Joffrey Ballet Partners with MOR, RUMC

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Sports medicine and foot and ankle specialists from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush (MOR), who are also on staff at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC), have been selected to serve as preferred medical providers for The Joffrey Ballet, the world-class dance company located in Chicago.

The Joffrey Ballet is the newest professional athletic organization for which this practice provides medical care. MOR physicians are also medical providers for Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, the Chicago White Sox, the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and the Chicago Bulls.

Dr. Simon Lee, foot and ankle orthopedic surgeon and Dr. Leda Ghannad, sports medicine physician, will serve as head physicians for The Joffrey Ballet. Colleagues Drs. Johnny Lin and Kamran Hamid, also foot and ankle orthopedic specialists will round out the medical team for The Joffrey Ballet.

“We will work with the on-site ballet therapists to help the dancers perform in optimal condition, and if an injury does occur, we can immediately provide the required care to minimize time away from performing,” explains Dr. Lee.

An MOR physician will monitor the Joffrey’s on-site training room once a week and attend each of the Chicago performances in February, April and in the summer of 2018. If a higher level of medical care is needed, dancers will be treated at the MOR clinic or at RUMC. The Joffrey team physicians will also provide care for Joffrey staff members.

Approximately 40 percent of dancers’ injuries involve lower extremities, which are typically overuse injuries. “We understand ballet dancers who are a tough breed of elite athletes with rigorous and lengthy daily practice sessions,” says Dr. Ghannad. “While they may sustain acute injuries, dancers’ foot and ankle injuries are usually caused by repetitive movements.”

About The Joffrey Ballet

The Joffrey Ballet is a world-class, Chicago-based ballet company and dance education organization committed to artistic excellence and innovation, presenting a unique repertoire encompassing masterpieces of the past and cutting-edge works. The Joffrey is committed to providing arts education and accessible dance training through its Joffrey Academy of Dance and Community Engagement programs.

About Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush

Rush University Medical Center’s orthopedics program is ranked #1 in Illinois, according to U.S. News and World Report magazine’s 2017-2018 Best Hospitals issue. Rush also has one of the top sports medicine residency and fellowship training programs in the country.

New! Sports Medicine Weekly Is Now on Amazon Alexa Devices

Listening just got even more hands-off for our listeners. Sports Medicine Weekly podcasts are now being syndicated on all Amazon Alexa devices!

Amazon Alexa devices, which include Amazon Echo and Amazon Echo Dot, are wireless, voice-activated “smart speakers” that feature a personal assistant voice service named “Alexa.” Similarly to Siri, Alexa will carry out the commands you say out loud to it. Current users have been using them to ask for the weather report, access their favorite music, and, most importantly, tune in to podcasts.

Now you can take advantage of this smart technology, too! Spreaker has introduced our podcast in their 50,000+ catalog of podcasts, to Amazon Alexa, and have developed a new skill that can get our listeners tuning in to our podcast in seconds, no hands required.

Check out how the new feature works by reading the dedicated blog post.

To enable the skill on your Amazon Alexa device, go to the Amazon Store here.

Billy Garrett Jr. thrives in defiance of Sickle Cell Disease; Transform your Health with the Toxin Take-down Course

Episode 17.20 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:33): Billy Garrett Jr. talks with Steve and Dr. Cole about his Sickle Cell condition, how he trains and has played at the highest level at DePaul University and now currently with the NY Knicks G League. The 6-foot-5 Chicago native has the “SC” form of sickle cell disease, statistically milder than the “SS” form. It is different from sickle cell trait, which can cause muscle breakdown during intense exercise.

Billy Garrett Jr.

Garrett Jr.’s condition, in short: Red blood cells mutate into a “sickle” shape to clog vessels and limit blood flow. This can cause extreme pain emanating from joints or, worse, damage to organs. Each of these episodes is called a crisis. Triggers include stress, a lack of rest, cold temperatures (that constrict blood vessels) and dehydration — all of which describe the daily working conditions of an athlete playing high-level basketball.

Segment Two (15:20): Karen Malkin from Karen Malkin Health Counseling talks about the various program levels and resources available to improve your health, your life and improve the environment.

The 14 Day Transformation Program, the Foundation Program, Master Your Metabolism Program and announcing her new Toxic Takedown Course to be launched in October.

The new program educates you on how to reduce the toxic load in your food and environment and eliminate damage from free radicals. Karen encourages all of us to visit which provides a wealth of resources to help us live better and protect the environment.

The Environmental Working Group’s mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. With breakthrough research and education, we drive consumer choice and civic action.

News on the Willy Garcia Collision with Yoan Moncada; Why Store My Stem Cells?; Join us at The Chicago Sports Summit

Episode 17.18 with Hosts Steve Kashul and Dr. Brian Cole. Broadcasting on ESPN Chicago 1000 WMVP-AM Radio, Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:00 AM/c.

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Segment One (01:30): Dr. Nik Verma from Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and Head Team Physician for the Chicago White Sox, talks about the recent Willy Garcia Collision with Yoan Moncada; how the medical team deals with multiple player injuries; the new White Sox-MLB concussion protocol; the diagnosis, treatment and recovery of the injuries.

White Sox rookies Yoan Moncada and Willy Garcia left the game after colliding inshallow right field. Moncada’s knee struck Garcia in the side of the head and both players were injured. Garcia was able to leave the field under his own power but Moncada needed to be taken off on a cart.

Segment Two (12:26): Dr. Cole and Steve ClausnitzerCEO of Forever Labs talk about the important reasons and process for preserving your stem cell for later use in life and the ongoing research on cell biology by Dr. Cole and others at Rush University Medical Center.

Why Store My Stem Cells? The number and therapeutic quality of our stem cells diminishes with age. Storing your stem cells today preserves them for future therapies that combat age-related disease, and perhaps aging itself.

Segment Three (25:45): Dr. Cole announces the 2nd Annual Chicago Sports Summit, a half-day event featuring some of Chicago’s heaviest hitters. Participants will speak about how sports and after school activities empower youth to engage in positive behavior to help reduce Chicago’s violence.

Executives will also discuss how they use sports marketing and celebrities to grow their business. Attendees will learn about new developments in sports science and how these advances impact an athlete’s endurance, performance and injury prevention.

October 4th, 2017 - 8AM to Noon Hyatt Regency Hotel, 151 East Upper Wacker Drive, Chicago IL

Join Us For The Greatest Sports Event of the Year! Click here to Register.

Dr. Brian Cole Interviewed on VoyageChicago

Reprinted from article Published July 18, 2017 in VoyageChicago

Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. Brian Cole.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.

About 8 years ago, I was pondering how treating patients with sport-related injuries was a true privilege and incredibly gratifying, yet remained challenging to positively impact large numbers of patients when treating one patient at a time. This limitation was the subject of one post-game discussion in the training room with the voice of the Chicago Bulls, Steve Kashul.

We discussed how important patient education is as part of the routine care of injury and disease and that injury prevention is actually possible to teach if provided the proper venue. We agreed to collaborate and develop a unique radio show called Sports Medicine Weekly on ESPN radio in Chicago. Now in its 7th season airing on Saturday mornings from 8:00-8:30 am on AM 1000, we have successfully satisfied this mission.

We have a daily blog, content heavy website (, are active on Twitter (@BrianColeMD, @SMWHome) and Facebook (@gotosmw) and have an enormous following in the Midwest of those interested in everything from preventing throwing injuries in our youth to the how eat well and exercise responsibly as we age.

While we recognize that catching the show live on Saturday mornings can be challenging, listeners can tune in any time at where you will find our custom player, mobile apps and a variety of podcast resources including Apple, iHeartRadio,, SoundCloud, Spreaker, SticherRadio, TuneinRadio and You Tube.

Most importantly, the net proceeds support Orthopedic Research at Rush University Medical center. Our research goals are straightforward: to generate much needed funding to advance orthopedic research at Rush, while creating awareness of important alternative treatments such as regenerative therapies using the patient’s own cells, including PRP, stem cells, adipose tissue and stem cells.

To date, fundraising has largely been used to investigate improvements and alternatives to existing technologies. Several projects are currently slated that are in need of additional funding to facilitate their completion and are delineated on the website.

Has it been a smooth road?
The road has been smooth as so many are interested in remaining healthy and active. Discussing topics that relate to overuse injuries, parenting young athletes, sports nutrition, supplements, rehabilitation, and tissue transplantation have all been some of our listening audience’s favorites. We have strived to keep our overhead as low as possible in an effort to maximize our contribution to supporting orthopedic research. The sponsors of SMW actively engage when possible as speakers providing provocative topics for our listeners and everyone benefits from this approach.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Sports Medicine Weekly and ESPN Chicago story. Tell us more about the business.
Team Physician Dr. Brian Cole and Bulls Radio host Steve Kashul host Sports Medicine Weekly on ESPN 1000 Saturday mornings at 8:30AM.

The show features many interesting and informative guest authorities covering a broad range of sports injury and fitness topics. Speakers include nationally recognized authorities in the field of sports medicine, surgeons, coaches and trainers.

Net Proceeds are donated for the Advancement of Orthopedic Research at Rush through the LiveActiveNow Foundation

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