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Brian J. Cole, M.D.
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 Associate Chairman and the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center. He is the Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and leads the Rush Orthopedic Master's Program. Dr. Cole’s research interests include cartilage restoration, therapeutic biologics and regenerative medicine, and minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of the knee, elbow, and shoulder. 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.
Patient Stories
  • Tyler Phillips | August, 2018
    In July, 6 months after a medial meniscectomy with medial and lateral osteochondral allografts, I did a major backcountry hike in Glacier National Park in Montana. Previously, I was unable to walk down stairs. The ascent and descent was 37 miles in total, with 20,000+ feet of elevation change carrying a light 20 pound pack. I built up to this with a strong training program consisting of weekly hik...
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  • Darrione | August, 2018
    I want to thank Dr. Cole and his awesome staff at Midwest Orthopedics at Rush for doing my ACL surgery! I tore my ACL playing basketball in high school, and I came back stronger than ever after my surgery. I worked extremely hard during my physical therapy and had a great basketball season and summer after I returned to playing. I am blessed to announce I have committed to DePaul University to pla...
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  • Cooper Sloan | April, 2018
    ACL reconstruction for a 14 year old isn’t ideal, but in this case it worked out perfect. Cooper Sloan is a 14 year old eighth grade from Peotone, IL. He is active in multiple sports including football, basketball and track. Quickness, determination and toughness are all hallmarks of how he completes in everything that he does. His seventh grade year in youth football he averaged four touchdo...
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  • Shelby Koester | June, 2016
    For 3 years, I lived with constant knee pain due to bad genetics and injury. The pain interfered with daily activities, exercise, and family fun. Dr. Cole changed all that. He gave me back an active life. I can now play soccer or bicycle with my kids, take spin classes, hike, and do Pilates or Yoga. Dr. Cole and his staff exceeded my expectations. They were kind, knowledgeable, and dedicated to he...
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  • Daniel Adams | June, 2016
    In 2009, I found Dr. Cole after an exhaustive search and Castle Connolly referral. He performed a meniscus repair on my left knee after months of unsuccessful PT. Two years later, he performed a meniscus repair on my right knee. In 2014, I had a total meniscus tear after an auto accident and was told by a prominent Orthopedic Surgeon in my hometown that I needed immediate major surgery to repair i...
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The Brian Cole MD Knee Guide and Shoulder Guide are your own personalized injury APP's for your pocket. These APP's provide users with detailed information, treatment and identification of the most common injuries. Within each app you will find a vast array of strengthening and flexibility exercises that have been specifically designed for injury treatment and rehabilitation. The APP's have been created with the user in mind making it simple to effectively manage your injury.

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    The Brian Cole MD Shoulder Guide
SportsMedicineWeekly™ is a radio show hosted by Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul on 670 The Score Chicago Sports Radio (WSCR-AM) on Saturdays at 8:00 AM CST.



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