JBJS is pleased to highlight our Elite Reviewers. The Elite Reviewers Program recognizes our best reviewers for their outstanding efforts. All JBJS reviewers help us maintain the highest standards for quality orthopaedic publishing.


Peter A Cole, MD, FAOA

Division Medical Director, HealthPartners Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Program Medical Director, HealthPartners Trauma Network

Orthopaedic Trauma Director, Regions Hospital

Professor, University of Minnesota


Regions Hospital – HealthPartners, St. Paul, MN

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Years in practice: Since 1998 – 21 years

How did you begin reviewing for other journals and for JBJS in particular?

I think the reviewer invitations began to arrive after I began thematic publishing back in the early 2000’s.  Thematic publishing means consecutive publications on the same topic.  My own publishing themes included minimally invasive fracture care, complex scapular trauma, and fracture pattern mapping for example. Perhaps, editors use this threshold of success in the peer review process as the qualification for a successful reviewer. I believe achievement in thematic publishing has more to do with being invited, than networking, committee or political positions, or being a nice person, though these things help.

What is your top piece of advice for those reviewers who aspire to reach Elite status?

Thoughtful, structured, scientific, timely reviews—period.  No one quality alone is good enough, not even 3 out of 4.  I review for three journals consistently, and others on a selective case by case basis.  I have rejected many offers to be a journal reviewer in order to protect the integrity of the main three I have chosen.  It is hard to turn down experts and friends in order to keep the main thing the main thing.

Aside from orthopaedic manuscripts, what have you been reading lately?

I read and study The Bible consistently, if not daily—as the primary source of wisdom and personal growth.  I enjoy books on entrepreneurialism, leadership, spiritual growth and an occasional biography.

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