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Although Dr. Bush-Joseph is regarded as a sports medicine and arthroscopic surgical specialist, most of his patients know him by his warm compassionate bedside manner.

A graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School in 1983, he is currently a Professor at Rush University Medical Center and the Associate Director of the Rush Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. Dr. Bush-Joseph is a respected educator of medical students, residents, fellows, and practicing orthopedic surgeons lecturing at numerous national educational meetings. He serves on the editorial board of several national orthopedic journals, including the prestigious American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Long involved in the care of high school, collegiate, and recreational athletes, Dr. Bush-Joseph is a team physician for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball Club and Associate Team Physician for the Chicago Bulls. Through his experience with high-profile professional athletes, Dr. Bush-Joseph was elected to the Major League Baseball Medical Advisory Board and president of the Major League Baseball Team Physician Association for 2012. This exclusive group of team physicians advises the Major League Baseball Commissioner on medical policy and emerging trends in training and the medical care of the elite athlete. Academically, Dr. Bush-Joseph is nationally renown with leadership roles in several national orthopedic societies and president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has authored over 140 published manuscripts and book chapters.

While Dr. Bush-Joseph is involved with all of the above activities, he still most enjoys the care of the injured athlete and patient. He maintains a busy clinical practice performing over 400 surgeries annually including over 100 knee ligament (ACL and knee dislocation) surgeries many referred by other Chicagoland orthopedic and sports medicine physicians.

Although Dr. Bush-Joseph has undergone ACL reconstructions on both knees, he remains active in basketball, skiing, and golf. He always finds time to watch his children participate in a variety of high school and collegiate sports including rowing and lacrosse. His wife Vicky is a retired adoption attorney who continues to teach at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and an elected member of the Hinsdale Library Board of Trustees.

CC-Top-Docs-color.jpgDr. Charles Bush-Joseph was voted among the top 1% of Top Doctors in America® by U.S.News & World Report and Castle Connolly. The Top Doctors list is widely regarded as a high-quality reference guide to the medical profession.

Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis

Sports Medicine
Arthroscopic Surgery

Special Procedures

Arthroscopic knee ligament reconstruction
Hip arthroscopy
Arthroscopic knee and shoulder stabilization
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John)

Research Interests

Knee ligament reconstruction
Arthroscopic knee surgery


AAOS Record of Disclosure

AAOS Introduces OA Knee AUC

Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for non-arthroplasty treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee is a web-based application tool that can assist physicians in determining appropriate treatment options for OA patients.


Clinical Support Staff

Lisa Gorgen (AA)
Travis Smith (PA)

Dr. Bush-Joseph is now seeing patients until 6:30 p.m. on Mondays.

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Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    University of Michigan Medical School
  • Residency
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL - Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship
    Cincinnati Sports Medicine, Cincinnati, OH - Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery
  • Certification
    Orthopaedic Surgery

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Hospital / Surgical Locations

Elmhurst Memorial Hospital

155 E. Brush Hill Road
Elmhurst, IL 60126 

Great Lakes Surgical Suites

9200 Calumet Ave. Suite N500
Munster, Indiana 46321

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

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612


9200 Calumet Avenue, Suite 300
Munster, IN 46321

Oak Brook

2011 York Road
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523


2450 S. Wolf Road
Westchester, IL 60154