Sparing the Scalpel

A Surgeon’s Perspective on the Future of Orthopedics | Brian Cole | TEDxRushU

In this TEDx talk, sports medicine expert and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Cole “takes off the scrubs” to convey how contemporary thinking and treatments can “spare the scalpel” for injured and sidelined patients. In a provocative, lighthearted talk, Cole who is the head team physician for the Chicago Bulls, shares his philosophy, saying, “a surgeon’s practice is 90% thinking and 10% doing when it comes to providing the best solutions to what patients really need.” Dr. Cole highlights the importance of reasonable expectations, the appropriate use of technology, and the future of medicine, including stem cells and regenerative therapies.

Dr. Brian Cole is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush and a Professor of Orthopedics and Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center. He is the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center at Rush University Medical Center, a multidisciplinary program specializing in the treatment of arthritis in young, active patients. Since 2011, he has served as Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital and as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Program at Rush.

Dr. Cole’s research interests include cartilage restoration, therapeutic biologics, and minimally invasive surgical techniques for the treatment of the knee, elbow, and shoulder. He has published more than 1,000 articles and 5 textbooks on orthopedic surgery and sports medicine.

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