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Dr. Cole is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at RUSH University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 2024, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics 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 is 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.

Visit Dr. Cole's Website Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis

Sports Medicine
Cartilage Transplantation
Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee Surgery

Special Procedures

Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair 
Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization
Meniscal allograft transplantation
Cartilage cell transplantation
Fresh osteochondral allograft transplantation
Shoulder replacement

Research Interests

Cartilage transplantation
Rotator cuff healing
Shoulder instability

Second Language



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Clinical Support Staff

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  • Valerie McKenzie (AA)
  • Valerie Gamez (SEC)
  • Traci Jones (MA)
  • Kyle Pilz (PA-C)
  • Kali Chemelewski, (PA-C)
  • Paige Maher  (PA-C) 

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Residency
    Hospital for Special Surgery - Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY - Orthopaedics
  • Fellowship
    University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA - Sports Medicine
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Gold Coast Surgicenter

845 N. Michigan Ave, Suite 985W
Chicago, IL 60611 

Rush Oak Brook Surgery Center

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Rush Oak Park Hospital

520 S. Maple Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

Rush SurgiCenter, LP

1725 W. Harrison Street, Suite 556
Chicago, IL 60612

South Suburban Surgical Suites

9200 Calumet Ave suite e-100,

Munster, IN 46321

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612

Oak Brook

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523

Oak Park

610 South Maple Avenue, Suite 1550
Oak Park, Illinois 60304