WHO WE ARE

Our physicians, with specialized training in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, can diagnose and treat even the most complicated and rare orthopedic conditions.

OUR PROGRAM

DIVISION OF SPORTS MEDICINE FACULTY

NIKHIL N. VERMA, MD - 2004
NIKHIL N. VERMA, MD - 2004
Professor and Director, Division of Sports Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery Director, Division of Sports Medicine Research Department of Orthopedic Surgery Director, Rush Sports Medicine Fellowship Program Head Team Physician, Chicago White Sox
Dr. Verma’s practice is extremely busy and involves treatment of the shoulder, elbow and knee. Dr. Verma is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He then completed his orthopedic residency at Rush after which he completed his sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Dr. Verma maintains an active clinical practice performing over 700 procedures per year. HIs clinical team consists of 2 physician assistants, a research team as well as ancillary staff who assist in the care of his patients. Dr. Verma’s schedule consists of three clinical days at various sites and two full operative days. In addition, he serves as the head team physician for the Chicago White Sox and team physician for the Chicago Bulls. Dr. Verma is also involved in orthopedic research and serves as the Director of Research for the Division of Sports Medicine with interests in basic science, biomechanics and clinical outcomes.
BERNARD R. BACH, JR, MD - 1988
BERNARD R. BACH, JR, MD - 1988
Professor and Director Emeritus, Division of Sports Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery Founder and Director Emeritus Rush Sports Medicine Fellowship
Dr. Bach is the founder of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Rush. He started the fellowship program in 1988, which to date, has trained 95 sports medicine fellows to date. Dr. Bach has held numerous prestigious appointments including President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Member of the AOSSM Hall of Fame, AOSSM Mr. Sports Medicine to name a few. Dr. Bach’s rotation is shared with Dr. Forsythe. Clinically, Dr. Bach performs over 450 surgical procedures annually. Approximately 65% of his practice is currently devoted to disorders of the knee and 30% to shoulder disorders. Major areas of clinical experience are in knee and shoulder arthroscopy, knee ligament reconstruction (ACL, PCL, knee dislocations, revision knee ligament surgery), patellar instability surgery, and osteotomies about the knee. In the shoulder, Dr Bach performs shoulder instability and rotator cuff related surgical procedures.
CHARLES A. BUSH-JOSEPH, MD - 1989
CHARLES A. BUSH-JOSEPH, MD - 1989
Professor, Division of Sports Medicine, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Dr. Bush-Joseph's practice is a "classic sports medicine/team physician" practice. He sees on average 1000 new patients per year with a variety of knee, shoulder, hip, and elbow injuries and conditions. The practice is 60% knee, 30% shoulder, and 10% hip/elbow/muscle injuries. He performs 120-150 ACL surgeries per year using a variety of graft options including patella tendon, hamstring, quad tendon, and allograft. He performs shoulder instability in the lateral position and the majority of rotator cuff procedures in the beach chair position. He perms 15-20 elbow procedures, including ulnar collateral ligament reconstructions. Dr. Bush-Joseph remains actively involved in the care of the Chicago White Sox and Bulls. Fellows are expected to participate in spring training activities in Arizona.
BRIAN J. COLE, MD, MBA - 1997
BRIAN J. COLE, MD, MBA - 1997
Associate Chairman, Department of Orthopedics Rush University Professor, Division of Sports Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery Section Head Director, Rush Cartilage Restoration Center
On Dr. Cole’s rotation, you will experience the most advanced techniques and philosophies for treating complex shoulder, elbow, and knee pathology. Dr. Cole’s team consists of 3 PA-C’s, 3 research assistants, and multiple ancillary staff that assist with delivering clinical care. A typical week is comprised of 2-3 clinical days and/or 2-3 operative days. Clinic days consist of seeing approximately 90 patients, and encompass the full spectrum of operative and non-operative treatment of musculoskeletal injury, including the most advanced biologic strategies. Operative days are held at one of the 4 facilities, where 10-14 cases per day are divided across 2 rooms. On average, fellows will perform well over 200 cases with Dr. Cole during the 10-week rotation. As an international tertiary center for cartilage restoration, while on service you will gain exposure to 10-20 meniscal allograft transplants and 20-30 osteochondral allograft procedures, amongst other procedures such as MACI, biocartilage, bone marrow aspirate concentrate injections, and various periarticular osteotomies. This complexity is well balanced with primary and revision ligamentous reconstruction (30-40), arthroscopic shoulder stabilization (15-20), rotator cuff repair (30-40), and anatomic and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (20-30). As the head team physician of the Chicago Bulls, your patient exposure includes athletes at every participation level. Finally, by working with the managing partner for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, you will gain invaluable insight and mentorship on how to build and maintain an evidence-based practice that successfully manages social media, collects patient reported outcomes for clinical research, and utilizes the most current treatment algorithms to deliver outstanding patient outcomes.
GREGORY P. NICHOLSON, MD - 2001
GREGORY P. NICHOLSON, MD - 2001
Professor Director, Rush Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship Program
Dr. Nicholson’s clinical practice focuses on shoulder and elbow conditions. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Indiana. He completed his residency at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, followed by a shoulder fellowship at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Nicholson serves as Director of the Division of Shoulder Surgery and is also the Director of the Shoulder Fellowship at Rush. He also serves as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. Dr. Nicholson’s schedule consists of three clinical days and two surgical days. Dr. Nicholson, by the nature of many of the complex shoulder procedures he performs, uses the main OR at Rush and Oak Park Hospital for inpatient shoulder cases. On many days, he may “staircase” procedures, allowing for increased efficiency. The fellow will participate in 475 +/- 25 surgeries during the fellowship year. Dr. Nicholson’s clinical team consists of two physician assistants, a medical assistant as well as his administrative assistant.
SHANE J. NHO, MD, MS - 2009
SHANE J. NHO, MD, MS - 2009
Associate Professor Director, Hip Preservation Center Associate Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Dr. Nho is a graduate of Rush Medical College.  He earned a Masters Degree in Anatomy from Graduate College of Rush University.  After completing his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, he returned to Rush for his Sports Medicine Fellowship. Dr. Nho did specialized hip training with Dr. Michael Leunig in Zurich, Switzerland. He also completed an additional year of hip training, completing six months with Dr. Philippon at The Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail and with Dr. Byrd in Nashville. In addition, he was the recipient of the prestigious Herodicus Traveling Hip Arthroscopy Fellowship with Dr. Brian Kelly.

Dr. Nho’s practice is focused on hip arthroscopy and hip preservation surgery. On clinical days, Dr. Nho and his team see about 60 patients each day for 2 days every week. He operates 2-3 days each week and schedules about 6-8 cases each operative day and most cases are hip arthroscopy cases. He has weekly hip preservation research meetings on Tuesdays at 5pm after clinic. The fellow on his service covers Morton High School football, as well as the Chicago Steel ice hockey.

Dr. Nho’s practice is focused on hip arthroscopy and hip preservation surgery. On clinical days, Dr. Nho and his team see about 60 patients each day for 2 days every week. He operates 2-3 days each week and schedules about 6-8 cases each operative day and most cases are hip arthroscopy cases. He has weekly hip preservation research meetings on Tuesdays at 5pm after clinic. The fellow on his service covers Morton High School football, as well as the Chicago Steel ice hockey.
BRIAN J. FORSYTHE, MD - 2012
BRIAN J. FORSYTHE, MD - 2012
Assistant Professor
Dr. Forsythe’s practice focus includes arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery, along with shoulder arthroplasty. He performs approximately 150 knee ligament reconstructions per year, along with osteotomies, and cartilage procedures. His arthroscopic shoulder practice ranges from rotator cuff repairs to superior capsular reconstructions. He performs both arthroscopic labral and open bony stabilization procedures of the shoulder. His arthroplasty practice includes both reverse and anatomic shoulder replacements. He serves as the Head Orthopedic Officer for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and as a team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. He is actively involved with our enrollment in clinical trials.
ADAM B. YANKE, MD, PhD - 2014
ADAM B. YANKE, MD, PhD - 2014
Assistant Professor, Division of Sports Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery Assistant Director, Rush Cartilage Restoration Center Director, Sports Medicine Clinical Research.
Dr. Yanke’s practice involves knee and shoulder treatments that range from arthroscopy to arthroplasty. He trained at Rush for medical school, graduate school, residency, and sports medicine fellowship and afterwards went into practice at Rush. Dr. Yanke completed a Doctorate in Biochemistry, with a focus on cartilage metabolism in normal and diseased conditions at Rush University. Surgeries that will be observed include rotator cuff repairs including augmentation and SCRs, as well as RTSA, TSA and stabilization. Knee surgeries have a focus on cartilage restoration (DFO/HTO/AMZ, OA grafts, MACI, MAT), as well as patellofemoral instability (MPFL, Trochleoplasty, Distalization, LPFL), along with standard procedures such as ligament reconstruction and meniscus work. Clinical volume includes >500 cases per year including 40-50 MPFL reconstructions, >20 osteotomies, and >75 ACLs. Dr. Yanke is the head team physician for the Windy City Bulls and also covers a local highschool. Research interests have included work on patellofemoral biomechanics and finite element analysis as well as cartilage clinical outcomes and biochemistry. These studies range from cadaveric research to large animal in vivo models to clinical RCTs.
GRANT GARRIGUES, MD - 2018
GRANT GARRIGUES, MD - 2018
Associate Professor
Dr. Garrigues’ clinical practice focuses on the management of shoulder and elbow conditions. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard, a research degree from MIT, completed orthopaedic residency at Duke and fellowship at The Rothman Institute. Prior to his recruitment to Rush, he was the Head of Shoulder Reconstruction at Duke, Co-Director of the Duke Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Fellowship, and the 2017 ASES European traveling fellow. On rotation with Dr. Garrigues you will be exposed to the entire breadth of shoulder and elbow pathology and treatment, including arthroscopic latarjet, complex and revision shoulder arthroplasty, arthroscopic nerve dissection, superior capsular reconstruction, and shoulder and elbow trauma.
JORGE CHAHLA, MD, PhD - 2019
JORGE CHAHLA, MD, PhD - 2019
Assistant Professor Director, Sports Medicine Biomechanics Research
Dr. Chahla joined our faculty upon completion of his sports medicine fellowship at Rush in August of 2019.  Dr. Chahla has also completed fellowships in Regenerative Sports Medicine at the Steadman Phillippon Research Institute and a Sports Fellowship with Dr. Mandelbaum at Cedars Sinai - Kerlan Jobe Institute.

RESEARCH FACULTY

ELIZABETH F. SHEWMAN, MS, 2006
Elizabeth Shewman received her Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She joined the Division of Sports Medicine’s basic science research team in March of 2006. Elizabeth came to Rush with 15 years of orthopedic related research at the University of Michigan.

PRIMARY CARE SPORTS MEDICINE FACULTY

KATHLEEN M. WEBER, MD, 2001
KATHLEEN M. WEBER, MD, 2001Assistant Professor (joint appointment in Internal Medicine And Orthopedic Surgery)
Dr. Weber received her training in Internal Medicine at Rush
and subsequently obtained her primary care sports medicine fellowship at the University of California at San Diego.
JOSHUA BLOMGREN, DO, 2010
JOSHUA BLOMGREN, DO, 2010Assistant Professor (joint appointment in Family Medicine And Orthopedic Surgery)
Dr. Blomgren received his training in Family Medicine at Resurrection Medical Center in Chicago and subsequently obtained his primary care sports medicine fellowship here at Rush University Medical Center.
JULIA BRUENE, MD, 2014
JULIA BRUENE, MD, 2014Assistant Professor (Appointment in Internal Medicine And Orthopedic Surgery)
Dr. Bruene received her training in Internal Medicine at Lutheran General Medical Center and subsequently obtained her primary care sports medicine fellowship at Rush University.
LEDA GHANNAD, MD, 2015
LEDA GHANNAD, MD, 2015Assistant Professor (Appointment in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation And Orthopedic Surgery)
Dr. Ghannad received her training in PM&R at Northwestern Medical Center, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) after which she completed a fellowship in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Northwestern Medical Center, Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
NICOLE BONIQUIT LEVY, MD, 2016
NICOLE BONIQUIT LEVY, MD, 2016Assistant Professor (joint appointment in Pediatrics And Orthopedic Surgery)
Dr. Boniquit received her training in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago and subsequently obtained her primary care sports medicine fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
JEREMY ALLAND, MD, 2016
JEREMY ALLAND, MD, 2016Assistant Professor (joint appointment in Family Medicine And Orthopedic Surgery)
Dr. Alland received his training in Family Medicine UPMC St. Margaret Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, and subsequently obtained his primary care sports medicine fellowship at Rush University.
JOHN (JACK) NICKLESS, MD, 2017
JOHN (JACK) NICKLESS, MD, 2017Assistant Professor (joint appointment in Family Medicine And Orthopedic Surgery)
Dr. Nickless received his training in Family Medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, IL and subsequently obtained his primary care sports medicine fellowship at Rush University.

OUR VISION

To provide the world’s best orthopaedic patient care, education and research.

WHAT WE DO

U.S. News & World Report ranks the orthopedic program at Rush University Medical Center #7 in the Nation and #3 in Illinois.

On the field, our fellows have exposure to the athlete and the initial injury.  The fellows also participate in a locker room assessment of the athletes with a minimum of weekly locker room visits expected.  Event coverage is a mandatory aspect of the fellowship and the fellows are assigned to a minimum of one high school throughout the academic year.  The majority of their responsibilities occur during Fall with the football season, but the fellows are also involved in the coverage of basketball events, wrestling tournaments and gymnastic competitions at the high school level.  Other responsibilities in the past have included the coverage of road races, corporate sports challenges, Volvo tennis invitational, American Ballet (on tour), judo invitational, bicycling events, club rugby, The Hubbard Street Dance Company, Northbrook Youth Football, and semi-pro football coverage. In addition, the fellows are primarily responsible for covering the Chicago Steel (Junior A) Hockey team.  The on-the-field exposure for the fellow is complementary to the educational goals of our fellowship, but we are sensitive to the time commitment for the fellows and ensure that there is ample opportunity for them to sufficiently focus on the educational experience achieved from office evaluation, operative experience, and research projects.

In 2004, we were appointed the team physicians for the Chicago White Sox.  Each year the fellows travel with us to Tucson, Arizona to attend spring training.  They have also participated in game coverage at Guaranteed Rate Field.  Team physician coverage is provided by multiple attendings.  That year we were also appointed team physicians for the Chicago Bulls basketball team. Team physician coverage is provided by multiple attendings.  In addition, we provide team coverage for the Major League Soccer team, Chicago Fire.

On the collegiate level, we were appointed as the team physicians for the DePaul University Athletic Department (Division I).  One of the sports fellows is assigned to Men’s and Women’s DePaul basketball along with the primary care fellow.

TEAM COVERAGE

Rush Sports Medicine Fellowship provides professional, semi-professional & other team coverage

Professional Team Coverage

  • Chicago White Sox: Dr. Nikhil Verma head physician

  • Chicago Bulls: Dr. Brian Cole head physician

  • Chicago Fire: Dr. Brian Forsythe head physician

Semi-Professional Team Coverage

  • Windy City Bulls: Dr. Adam Yanke head physician

  • Chicago Dogs: Jeremy Alland head physician

Other Team Coverage

  • Chicago Steel

  • Depaul Blue Demons (Division I NCAA)

  • Trinity