Orthopedic & Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Brian Cole

Written by Rachel Fields | June 17, 2010 | Print  |
Brian Cole, MD, 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. He was chosen as "Chicago's Top Doctor" in 2006 and was featured in the Becker's Orthopedic and Spine Review list of "25 of the Best Knee Surgeons in the United States". A specialist in arthroscopic shoulder, elbow and knee surgery, he also serves as the team physician for the Chicago Bulls basketball team and co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox baseball team.

Dr. Cole graduated from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine and completed his residency in orthopedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery at the Cornell Medical Center in New York. He also undertook a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh.

At the Rush Cartilage Restoration Center within Rush Medical Center, Dr. Cole works on synthesizing current research to develop treatments for cartilage problems. He developed the Rush Cartilage Restoration Center program to "take care of patients who were relatively active and otherwise healthy and who were often told that they had no other solution to their problem besides a knee replacement," according to an interview with Body1 online health network.

Dr. Cole has authored and edited several hundred peer-reviewed publications, including acclaimed textbooks on arthroscopy, sports medicine and cartilage transplantation. He is especially interested in arthroscopic reconstruction of athlete's shoulder (rotator cuff, instability and arthritis), elbow and knee and is the principle investigator for numerous FDA clinical trials. He also lectures nationally on the techniques of shoulder arthroscopy and serves on the board of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.


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