Dr. Brian Cole



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 is the 2020 President of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Cole also holds several other leadership positions in national and international orthopedic societies.

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. Dr. Cole’s patients describe his practice as compassionate, available and willing to offer novel solutions to avoid surgery whenever possible. Testimonials to the surgical care that Dr. Cole’s team provides are frequently featured and shared.

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. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 8 textbooks on orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, has lectured nationally and internationally on more than 2,000 occasions and has appeared as an expert on several TV documentaries.

He received an MD and MBA from the University of Chicago, completed his orthopedic residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery at Cornell Medical Center, and a Sports Medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. His professional career outside of academia includes serving as team physician for the Chicago Bulls, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox, and a team physician for the Chicago Fire, Chicago Dogs, and DePaul University. He has served as co-host for 10 years on the radio talk-show Sports Medicine Weekly on ESPN and on 670TheScore – Chicago Sports Radio.

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA, was named the Dr. Ralph and Marian C. Falk Professor of Biochemistry, effective December 1, 2020. The Dr. Ralph and Marian C. Falk Medical Research Trust established this professorship to advance the study of osteoarthritis and cartilage physiology. It pays tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Falk for their commitment to the advancement of patient care through scientific investigation and the exploration of medical science.

Dr. Cole is a nationally acclaimed orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine for the knee, shoulder and elbow. He is a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Cell & Molecular Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, and he is chairman of surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital. Dr. Cole also serves as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Training Program at Rush University Medical Center, where he trains residents and fellows in sports medicine and research.

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