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Brian J Cole, MD, MBA

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


Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration, Orthopedic Surgeon

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 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 University Medical Center, a multidisciplinary program specializing in the treatment of arthritis in young, active patients. He also serves as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Program and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine and research. He lectures nationally and internationally, and through his basic science and clinical research has developed several innovative techniques for the treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee conditions. He has published more than 1,000 articles and has published 8 widely read textbooks in orthopedics.

Dr. Cole was chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” each year since 2004 and as a “Top Doctor” in the Chicago metro area each year since 2003. In 2006, he was featured on the cover of Chicago Magazine as “Chicago’s Top Doctor” and was selected NBA Team Physician of the Year in 2009. In 2012 and 2013, Orthopedics This Week named Dr. Cole as one of the top 19 sports medicine specialists and one of the top 28 North American shoulder surgeons as chosen by his peers. He is the team physician for the Chicago Bulls NBA Basketball team, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team and DePaul University in Chicago.

Dr. Brian J. Cole is a member of Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, the regional leader in comprehensive orthopedic services.

Practice Emphasis:

Sports Medicine
Cartilage Transplantation
Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee Surgery

Medical School:

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine


Hospital for Special Surgery – Cornell Medical Centre, New York, NY – Orthopaedics


University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA – Sports Medicine

Board Certification:

Orthopedic 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

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