April Featured Author

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA

Associate Chairman and Professor, Department of Orthopedics, Rush
Chairman, Department of Surgery, Rush OPH
Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee Surgery
Section Head, Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush
Team Physician Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox
Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois

From the April issue: Preoperative Tibial Subchondral Bone Marrow Lesion Patterns and Associations With Outcomes After Isolated Meniscus Allograft Transplantation

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Cole discuss his article in the April issue.


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 2015, he was appointed as an Associate-Chairman of the Department of Orthopedics at Rush. 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 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 his basic science and clinical research, he has developed several innovative techniques for the treatment of shoulder, elbow, and knee conditions. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 10 widely read textbooks in orthopedics and regenerative medicine.

Dr. Cole has been frequently chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” since 2004 and as a “Top Doctor” in the Chicago metro area since 2003. In 2006, he was featured on the cover of Chicago Magazine as “Chicago’s Top Doctor” and was selected as NBA Team Physician of the Year in 2009. 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. He is the head team physician for the Chicago Bulls NBA team, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox MLB team and DePaul University in Chicago.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

Cole BJ, Karas V, Hussey K, Merkow D, Pilz K, Fortier, LA. Hyaluronic Acid Versus Platelet-Rich Plasma: A Prospective, Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Clinical Outcomes and Effects on Intra-articular Biology for the Treatment of Knee Osteoarthritis. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Oct; 45 (2): 339-46.

Saltzman BM, Leroux T, Meyer MA, Basques BA, Chahal J, Bach BR, Yanke AB, Cole BJThe Therapeutic Effect of Intra-Articular Normal Saline Injections for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Meta-Analysis of Evidence Level 1 StudiesAm J Sports Med. 2016 Nov.

Riboh JC, Saltzman BM, Yanke AB, Cole BJHuman amniotic membrane-derived products in sports medicine:  Basic science, early results and potential clinical applicationsAm J Sports Med, 2016 Sep; 44 (9): 2425-34.

Padaki AS, Cole BJ, Ahmad CS. Concussion Incidence and Return-to-Play Time in National Basketball Association Players: Results from 2006 to 2014Am J Sports Med. 2016 Sep; 44 (9): 2263-8.

Cole BJ, Karas V, Hussey K, Pilz K, Fortier LA. Hyaluronic Acid Versus Platelet-Rich Plasma: A Prospective, Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial Comparing Clinical Outcomes and Effects on Intra-articular Biology for the Treatment of Knee OsteoarthritisAm J Sports Med. 2016 Sep.

Leroux TS, Saltzman BM, Meyer M, Frank RM, Bach BR Jr, Cole BJ, Romeo AA, Verma NN. The Influence of Evidence-Based Surgical Indications and Techniques on Failure Rates After Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization in the Contact or Collision Athlete With Anterior Shoulder InstabilityAm J Sports Med. 2016 Aug.

Getgood A, LaPrade RF, Verdonk P, Gersoff W, Cole BJ, Spalding T; IMREF Group. International Meniscus Reconstruction Experts Forum (IMREF) 2015 Consensus Statement on the Practice of Meniscal Allograft TransplantationAm J Sports Med. 2016 Aug.

Cvetanovich GL, Riboh JC, Tilton AK, Cole BJAutologous Chondrocyte Implantation Improves Knee-Specific Functional Outcomes and Health-Related Quality of Life in Adolescent PatientsAm J Sports Med. 2016 Aug.

MARS Multicenter Group. Meniscal and Articular Cartilage Predictors of Clinical Outcome After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament ReconstructionAm J Sports Med. 2016 Jul.

Makhni EC, Saltzman BM, Meyer MA, Moutzouros V, Cole BJ, Romeo AA, Verma NN. Outcomes After Shoulder and Elbow Injury in Baseball Players: Are We Reporting What Matters? Am J Sports Med. 2016 Apr.

Cvetanovich GL, Chalmers PN, Verma NN, Cole BJ, Bach BR. Risk Factors for Short-term Complications of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in the United StatesAm J Sports Med. 2016 Jan.

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