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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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Dr. Cole chosen as "Top Doctor" and one of "America's Best Physicians" in 2018

Patient Stories
  • Richard Dickerson | December, 2018
    Two years ago I was in more pain than anyone my age should have been in. At the time I was a 20-year-old who had spent my entire life playing sports; an active lifestyle was all I knew. Then I tore my meniscus multiple times and had constant pain. Everyday I would wake up and that first step out of bed would determine how my day would go. If I was lucky the pain would be manageable, and I would tr...
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  • Sophie Allen | December, 2018
    Prior to seeing Dr. Cole, I was regularly suffering from shoulder subluxations and/or full dislocations. Not only was this painful, but each time a subluxation or dislocation occurred, my anxiety and mental state regarding the health and safety of my shoulder during routine ballet and modern ballet classes began to worsen. Likewise, I would have to take at least 2-7 days off to ease the pain and c...
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  • Cody Polovitch | December, 2018
    Before my surgery with Dr. Cole I couldn’t do any sort of jumping without feeling my knee would slip out of joint. It’s been 10 years since my surgery and I’m doing 50” box jumps and deep squatting with 315+ pounds. My knee is a little tighter than my uninjured knee and I will have some discomfort when I over work it, but it feels great other than that.


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

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

Brian Cole MD Youtube Videos


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.