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Elizabeth Verner-Cole, MD.

About me:

Aazy A. Aaby, M.D.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Macular Degeneration
  • Retinal Disease


  • Northwest | (503) 227-2020
  • Sunnyside | (503) 656-4221
  • Tigard | (503) 227-2020

Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous, Board Certified, American Board of Ophthalmology

Dr. Elizabeth Verner-Cole was named one of Portland's Top Doctors in 2017 by Portland Monthly Magazine.

Dr. Elizabeth Verner-Cole is originally from San Antonio, TX.  She completed her B.A. in Music at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. She then completed medical school and residency in ophthalmology at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School, where she was fortunate to get to work at one of the busiest trauma centers in the country. Following residency, she completed an ophthalmic pathology fellowship in Houston, followed by a two-year fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at OHSU Casey Eye Institute.






Vitreoretinal Surgery, 2011-2013
Casey Eye Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR


Ophthalmic Pathology, 2010-2011
Department of Pathology, Houson Methodist Hospital
Houston, TX


Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science, 2007-2010
University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Houston, TX


Transitional Year, Houston Methodist Hospital, 2006-2007
Houston, TX 


Unversity of Texas - Houston Medical School, May 2006
Houston, TX


Pamona College, May 2002
Claremont, CA - Major: Music - Minor: Biology



Vitreoretinal Surgeon

Devers Eye Institute, August 2013-present
Portland, OR

Affiliate Instructor

Casey Eye Institute, September 2013-present
Portland, OR


Distinguished Fellow Award

Casey Eye Institute, Portland, OR, November 2012

Resident/Fellow Leadership & Innovation Award Department of pathology, Houston Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX March 2011
Microgram recipient Houston Methodist Hospital Department of Pathology Project entitled "Multiplex PCR strategy for use in analysis of ophthalmic pathology specimens," Febxuary 2011
Residency / Internship:

The Robert D. Moreton, M.D. Award for Outstanding Resident in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, April 2010

  Award for Excellence in Motivation, Leadership, and Teamwork, by Houston Methodist Hospital Transitional Year Program, April 2007
  Jennifer Bonus Sutton Award for dedication and devotion to the Texas Medical Center Orchestra, 2006-2007
Medical School: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society The Delta Chapter of Texas, inducted Match 2006
  Outstanding Student in Ophthalmology and Visual Science, May 2006
  Glasgow-Rubin Citation for Academic Achievement American Medical Women's Association, May 2006
  The W.W. and Anna May Campbell Scholarship - Awarded by the Alamo Heights School Foundation, 2002-2005
Undergraduate School: Mortar Board National National College Senior Society, 2001
  William G. Blanchard Memorial Prize for outsanding music student, 2002

William F. Russell Prize for accomplished sophmore music student, 2000




Al Zubidi N, Oku H, Verner-Cole E, Yamada K, Chevez-Barrios P, Tonari M, Kurimoto T, Tsuji M, Ikeda T, Lee A, Irmnunoglobulin G4-positive Sclerosing Idiopathic Orbital Inflammation: New Neuro-ophthalmological Presentations. Neuro-Ophthalmology. 2013 - Feb; 37(1);24-30.


Verner-Cole EA, Davis Si, Lauer AK Aflibercept for the treatment of neovascular age- related macular degeneration. Drugs Matey (Bam). 2012 May;48(5):317-29.


Hwang CI(, Aaberg TM jr, Chevez-nattios P, Verner-Cole E, Gombos DS, Paysse Chintagumpala M, Gao W, Grossniklaus HE. Residual intraretihal retinoblastoma after chemoreduction failure. Arch Ophthalomol 2012 Feb;130 0:246-8.


Verner-Cole EA. and Criden MR. "Idiopathic Orbital Inflammation," Ophthalmic Hyperguide. Tutorial, Posted 2009. Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Feb; 141(4391-2,


Verner-Cole EA, Ord?. 5, Bell NP, Feldman RM. Subtetinal Suture Misdirection During 360 degrees Suture Trabeculotomy. Am J Ophthalmol. 2006 Feb; 141(4391-2,


Kozat RA, Verner-Cole E, Schultz SG, Sato N, nick RJ, Desoignie R, Poindexter BJ, Moore FA. The Immune-Enhancing Enteral Agents Arginine and Glutamine Differentially Modulate Gut Barrier Function following Mesenteric Ischemia/Reperfusion. J Trauma. 2004 Dec; 57(6):1150-6.

Poster Presentations

Verner-Cole E, Tirgann,Wimmer D, Lewis A, Lee A, Ewton A, Chevez-Barrios P (2011, March). "Giant Cell Arteritis With Fatal Involvement of the Coronary Arteries." United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Meeting, San Antonio, TX.


Verner-Cole E, Divatia. M, Grannis C, Chevez-Barrios P (2011, March). "Use Of Special Stains And Immunohistochernistry To Diagnose Giant Cell Atteritis." USCAP Meeting, San Antonio, T.


Verner-Cole E, Divatia M, Gombos D, Chevez-Bartios P (2011, March). "Lacrimal Gland Choristorna Of The Ciliary Body Presenting As Secondary Glaucoma." USCA.P Meeting, San Antonio, TX.


August 2011 - present

Oregon Medical Board Physician Full License

Prefessional Memberships:

American Academy of Ophthalmology
American Society of Retinal Specialists
Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology


Spanish proficiency, written and spoken


Practice Locations:

Northwest Office
1955 NW Northrup St
Portland, OR 97209
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Sunnyside Office:
12050 SE Stevens Rd., Suite 100
Happy Valley, OR 97086
Phone : (503) 656-4221

Tigard Office
15298 SW Royalty Pkwy
Tigard, OR 97224
Phone : (503) 227-2020

Request an Appointment:

Northwest: 503-227-2020  
Sunnyside: 503-656-4221  
Tigard: 503-227-2020  

Patient Accounts:

If you have questions about your account or insurance, please call our patient accounts representatives at: 503-344-5115.


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