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Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA

Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration Orthopedic Surgeon

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

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA

Dr. Cole is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015, he was appointed as an Associate-Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Rush. In 2011, he was appointed as Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital. He is the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center at Rush specializing in the treatment of arthritis in young active patients with a focus on regenerative medicine and biologic alternatives to surgery. He also serves as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Training Program and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine and research. He lectures nationally and internationally and holds several leadership positions in prominent sports medicine societies. Through his basic science and clinical research, he has developed several innovative techniques for the treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee conditions. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 10 widely read textbooks in orthopedics and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Cole is frequently chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 2004 and as a “Top Doctor” in the Chicago metro area since 2003. In 2006, he was featured on the cover of Chicago Magazine as “Chicago’s Top Doctor” and was selected as NBA Team Physician of the Year in 2009. 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. He is the head team physician for the Chicago Bulls NBA team, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox MLB team and DePaul University in Chicago.

Sparing the Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedics | Brian Cole | TEDxRushU

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A Surgeon’s Intuition…Listen Before You Operate

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Dr. Cole on medical decision-making and treating patients

Dr. Cole’s philosophy on the indications for surgery

Dr. Cole discuses the value of medical imaging and technology

Most Popular ESPN Radio Interview:

Treating athletes, getting second opinions, and how to decide when to treat a condition


Practice Emphasis

Curriculum Vitae

  • Medical School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell Medical Center: Orthopaedics
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh: Sports Medicine
  • Board Certification: Orthopaedic Surgery

Special Procedures

  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
  • Meniscal allograft transplantation
  • Cartilage cell transplantation
  • Fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation
  • Shoulder replacement

Research Interests

  • Cartilage transplantation
  • Rotator cuff healing
  • Shoulder instability

Second Language

  • Spanish


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Midwest Orthopaedics at Oak Park Office (Professional Building)

610 S Maple Ave
Suite 1550
Oak Park, IL 60304

Tel: (708) 236-2701
Fax: (708) 409-5179

Orthopedic Building at Rush University Medical Center

1611 West Harrison Street
Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60612

Tel: (708) 236-2701
Fax: (708) 409-5179

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Dr. Cole at TedX: Spare the Scalpel TEDx

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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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