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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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  • Michael Danielak | December, 2018
    Patellar Tendonitis I was beginning my college baseball career with patellar tendonitis in my left knee. I had been dealing with sharp, throbbing, and aching pain that affected my sport and everyday life. I elected to have surgery during the summer of 2014. Throughout my recovery, I continued to feel the constant, sharp pain in my knee and knew that my tendonitis had not been alleviated. I coul...
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  • Sarah Warren | December, 2018
    What do you take away from last year where the team didn’t fare too well and you missed most of it with an injury? I think if we forget about it, it’s not a useful season. Obviously things did not go well. You can either look back on it and be super upset or look back on it and grow. I think the seniors last year would want us to look back on it and grow, and I think that’s what we’re g...
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  • Anonymous | December, 2018
    FROM HUNTER HALL Before tearing my ACL for the first time when I was 10, I was a multi-sport athlete competing as a right wing in hockey and a forward in soccer. It was a long time ago, so I’m not sure how true this was, but my parents told me I used to be the fastest kid on the ice and on the field. I was (and still am) small for my age, but I had speed and agility on my side. I then tore...
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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.