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Brian Forsythe, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon


Brian Forsythe, M.D.

Dr. Forsythe is a board certified Orthopedic Surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive techniques in sports medicine, arthroscopic shoulderknee and elbow surgery, as well as shoulder replacement surgery. His patient care philosophy centers on communication and accessibility. He believes that patients come first in the patient-doctor relationship, and that clinical problem solving begins with careful listening, observation, and examination. Ultimately, the goal is to return patients and athletes to the highest levels of activity and competition through specialized treatments or surgery.

His practice includes arthroscopic shoulder instability, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder replacement surgery. He also focuses on knee ligament reconstruction (ACL/PCL), patellofemoral realignment, resurfacing, cartilage repair, and proximal hamstring tendon surgery. Dr. Forsythe is actively involved in clinical application and investigation of Orthobiologics, including Stem cells and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).  

After graduating from medical school at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Forsythe pursued his surgical training at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgical Residency Program. He then completed subspecialty training in Shoulder and Sports Medicine Surgery at the world-renowned University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine. Dr. Forsythe has since been actively involved in education and surgical training of surgical residents, fellows, and practicing orthopedic surgeons.

Dr. Forsythe is currently Head Orthopedic Officer for the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. He is a team physician for the Chicago White Sox (MLB), and Chicago Bulls (NBA). He is also a team physician for U.S. Soccer, which involves international competitions and travel. His former team coverage includes the Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) Chicago Bears training camp, Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) and the New England Revolution Soccer (MLS). He has provided game coverage for numerous high schools and universities.

In addition to his clinical interests, Dr. Forsythe is actively involved with numerous research activities. He is an Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush and he has authored dozens of scientific publications, book chapters, and abstracts. Furthermore, his work has been presented at national meetings and his manuscripts have been published in the most highly regarded orthopedic journals. He serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and the Orthopedic Journal, Arthroscopy.

Dr. Forsythe’s athletic interests have helped define his career goals. He played Division 1 soccer at Brown University and he still enjoys playing, when not spending time with his wife and growing family.

Practice Emphasis

Medical School

  • University of Pennsylvania


  • Harvard Combined Orthopedic Surgical Residency Program


  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine

Special Procedures

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