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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.
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Patient Stories
  • Stephanie McHale | October, 2019

    Hi Cole Team - I am a past patient of Dr Cole and had surgery on my knee in May 2018 after a ski accident in March 2018.

    After my surgery you and the team were so supportive and motivated me to stay patient and respect the healing process to get back to running. Well, after religiously staying committed to therapy and strength training, I completed my first race post surgery and accomplis...

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  • Lucy | August, 2019
    After multiple knee surgeries during high school and college athletics, my knees had taken a beating. Sophomore year of college, my body hit a point where working out became painful, hiking was impossible, and golf was unbearable. If I wanted to enjoy any of these activities I had to wear an unloader brace and I found myself not enjoying any of the activities I loved anymore. After years of pain a...
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  • Madeline Stammen | June, 2019
    I was thrilled that Dr. Cole was able to do my second ACL reconstruction. It is always scary putting your body, which is your career, at the hands of another. I had heard about Dr. Cole’s expertise and knew he had done other professional athletes' knees, so I was confident my knee would be in good hands. He made me feel very taken care of and made sure he took time to answer any questions during...
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  • Carolena Carsten | June, 2019
    Just a short 6 months after her ACL reconstruction, Carolena Carstens, 2 time Olympian and ranked 8th in the world in Taekwando, won a remarkable match at the Roberto Duran Center in Panama 54-9 against her opponent earning the right to represent Panama in the Pan American Games. Congratulations to an absolute superstar athlete!

    The Panamanian Carolena Carstens classifies ...

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  • Nic Meister | April, 2019
    Beginning in January of 2018 I began experiencing pain in the AC Joint of my left shoulder. I felt the pain the most when hitting forehands in tennis as well as performing activities with a straight arm. I first attempted to rehab my shoulder through two weeks of physical therapy, however when I returned to playing the pain was the same and began to get worse. As a result, I received an MRI and we...
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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.

Dr. Cole was recently honored in the “Chicago Lights” exhibit by acclaimed British photographer Abigail Zoe Martin. This audio-visual collection of 81 portraits and interviews celebrates the “inner light” of prominent and everyday Chicagoans, where Dr. Cole is featured as an Orthopedic Surgeon and Professor.



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A Surgeon's Intuition...Listen Before You Operate

Dr. Cole speaks about patient-centered decision-making from a surgeon's perspective

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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.