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Cole named 2009 NBA Team Physician of the Year

Cole named 2009 NBA Team Physician of the Year

Dr. Brian Cole Dr. Cole

June 2, 2009 – Chicago Bulls Head Team Physician Dr. Brian Cole has been named the 2009 NBA Team Physician of the Year as voted on by the National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA).

"The Bulls organization is proud of our association with Dr. Brian Cole and this award recognizes what we have been keenly aware of the last five years,” stated Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson. “Brian is an outstanding doctor who cares about our players and works extremely hard to give them the best care possible. The entire Chicago Bulls organization congratulates Brian and thanks him for his dedication."

In addition to the award, the NBATA will be making a $1,000 donation to the charity of Dr. Cole’s choice.

“Dr. Cole has been wonderful to work with over the past five seasons,” said Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi. “His demeanor, professionalism and integrity have helped him become one of the most respected doctors in the NBA and we’re fortunate to have him.”

Dr. Cole, a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, has been 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 also the co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox.