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Brian Cole, MD, MBASports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration Orthopedic Surgeon

Brian Cole, MD, MBA
Brian Cole, MD, MBA

Dr. Brian Cole is an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and a Professor of Orthopaedics, Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Cole is Managing Partner of Midwest Orthopaedics and is the Department’s Acting Chair and the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center.

He is the Chair of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and leads the Rush Orthopedic Master’s Program. Dr. Cole was the 2020 President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Cole also holds several other leadership positions in national and international orthopedic societies.

Honors awarded to Dr. Cole range from the “Best Doctors in America” since 2004 and “Top Doctor” in Chicagoland since 2003. In 2006, he was featured on the cover of Chicago Magazine as “Chicago’s Top Doctor.” In 2009, he was selected as NBA Team Physician of the Year and Orthopedics This Week has named Dr. Cole as one of the top 20 sports medicine, knee and shoulder specialists repeatedly over the last 5 years as selected by his peers. Dr. Cole’s patients describe his practice as compassionate, available and willing to offer novel solutions to avoid surgery whenever possible. Testimonials to the surgical care that Dr. Cole’s team provides are frequently featured and shared.

Dr. Cole’s research interests include Cartilage Restoration, OrthoBiologics, and minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of the knee, elbow, and shoulder. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 20 textbooks on orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, has lectured nationally and internationally on more than 2,000 occasions and has appeared as an expert on several TV documentaries. Dr. Cole’s published research is recognized as one of the most frequently referenced literature in the world, falling in the top 5% of the most read articles on Doximity.

He received an MD and MBA from the University of Chicago, completed his orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell Medical Center, and a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. His professional career outside of academia includes serving as team physician for the Chicago Bulls, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox, and a team physician for the Chicago Dogs and DePaul University. He has served as co-host for 10 years on the radio talk show Sports Medicine Weekly originally on ESPN and 670TheScore – Chicago Sports Radio and is now the official host of his Sports Medicine Weekly Podcast. He is the founder and director of the annual Chicago Sports Summit since 2016.

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  • Sparing the Scalpel
    Sparing the Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedics | Brian Cole | TEDxRushU
  • SurgeonAgent Interview: Dr. Cole’s Medical Journey
    SurgeonAgent Interview: Dr. Cole’s Medical Journey
  • Surgeon’s Intuition
    A Surgeon’s Intuition…Listen Before You Operate
  • Dr. Cole on medical decision
    Dr. Cole on medical decision-making and treating patients
  • Dr. Cole’s philosophy
    Dr. Cole’s philosophy on the indications for surgery
  • Dr. Cole discuses
    Dr. Cole discuses the value of medical imaging and technology
  • Treating athletes, getting second opinions, and how to decide when to treat a condition
    Most Popular
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Practice Emphasis

Special Procedures

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
  • Meniscal allograft transplantation
  • Cartilage cell transplantation
  • Fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation
  • Shoulder replacement

Research Interests

  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Rotator cuff healing
  • Shoulder instability

Second Language

  • Spanish


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Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA

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