Kyle Pilz MMS, PA-C
Kyle is a physician assistant to Dr. Cole and has worked with the practice since 2004. He assists Dr. Cole in both clinic and surgery. Kyle is a founding member of the RUSH University PA Program and serves as adjunct faculty to the program and member of the program’s admissions committee. He is an active preceptor for PA students and lectures nationally through Physician Assistants in Orthopaedic Surgery (PAOS) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Kyle received a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from The University of Michigan in 2000 and completed his master’s degree as a physician assistant from Midwestern University in 2003. Along with his wife and young daughter, Kyle is an outdoor enthusiast and sports fanatic. He is currently in the midst of completing 50 marathons in 50 states for Girls in the Game charity.
Paige Maher, PA-C
Paige is a physician assistant to Dr. Cole, assisting in surgeries and seeing patients during clinic. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Biology from Illinois State University. Upon receiving her Masters in Physician Assistant studies from Midwestern University, she joined Dr. Cole‘s team.
Kaily Healy MPAS, PA-C
Kaily is a physician assistant to Dr. Cole. She assists Dr. Cole in surgeries and sees patients during clinic. She received her bachelor’s degree in pre-medicine and psychology from the University of Notre Dame in 2015. Throughout her four years at Notre Dame, she was a member of the varsity Cross Country and Track and Field Teams. She then went on to receive her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies Degree from Marquette University and upon graduating, joined Dr. Cole’s Team. Kaily’s competitive nature and passion for an active lifestyle has led her to devote her career to help keep people active. She is a 2017 Boston Marathon finisher and continues to compete in various running distances and triathlons year round.
Valerie is an administrative assistant to Dr. Cole and has over 15 years of health care administrative experience. She has been with Dr. Cole‘s office since 2004 and has a vast knowledge of experience within his practice. She coordinates the transplant process and meets with patients regarding their upcoming surgeries.
Samantha is an administrative assistant to Dr. Cole. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida in 2010. She began with the practice in 2012. Samantha meets with patients to schedule their upcoming surgery and completes the office surgical billing.
Valerie is the secretary to Dr. Brian Cole. She joined Midwest Orthopaedics as a member of the front office staff in 2015. She has joined the Cole practice in 2016 with over 7 years of medical office experience. Her responsibilities include handling clinic days, insurance verification, and assisting in surgical scheduling/preparation. She is also responsible for greeting and registering patients in the facility as well as verifying accuracy of patient demographic and privacy information. Her experience in the healthcare environment and great personality results in the ability to deal successfully with the demands of a busy and diverse patient base. This winning combination ensure that you will receive exceptional service and care. When not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family, and living each moment in a positive way.
Kavita Ahuja, MD
Kavita is a Clinical Research Coordinator for Sports Medicine at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. She manages Dr. Cole‘s clinical trials including research conducted by the Rush Cartilage Research and Restoration Center. She received her Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery degrees in Pakistan and is an ECFMG Certified M.D. (Doctor of Medicine). Kavita joined Dr. Cole‘s team in 2011. She is working on clinical trials involving the knee and shoulder joints focused on knee osteoarthritis, cartilage resurfacing and shoulder arthroplasty.
Back row (L to R) – Markus Wimmer, PhD; Adam Yanke, MD; Annie Tilton; Front row: (L to R) – Susan Chubinskaya, PhD; Maggie Smith; Elizabeth Shewman, PhD; Brian Cole, MD, MBA; Vincent Wang, PhD; Nina Scalise.