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Dr. Julia Bruene is a sports medicine physician with special interests in acute and chronic orthopedic injuries, concussion management, care of female athletes, care of combat athletes/mixed martial arts, and special needs athletes.

In 2006, Dr. Bruene graduated magna cum laude earning her bachelor's degree in health planning and administration, with a minor in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She went on to complete her medical degree at Rush University Medical College, Chicago, IL graduating in the top 20 percent of her class. Dr. Bruene served as chief resident in the Advocate Lutheran General Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program, Park Ridge, IL. She then completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Rush University Medical Center.

A Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu enthusiast and recreational runner, Dr. Bruene understands how vital physical well-being is to athletes. She also views exercise as medicine, aiding patients in reaching their wellness potential. Dedicated to keeping fellow sports enthusiasts healthy, Dr. Bruene volunteers to provide medical coverage for Chicago-area sporting events such as the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. She has also participated in team coverage for local area high school, college, and professional teams, and is a team physician for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, DePaul University, and Trinity International University.

In her leisure time, Dr. Bruene is an accomplished wedding singer and Chicago sports fanatic

Curriculum Vitae

Practice Emphasis

Nonoperative Orthopedics
Sports Medicine

Special Procedures

Ultrasound guided injections

Research Interests

Concussion management


Not currently a member of the AAOS

Clinical Support Staff

  • Vicky Spanos (AA)
  • Meghan Scotty (ATC) Physician Extender

Education / Certifications

  • Medical School
    Rush University Medical College, Chicago, IL
  • Residency
    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL Family Medicine, Area of Concentration in Sports Medicine
  • Fellowship
    Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL Primary Care Sports Medicine
  • Certification
    Family Medicine American Board of Family Medicine

Patient responses are scored and represented on a 1-to-5 star scale, where 5 stars is a perfect score.

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR) is committed to better understanding what patients think of our care, to help us continually improve the quality of our care.

MOR patients receive surveys via email to complete after certain types of office visits. Our survey is administered by an independent third party, Universal Research Solutions, LLC. This data encompasses patient feedback for physicians from the past year (where available).

The response options for the questions, except where otherwise indicated, are:
Yes, Definitely
Yes, Somewhat

Physician Office Locations


1611 West Harrison Street
Chicago, Illinois 60612


2450 S. Wolf Road
Westchester, IL 60154

Oak Park

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