Michael E. Brage, M.D.

Associate Professor
Program Director, Foot & Ankle Fellowship

University of Illinois, Chicago
Medical School
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of Chicago Hospitals & Clinics, 1986–1987
University of Chicago Hospitals & Clinics, 1987–1991
University of Washington – Advanced Clinical Experience in Foot and Ankle at Harborview Medical Center, 1991–1992
Board Certification
1994, 2004 (recertification)
Diplomat, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)

Dr. Brage is an orthopedic foot and ankle surgeon who sees patients at the Sigvard T. Hansen Foot and Ankle Institute at Harborview Medical Center. He treats all disorders of the foot and ankle including arthritis, tendon ruptures, foot and ankle deformities, acute trauma and fractures, repair of nonunions, total ankle replacements and repair of cartilage lesions.

Patient Care Philosophy

Dr. Brage enjoys the challenge of helping patients with severe foot and ankle deformities, injuries or disease, which limit their ability to lead an active lifestyle. It is rewarding for him to hear from patients following reconstructive or ankle replacement surgery, saying they have been able to resume activities.

Personal Interests

Dr. Brage is an avid softball player and enjoys contemporary rock music.

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Surgeries and Diagnosis

 treat all disorders of the foot and ankle, including:

  • Arthritis (ankle and foot)
  • Tendon ruptures
  • Tendinopathies
  • Foot deformities (flatfoot, cavus feet, equinus problems)
  • Acute trauma and fractures
  • Repair of nonunions
  • Total ankle replacements with prostheses and with fresh allografts
  • Repair of talar cartilage lesions
  • Ankle deformities

Publications (PubMed Listing)

Peer Reviewed Articles:  1) Brage, ME, Hansen ST:  “Traumatic Subluxations/Dislocations of the Peroneal Tendons”:  Foot & Ankle 13(7): 423-31, 1992.
  2) Brage ME, Draganich LF, Pottenger LA, Curran JJ:  “Knee Laxity in Symptomatic Osteoarthritis”: Clinical Orthopaedics 304:184-9, 1994.
  3) Brage ME, Holmes JR, Sangeorzan BJ:  “The Influence of X-ray Orientation on the Metatarsocuneiform Joint Ankle”:  Foot and Ankle International:  15(9): 495-7, 1994.
  4) Brage ME, Bennett CR, Whitehurst JB, Getty PJ, Toledano A:  “Observer Reliability in Ankle Radiographic Measurements”:  Foot & Ankle International:  18(6): 324-9, 1997.
  5) Heller W, Brage ME: “The Effects of Cheilectomy on Dorsiflexion of the First Metatarsophalangeal Joint”:  Foot & Ankle International:  18(12): 803-8, 1997
  6) Waitches G, Rockett MS, Brage ME, Sudakoff G:  Ultrasonographic – “Surgical Correlation of Ankle Tendon Tears”:  Journal of Ultrasound Medicine:  17:249-56, 1998.
  7) Brage ME, Rocket MS, Vraney R, Anderson R, Toledano A:  “Ankle Fracture Classification: A Comparison of Reliability for Three X-ray Views Versus Two”:  Foot & Ankle International: 19(8): 604-12, 1998.
  8) Rockett MS, Brage ME, Waitches G, Sudakoff G:  “Ultrasound versus Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Tendon Abnormalities Around the Ankle”:  Foot & Ankle International:  19(9): 604-12, 1998.
  9) Raines R, Brage ME:  “The Evans Osteotomy:  An Anatomic Study of Structures at Risk”:  Foot & Ankle International:  19(11): 743-7, 1998.
  10) Markarian GG, Armen SK, Brage ME, et al:  “Anterior Tibialis Tendon Ruptures:  An Outcome Analysis of Operative Versus Nonoperative Treatment”:  Foot & Ankle International:  19(12): 792-802, 1998.
  11) Bennet CR, Brage ME, Mass DP:  “Pyoderma Gangrenosum Mimicking Postoperative Infection in the Extremities: A report of two cases”: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: 81-A (7):1013-18, 1999.
  12) Friedman MA, Draganich LF, Toolan B, Brage ME:  “The Effects of Adult Acquired Flatfoot Deformity on Tibiotalar Joint Contact Characteristics”:  Foot & Ankle International:  22(3): 241-46, 2001.
  13) Toolan BC, Quinones VJW, Cunningham BJ, Brage ME:  “An Evaluation of the Use of Retrospectively Acquired Preoperative AOFAS Clinical Rating Scores to Assess Surgical Outcome After Elective Surgery”:  Foot & Ankle International:  22(10): 775-778, 2001.
  14) Botte MJ, D’Lima DD, Meunier MJ, Bruffey JD, Brage ME, Colwell Jr. CW:  “What’s New in Orthopaedic Rehabilitation”:  The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery:  2001 Dec; 83-A (12): 1920-6.
  15) Kim CW, Jamali A, Tontz W Jr, Convery FR, Brage ME, Bugbee W: “Treatment of Post- Traumatic Ankle Arthrosis with Bipolar Tibiotalar Osteochondral Shell Allografts”:  Foot and Ankle International. 2002 Dec; 23(12): 1091-1102.
  16) Geling MC, Pfirrmann CWA, Farooki S, Kim C, Boyd GJ, Aronoff MD, Feng SAK, Jacobson JA, Resnick D, Brage ME:  “Posterior Tibialis Tendon Tears:  Comparison of the Diagnostic Efficacy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Ultrasonography for the Detection of Surgically-Created Longitudinal Tears in Cadavers”:  Journal of Investigational Radiology. 2003 Jan; 38(1): 51–56.
  17) Ostrander RV, Brage ME, Botte MJ: “Residual Bacteria Skin Contamination Following Surgical Preparation in Foot and Ankle Surgery”:  Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2003 Jan; (406): 246-252.
  18) Ostrander RV, Botte MJ, Brage ME:  “Efficacy of Surgical Preparation Solutions in Foot and Ankle Surgery”:  The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery:  2005 May; 87-A (5): 980-985.
  19) Meehan R, McFarlin S, Bugbee W, Brage ME: “Fresh Ankle Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation for Tibiotalar Joint Arthritis”:  Foot & Ankle International: 2005 Oct; 26(10): 793-802.
  20) Ball ST, Jadin K, Allen RT, Schwartz AK, Sah RL, Brage ME:  “Chondrocyte Viability After Intraarticular Calcaneal Fractures in Humans”:  Foot & Ankle International.  2007 June; 28(6): 665-668.
BOOK CHAPTERS / TEXTBOOKS 1) Brage, ME, Larkin, J: “Ankle, Hind-Foot and Mid-Foot Injuries” IN: Sports Medicine: The School Age Athlete. (ed) Reider B, Saunders Publishing, Philadelphia, 1990.
  2) Brage, ME, Leopold, SL: “Anterior Tibial Tendon Ruptures and Subluxation of the Peroneal Tendons” IN: Operative Treatment of the Foot and Ankle.  (ed) Kelikian AS, Appleton Lange, Philadelphia, 1999.
  3) Brage ME, Rieder B: “Lower Leg, Foot, and Ankle” IN: The Orthopaedic Physical Examination.  (ed) Reider B, W.B. Saunders Company, Philadelphia, 1999.
  4) Brage ME: “Ankle and Foot: Trauma” IN: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update 6.  (ed) Beaty JH, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 1999.
  5) Brage, ME: “Disorders of the Subtalar Joint and Tarsus” IN: Oxford Textbook of Orthopaedic Surgery, Saunders, February 2002.
  6) Brage ME, Guest Editor. “Adult Acquired Flat Foot Deformity”: Foot and Ankle Clinics Volume 8, Number 3, September 2003.
  7) Brage, ME, Contributing Author: “Physical Examination, Foot and Ankle”: Musculoskeletal Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, January 2004.
  8) Brage ME, Contributing Author: “Imaging of the Foot and Ankle.  Essentials of Musculoskeletal Imaging”: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, February 2004.
  9) Allen RT, Fricka KB, Brage ME: “Degenerative Joint Disease of the Midfoot and Forefoot” IN: Orthopaedic Surgery Essentials – Foot and Ankle, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia PA, February 2004.
  10) Brage, ME:  “Malleolar Ankle Fractures” IN: Trauma to the Ankle and Foot, Raven, 2005.
  11) Allen RT, Fricka KB, Brage ME: “Degenerative Joint Disease of the Midfoot and Forefoot”:  Musculoskeletal Medicine, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005.
  12) Brage ME, Reider B.  “Lower Leg, Foot, and Ankle” IN: The Orthopaedic Physical Examination, Second Edition, Elsevier Inc, Philadelphia PA, 2005, 247-296.
  13) Schwartz AK, Brage ME, Laughlin RT, Stephen D: “Foot Injuries” IN: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, Trauma 3, (ed) Baumgaertner MR; Tornetta III P, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2005.
  14) Brage M, Robertson CM: “Ankle Arthritis” IN:  Foot & Ankle: Core Knowledge in Orthopaedics, Elsevier Mosby, 2007, p. 177-194.
  15) Brage ME:  “The Surgical Treatment of Rheumatoid Disease of the Ankle and Hindfoot: IN:  Instructional Course Lectures 58, a project of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont IL, 2008
  16) Brage ME, Abidi NA, Neufeld SK, Reese KA, Sabharwal S, Paley D: “Ankle Arthritis” IN: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update - Foot and Ankle 4, (ed) Pinzur MS, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, IL, 2008.
  17) Brage ME, Reese KA: “Allograft Resurfacing of the Tibiotalar Joint” IN: Arthritis & Arthroplasty – The Foot and Ankle, (ed) Coetzee JC; Hurwitz SR, Elsevier Inc, Philadelphia PA, 2010, p. 57-61.
Non-Peer Reviewed Articles 1) Brage ME, Simon MA:  “Evaluation, Prognosis and Medical Management of Metastatic Bone Tumors”:  Orthopaedics:  15(5):589-96, 1992.
  2) Rockett MR, Gentile SC, Gudas CJ, Brage ME, Zygmunt KH:  “The Use of Ultrasonography for the Detection of Retained Wooden Foreign Bodies in the Foot”:  Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery:  34(5):478-84, 1995
  3) Rockett MR, Zygmunt KH, Brage ME:  “The Use of the Synthes 7.3 Cannulated Screw in Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery:  A Preliminary Prospective Study”:  Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery:  36(2):87-94, 1997.
  4) Rockett MR, Brage ME:  “Navicular Body Fractures:  Computerized Tomography Findings and Mechanism of Injury”:  The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery:  36(3):185-91, 1997.
  5) Brage ME:  “Posterior Tibial Tendon Disorders:  Possible Precursor to Severe Flatfoot Deformity”:  Clinical Comment, University of Chicago Press. 8-9, July, 1997.
  6) Brage ME:  “Which Films to Order and When Following Ankle Fracture?”  Musculoskeletal Q and A:  Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine:  14:26, 1997.
  7) Brage ME:  “Degenerative Joint Disease of the Midfoot”:  Foot & Ankle Clinics:  4(2):355-67, 1999.
  8) Faillace JJ, Leopold SS, Brage ME:  “Extended Hindfoot Fusions and Pantalar Fusions-History, Biomechanics, and Clinical Results”:  Foot & Ankle Clinics: 5(4):777-798, 2000.
  9) Botte MJ, Gellman H, Meyer RS, Tafolla SE, Hoenecke HT, Brage ME, Copp SN:  “Local and Regional Anesthesia for the Management of Pain in Orthopaedic Surgery”:  Instructional Course Lectures Vol 50: 9:50. 2000.
  10) Knetsche RP, Leopold SS, Brage ME:  “Inpatient Management of Lower Extremity Amputations”:  Foot & Ankle Clinics:  6(2):229-241, 2001.
  11) Brage ME, Ball ST:  “Surgical Options for Salvage of End Stage Hallux Rigidus”:  Foot & Ankle Clinics. 2002 Mar; 7(1): 49
  12) Tontz W. Bugbee W, Brage ME:  “The Use of Allografts in the Management of Ankle Arthritis”: Foot & Ankle Clinics. 2003 Jun; 8(2): 361–373
  13) Meehan RE, Brage ME: Adult Acquired Flat Foot Deformity.  “Clinical and Radiographic Examination”: Foot & Ankle Clinics. 2003 Sep; 8(3) 431–452.
  14) Brage ME, Tasto JP, Ostrander R, Bugbee W.  “The Diagnosis and Management of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus:  Osteochondral Allograft Update”:  Arthroscopy:  The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, Vol 19, No 10 (December, Suppl 1), 2003:  138-141.
  15) Williams SK, Brage ME: Contributing Author:  “Heel pain – Plantar Fasciitis and Achilles Enthesopathy”: Clinics in Sports Medicine  23(1): 123-144, January 2004.
  16) Brage ME: “Surgical Challenges for Treatment of Large Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus”: Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery 3(1): 23-24, March 2004.
  17) Meehan RE, Brage ME: “Fresh Osteochondral Allografting for Osteochondral Defects of the Talus: A Case Review”: Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery 3(1): 53-61, March 2004.
  18) Schimizzi A, Brage ME:  “Brachymetatarsia”:  Foot & Ankle Clinics:  9(3):555-570, September 2004.
  19) Brage ME, Meehan RE:  “Allografting for Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus”:  Orthopaedic Knowledge Online, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons,, March 2005.
  20) Brage ME, Reese KA:  “Techniques for Large Osteochondral Defects of the Talus”: Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery 8(1): 43-49, March 2009.
  21) Bohay DR, Brage ME, Younger AS: “Surgical Treatment of the Ankle and Foot in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis”: Instructional Course Lectures 58:595-616, 2009.

My current interest is to develop a prosthesis to treat arthritic great toes.

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