Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA
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 was the 2020 President of
the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Cole also holds several
other leadership positions in national and international orthopedic
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, OrthoBiologics, and minimally invasive surgical
techniques for the treatment of the knee, elbow, and shoulder. He has published more than 1,000 articles and
20 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. Dr. Cole’s published
research is recognized as one of the most frequently referenced literature in the world, falling in the top 5% of
the most read articles on Doximity.
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, incoming
President of the NBA Team Physicians Society, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox, and a team
physician for the Chicago Red Stars, Chicago Dogs, and DePaul University. He has served as co-host for 10
years on the radio talk show Sports Medicine Weekly originally on ESPN and 670TheScore – Chicago Sports
Radio and is now the official host of his Sports Medicine Weekly Podcast. He is the founder and director of the
annual Chicago Sports Summit since 2016.