Sarah Coles, MD

Family Medicine

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Sarah Coles, MD

Location: Flagstaff 4th Street

Specialty: Family Medicine

Areas of Interest: Adults, Children

At North Country Healthcare, I am the program director for the Family and Community Medicine Residency. I also teach primary care, socioeconomic determinants of health, and community medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, where I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Family, Community, and Preventive Medicine. I graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Phoenix and finished my residency at Banner Good Samaritan Family Medicine Residency.

Dr. Coles specializes in evidence-based medicine, integrated behavioral health care, medical education, and community health in addition to comprehensive primary care. At North Country HealthCare Flagstaff Fourth Street, she sees patients and educates medical students and residents.

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Family Medicine

Professional Associations:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Arizona Academy of Family Physicians
  • Arizona Medical Association
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Work History & Leadership:

Prior to joining North Country Healthcare, Dr. Coles worked as core faculty at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix Family Medicine Residency where she oversaw community health, integrated behavioral health, and advocacy training programs.

Fun Facts: On my free time I enjoy science fiction books and movies; board games; and playing and listening to music.



  • Residency: Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Family Medicine Residency; Phoenix, AZ; 2011-2014
  • Internship: Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center Family Medicine Residency; Phoenix, AZ
  • Medical School: Doctor of Medicine; University of Arizona College of Medicine; Phoenix, AZ
  • Undergraduate: BS in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance








Publications & Special Projects


  • Albrecht SS, Aronowitz SV, Buttenheim AM, Coles S, Dowd JB, Hale L, Kumar A, Leininger L, Ritter AZ, Simanek AM, Whelan CB, Jones M. Lessons Learned From Dear Pandemic, a Social Media-Based Science Communication Project Targeting the COVID-19 Infodemic. Public Health Rep. 2022 Mar 3:333549221076544. doi: 10.1177/00333549221076544. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 35238241.
  • Coles S, Vosooney A. Evidence Lacking to Support Universal Unhealthy Drug Use Screening. Am Fam Physician. 2021 Jan 15;103(2):72-73. PMID: 33448770.
  • Martinez ML, Coles S. Addressing Immunization Health Disparities. Prim Care. 2020 Sep;47(3):483-495. doi: 10.1016/j.pop.2020.05.004. Epub 2020 May 26. PMID: 32718445.
  • Tepperberg S, Barnett KG, Fischer J, Johnson M, Coles S, Hines T. Training Toward Our Future: Questions About Length of Training in Family Medicine Programs. Fam Med. 2019;51(8):636-637.
  • Mitchell, Ron B., Sanford M. Archer, Stacey L. Ishman, Richard M. Rosenfeld, Sarah Coles, Sandra A. Finestone, Norman R. Friedman, et al. “Clinical Practice Guideline: Tonsillectomy in Children (Update).” Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery. 160, no. 1_suppl (February 2019): S1–42. doi:10.1177/0194599818801757.
  • Coles S, Stevermer J. Continuing to Choose Wisely: updates to the AAFP Choosing Wisely recommendations.” AFP Community Blog. September 10, 2018. (Electronic publication)
  • Denny, LA, Coles S, Blitz R. “Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.” Am Fam Physician. 2017;96(8):515-522



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