American Medical Society for Sports Medicine
For Immediate Release Apr 22, 2012

AMSSM Addresses the Popular and Growing Field of Biologic Therapies and PRP

ATLANTA, Ga. – Chicago Bulls and White Sox team physician Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA will be presenting an “Update on PRP and Stem Cells in Cartilage Repair” at the 21st American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Ga. on Sunday, April 22.

Dr. Cole’s presentation is one of eight lectures within a 4-hour session on Biologics Therapies during the meeting. The meeting features lectures and research addressing the most challenging topics in sports medicine today including prevention of sudden death, cardiovascular issues in athletes, concussion, biologic therapies, and other controversies facing the field of sports medicine.

Biologic treatments and platelet rich plasma have been used for treatment of tendon injuries, especially in elite athletes. There is ongoing investigation regarding use of similar strategies to prevent and treat cartilage injuries, which are extremely difficult to manage in active people. This session will emphasize the “cutting edge” of sports medicine.

"Patients and physicians are searching for valid alternatives to surgical intervention for the treatment of osteoarthritis,” said Dr. Cole. “Emerging clinical data appears to support the use of PRP for this application."

More than 1,200 sports medicine physicians from across the United States and 12 countries around the world are attending the meeting.

Dr. Cole is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. He is the Section Head of the Cartilage Research Program at Rush University Medical Center and the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush, a multidisciplinary program specializing in the restoration of articular cartilage and meniscal deficiency. He also serves as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Program and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine.

He specializes in arthroscopic shoulder, elbow and knee surgery. He has a specific interest in arthroscopic reconstruction of athlete’s shoulder (rotator cuff, instability and arthritis), elbow and knee. He is the principal investigator for numerous FDA clinical trials and regularly performs basic science research.

He has authored and edited several hundred peer-reviewed publications, including highly recognized orthopedic textbooks on arthroscopy, sports medicine and cartilage transplantation. His publications also include nearly one thousand book chapters, technique papers, and presentations describing the techniques and results of shoulder, elbow and knee surgery.

Dr. Cole was chosen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” each year since 2004 and as a “Top Doctor” in the Chicago Metro area each year since 2003. In 2006, he was featured as “Chicago’s Top Doctor” and placed on the cover of Chicago Magazine. Dr. Cole is the team physician for the Chicago Bulls NBA Basketball team, co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball team and DePaul University in Chicago.

The AMSSM is a multi-disciplinary organization of sports medicine physicians whose members are dedicated to education, research, advocacy, and the care of athletes of all ages. Founded in 1991, the AMSSM is now comprised of more than 2,000 sports medicine physicians whose goal is to provide a link between the rapidly expanding core of knowledge related to sports medicine and its application to patients in a clinical setting.

NOTE: For more information, please contact the AMSSM, 4000 W. 114th St., Suite 100, Leawood, KS 66211, (913) 327-1415.

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