen College of Medicine
Johnson City, TN


University of Kentucky
Department of Surgery
Lexington, KY


University of Kentucky
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Lexington, KY

Medical Retina Fellowship

University of Kentucky
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Lexington, KY