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Portrait: Brian Cole

Brian J Cole

MBA, MD, MBA
Professional Focus Dr. Brian Cole is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Orthopedic.
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.
He is the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center at Rush specializing in the treatment of arthritis in young active patients with a focus on regenerative medicine and biologic alternatives to surgery. He also serves as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Training Program and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine and research. He lectures nationally and internationally and holds several leadership positions in prominent sports medicine societies.
Through basic science and clinical research, Dr. Cole has developed several innovative techniques for the treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee conditions.


Honors & Awards Most Cited Publication Award from Arthroscopy 2012 2018
HSS Distinguished Alumnus Award 2017
65 Orthopedic Surgeons Recommended by Orthopedic Surgeons, Becker’s Orthopedic Review 2017
AOSSM Fellow Research Award for Clinical Science 2017
AANA - J. Whit Ewing Resident/Fellow Essay Award 2017
America’s Best Physicians 2017
Honorary Member National Athletic Trainers’ Association 2017
Inaugural Steve Gitelis Award for Tissue Transplantation 2017
Best Clinical Paper, French Arthroscopy Society Meeting 2016
Best Clinical Paper, Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine 2016
Fellow Research Award, Leukocyte Poor vs Rich PRP in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis 2015
Resident Research Award, Motion Analysis in Pitchers following Biceps Treatment 2015
ICRS Research Award, Leukocyte Poor vs Rich PRP in the Treatment of Osteoarthritis 2015
AANA J.W. Ewing Resident/Fellow Essay Award: Distal Tibial Allograft for Shoulder Instability 2015
156 ASC Industry Physician Leaders to Know, Becker’s ASC 2015
Top 3 Industry Leader in Orthopedics, Beckers ASC 2015
57 Great Orthopedic Surgeons Recommended by Healthcare leaders 2015
AAOS Annual Orthopedic Video Theatre Award, Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization 2015
Best Poster, AOSSM Annual Meeting, Glenohumeral Contact Pressures 2014
Top 100 Surgeon who Operates in ASC’s, Becker Orthopedics 2014
Top 4 Knee Surgeons who Take Care of Professional Athletes and Operate in ASCs 2014
Top 28 Shoulder Surgeon in America, Orthopedics This Week 2014
Top 28 Knee Surgeon in America, Orthopedics This Week 2014
Best Doctors In America 2014
Cover Story, Crain’s Chicago Magazine, Profile of a Team Physician 2013
Top US Shoulder Surgeon, Orthopedics This Week 2013
Top Poster Award: Randomized Trial of RCR with and without SAD, AOSSM 2013
Top 10 Surgeon in World affecting Impact Factor in Orthopedic Research 2013
Best Paper, 16
th Annual OREF/ORS 2013 Central Indiana Research Symposium 2013
Top 19 US Sports Medicine Specialists, Orthopedics This Week 2013
Top Surgery Center Industry Leader, Becker’s Orthopedics 2013
Top Sports Medicine Physician in US with Research Award, Becker’s Orthopedics 2012
Best Paper, Rush Research Forum, June 16, 2012. 2012
Top US Shoulder Surgeon, Orthopedics This Week 2012
Chicago Super Doctor’s List 2012
Best Poster in Sports Medicine, ACL Cost Effectiveness, AAOS 2012 Annual Meeting 2012
Honorary Program Chair, Rush Associates Board 2012
Best Rush Medical School Research Project of the Year, MLB SLAP Study 2011
NBA Team Physician of the Year 2009
America’s Top Doctor, Castle Connolly 2009
America’s Top Physician 2008
Program Chairman, AOSSM Specialty Day and Annual Meeting 2008
Top Sports Medicine Specialist, Chicago Magazine Best Doctors in Chicago 2008
Editorial Reviewer of the Year, Journal of Knee Surgery 2007
Chicago Magazine, featured on cover for “Top Doctors in Chicago” issue 2006
Best Doctor in America 2005
Best Research Project, 17
th Annual Thesis Day, Rush University 2005
Mark Allam Lecturer, American College of Veterinary Surgeons Annual Meeting 2004
Herodicus Society 2004
Hall of Fame: Prosser Career Academy 2004
Best Research Project, 16
th Annual Thesis Day, Rush University 2004
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Anchor Cross Society, Rush University Medical Center 2004
Best Doctor in America 2004
Best Research Project, 15
th Annual Thesis Day, Rush University 2003
Sigma Xi Best Research Award, Rush University 2003
Top Doctor (Orthopedics): Chicago Metro Area 2002
Clinical Research Poster Award, 7th Annual AMSA Poster Session, NIH/NHSC/AAMC/AMS
Selected, America’s Top Surgeons, consumersresearchcncl.org 2002
OREF Career Development Award 2001
Best Research Project, 13th Annual Thesis Day, Rush University 2001
Lewis Clark Wagner Award, Best Resident Research 1996
Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society 1990
Highest Honors Clinical Clerkships, The University of Chicago 1990
Dean's List, Graduate School of Business, The University of Chicago 1989
Magna Cum Laude, University of Illinois (GPA 4.9/5.0) 1985
Bronze Tablet, University of Illinois (Top 3% of Graduating Class) 1985
Golden Key Honor Society, University of Illinois 1985
Research & Publications RESEARCH ACTIVITIES:
RUSH UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, SECTION OF SPORTS MEDICINE
Rotator cuff repair, shoulder instability, cartilage transplantation, ortho-biologics. (1997-present)
THE UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, DEPARTMENT OF SPORTS MEDICINE,
FREDDIE H. FU, MD, CHRISTOPHER D. HARNER, MD, JON J.P. WARNER, MD
Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, the rotator interval of the shoulder and multiple ligament injuries of the knee.
(1996-1997)
THE HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY, RUSSELL R. WARREN, MD
Osteoinductive proteins, bioresorbable copolymers, cost containment, hip fractures in the elderly, and the rotator interval
of the shoulder. (1992-1996)
THE HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY, SECTION OF METABOLIC BONE DISEASE, JOSEPH M.
LANE, MD, BASIC SCIENCE OF OSTEOINDUCTION
One-year research (75%) and clinical (25%) fellowship in metabolic bone disease with emphasis on osteoporosis, hard
tissue analysis and the biology of rhBMP-2. Experience in rat and rabbit orthopaedic surgery. (1991-1992)
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, SECTION OF CARDIOLOGY, WYLIE MCNABB, EdD, PREVENTIVE
CARDIOLOGY
Behavior change techniques in preventive cardiology. (1989-1990)
THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO, SECTION OF PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE,
LAWRENCE D.H.WOOD, MD, PhD, LUNG REPERFUSION INJURY
A canine model for lung transplantation. (1987-1988)
THE UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS, BIOLOGICAL DIVISION, WILLIAM T. GREENOUGH, PhD,
MORPHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ENVIRONMENT ON THE NEUROANATOMY OF THE RAT BRAIN.
Investigated the effects of exercise as compared to the effects of an enriched environment in the rat cerebral cortex.

EDITORIAL AND REVIEW RESPONSIBILITIES:
Biologic Orthopedic Journal 2016
Editorial Board, Open Access Journal for Orthopedic Sports Medicine 2013
Senior Editor, Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine 2012
Editorial Board, Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine 2009
Editor, Case Reports in Medicine 2009
Principal Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2008
Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 2008
Reviewer, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2008
Associate Editor, American Journal of Orthopedics, Shoulder and Elbow 2006
Reviewer, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2006
Reviewer, Journal of Knee Surgery, SLACK Publications 2004
Editor, Meniscus Surgery, Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine 2003
Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine 2002
Associate Editor, Sports Medicine Reports 2002
Editor, Advances in Articular Cartilage, Orthopedic Quarterly 2002
Editor, Articular Cartilage Lesions: A practical guide to assessment and management, Springer 2002
Editor, Arthroscopy, WB Saunders 2002
Editor, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Quarterly 2001
Editor, Atlas of Surgical Techniques in Sports Medicine, Thieme Publishing 2001
Editor, Sports Medicine Reports 2001
Editor, Chondral Injury, Techniques in Orthopedics, WB Saunders 2001
Editor, Shoulder Arthroscopy: Approaches for the New Millennium, Clin Ortho Rel Res 2001
Editor, Cartilage Restoration, in The Arthritic Knee, AAOS CDROM 2000
Editor, Alternative Techniques for Cartilage Restoration, AAOS Website 1991
Book Reviewer-Doody Publishing 1996

Conditions
Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
Bursitis, Shoulder (Shoulder Bursitis)
Dislocated Shoulder
Tendinitis Shoulder (Rotator Cuff)
rotator cuff tear
meniscal deficiency
articular cartilage degradation
Arthritis
Arthritis, Degenerative (Osteoarthritis)
Joint Inflammation (Arthritis)
Osteoarthritis
Bursitis of the Knee (Knee Bursitis)
Anserine Bursitis (Knee Bursitis)
Posterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear
Meniscus Tear
shoulder instability
Fracture
fracture of shoulder blade
SLAP lesion
SLAP tear
shoulder impingement
glenoid labrum tear
biceps tendonitis
ACL tear
PCL tear
cubital tunnel syndrome
distal humerus fracture
Lateral Epicondylitis (Elbow Pain)
Tennis Elbow (Elbow Pain)
elbow bursitis
elbow fracture
elbow tendonitis
golfers elbow
ulnar nerve entrapment
radial head fracture
Osteochondritis Dissecans
Baker Cyst
Chondromalacia Patella (Patellofemoral Syndrome)
collateral ligament injury
collateral ligament tear
discoid meniscus
Osteonecrosis (Aseptic Necrosis)
patellar fracture
patellar arthritis
patellar tendon tear
patellofemoral pain syndrome
quadriceps tendon tear
runners knee
patellar instability
Procedures
Arthroscopy
Knee Arthroscopy and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
Knee Arthroscopy and Chondroplasty
Shoulder Arthroscopy and Debridement
Shoulder Arthroscopy and Decompression
Shoulder Arthroscopy/Distal Clavicle Excision
Knee Arthroscopy Repair of both Menisci
Knee Arthroscopy and Meniscectomy
shoulder reconstrucion
elbow reconstruction
University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, 1990
Medical School
Loyola University Medical Center - General Surgical Internship, 1991
The Hospital for Special Surgery Cornell Medical Center - Orthopaedics, 1996
Residency
The University of Pittsburgh - Sports Medicine, 1997
Fellowship
Board Certifications
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Hospital Affiliation
Rush Hospital
Rush Oak Park Hospital
Place of Work
Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Rush Medical College | Hospital Based, Academic | Current
Professor, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, Rush Medical College | Academic | Current
Chairman, Department of Surgery, Rush Oak Park Hospital | Hospital Based | Current
Section Head, Cartilage Restoration Center | Hospital Based | Current
Languages
English