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Kyle Pilz MMS, PA-C

Kyle Pilz

Kyle is a physician assistant to Dr. Cole and has worked with the practice since 2004. He assists Dr. Cole in both clinic and surgery. Kyle is a founding member of the RUSH University PA Program and serves as adjunct faculty to the program and member of the program’s admissions committee. He is an active preceptor for PA students and lectures nationally through Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Kyle received a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from The University of Michigan in 2000 and completed his master’s degree as a physician assistant from Midwestern University in 2003. Along with his wife and young daughter, Kyle is an outdoor enthusiast and sports fanatic. He is currently in the midst of completing 50 marathons in 50 states for Girls in the Game charity.


Kevin Shinsako, MS, PA-C

Kevin Shinsako

Kevin is a physician assistant to Dr. Cole. He assists Dr. Cole in surgeries and sees patients during clinic. Kevin holds an undergraduate degree in molecular biology from the University of Illinois, where he did cardiovascular and exercise science research. After graduating in March 2013 with a master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies from Rush University, Kevin joined Dr. Cole’s team. He routinely participates in various races and challenges – triathlons, distance running, resistance training and multiple other facets of activity.


Chuck Dowell, MS, PA-C, ATC

Chuck Dowell

Chuck is a physician assistant to Dr. Cole. He assists Dr. Cole in surgeries and sees patients during clinic. He completed his undergraduate degree form Eastern Washington University with a degree in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science. He worked as a Certified Athletic Trainer prior to entering graduate school. He graduated with a Master in Physician Assistant studies from Rosalind Franklin University. Upon completion he did a 1 year Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. For the last 10 years he has worked in Vancouver, Washington with a focus in Total Joints and Sports Medicine. He has provided medical coverage for local college, high school, youth athletics as well as multiple local marathon races. He is also a member of the United States Olympic Sports Medicine team and has traveled to international competitions with multiple sports. He recently spent 18 months in Scotland working as a Physician Assistant, while serving as an ambassador for the Physician Assistant profession in the United Kingdom.


Valerie McKenzie

Valerie McKenzie

Valerie is an administrative assistant to Dr. Cole and has over 15 years of health care administrative experience. She has been with Dr. Cole’s office since 2004 and has a vast knowledge of experience within his practice. She coordinates the transplant process and meets with patients regarding their upcoming surgeries.


Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith

Samantha is an administrative assistant to Dr. Cole. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in 2010. She began with the practice in 2012. Samantha meets with patients to schedule their upcoming surgery and completes the office surgical billing.


Kavita Ahuja, MD

Kavita is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Sports Medicine at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. She manages Dr. Cole’s clinical trials including research conducted by the Rush Cartilage Research and Restoration Center. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees in Pakistan and is an ECFMG Certified M.D. (Doctor of Medicine). Kavita joined Dr. Cole’s team in 2011. She is working on clinical trials involving the knee and shoulder joints focused on knee osteoarthritis, cartilage resurfacing and shoulder arthroplasty.


2014-2015 Cartilage Restoration Center Basic Science and Clinical Research Team

2014-2015 Cartilage Restoration Center Basic Science and Clinical Research Team

Back row (L to R) – Markus Wimmer, PhD; Adam Yanke, MD; Annie Tilton; Front row: (L to R) – Susan Chubinskaya, PhD; Maggie Smith; Elizabeth Shewman, PhD; Brian Cole, MD, MBA; Vincent Wang, PhD; Nina Scalise.

Brian J. Cole, M.D., M.B.A.

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