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Dr. Brian Cole

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA
Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration, Orthopedic surgeon

  • Orthopedic sports medicine surgeon with 25 years of experience.
  • Performed more than 20,000 surgeries.
  • Associate Chairman and Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center.
  • Managing Partner of the affiliated practice Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, one of the premier orthopedic research and clinical institutions in the world and ranked #5 in the country by its peers in U.S. News and World Report.
  • Developed numerous advances in cartilage restoration, therapeutic OrthoBiologics, and minimally invasive surgical techniques.
  • Published over 1,000 scientific articles and textbook chapters, lectured nationally and internationally on more than 2,000 occasions.
  • Named a top influencer in the field of orthopedics on Twitter.
  • Co-host of the Sports Medicine Weekly Podcast for 10 years from the program’s inception as a radio talk-show on ESPN radio.


  • MD and MBA from the University of Chicago
  • Orthopedic residency and research training at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City
  • Fellowship in Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine at the University of

International Leadership Roles

  • President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Secretary General of the International Cartilage Repair Society

Team Physician

Head Team Physician for the

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Chicago Bulls

Co-Team Physician for the

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    Chicago White Sox
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    Chicago Dogs
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    DePaul University


  • Board-certified in both Orthopedic Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
  • Licensed to practice medicine in Illinois and Indiana.
  • Active in numerous national and international societies and has held or currently holds leadership positions in:
    • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
    • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
    • International Cartilage Repair Society
    • American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • Second Vice-President for the NBA Physicians Association.
  • With an h-index (a measure of research output and impact) of 75, Dr. Cole is among the highest published and cited researchers in the field of orthopedic sports medicine in the world.
  • Head of the Cartilage Restoration Center, Professor of Orthopedics, and holds Dr. Ralph and Marian C. Falk Endowed Professorship of Biochemistry at Rush University Medical Center.
  • Managing Partner of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, the specialty academic private practice group affiliated with Rush University Medical Center.
  • Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital, and leads the Rush Orthopedic Master’s Program.
Awards and Honors Dr. Brian Cole
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Richard O’Connor Research Award, 2020 AANA Annual Meeting
  • Merit Award, 2019 ICRS World Congress
  • Orthopaedic Theater Award, 2019 AAOS Annual Meeting
  • Tom Heiser Compassionate Physician Award, 32nd Annual Kerlan Jobe Fellowship Reunion
  • NBA Team Physician of the Year, 2012
  • Cover of Chicago Magazine as Top Doctor in Chicago, 2008
  • Top 3 Orthopedists in Chicago,®
  • Yearly selected as America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly
  • Top 28 Shoulder Surgeons in America, Orthopedics This Week
  • Top 28 Knee Surgeons in America, Orthopedics This Week
  • 65 Orthopedic Surgeons Recommended by Orthopedic Surgeons, Becker’s Orthopedic Review
  • Dr. Cole Media 1 Introducing Sports Medicine Weekly
  • Dr. Cole Media 2Spare The Scalpel: A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedic Medicine (A TEDx Talk)
  • Dr. Cole Media 3Brian Cole, MD, MBA | Orthopedic Surgeon Chicago | Rush University Medical Center
  • Dr. Cole Media 4My Experience with Superior Capsular Reconstruction
  • Dr. Cole Media 5Chicago Bulls & White Sox Physician Brian Cole: Best Practices for Maintaining an Active Lifestyle
  • Dr. Cole Media 6Live Surgical Demonstration of Lateral Meniscus & Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation