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Geoffrey                       Bernas

Geoffrey A. Bernas MD

Department of Orthopaedics

Clinical Assistant Professor

Specialty/Research Focus

Adolescent Sports Medicine; Arthroscopic Surgery; General Orthopaedics; Hip Arthroscopy; Knee Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery; Shoulder Surgery; Sports Medicine

Professional Summary:

As a physician specializing in orthopaedics and sports medicine, I focus on a combination of advanced nonoperative and operative techniques to treat injuries in patients of all ages and activity levels. My emphasis is on eliminating pain, preserving joints and restoring function so that my patients can return to their normal activity levels safely and as soon as possible. When surgery is necessary, I use advanced arthroscopic techniques for shoulder, hip and knee reconstruction. I continually try to refine and develop new techniques so that my patients always receive the best possible care.

My practice extends outside of the operating room and clinic. I care for athletes at community, high school, college, professional and international sports events, on the sidelines, immediately after their injuries occur. By direct interaction with athletes, “weekend warriors,” parents, coaches and administrators, I help amateur and professional teams, schools and colleges provide safe environments for competition, prevent injury of their athletes and allow for the safe recovery of injured athletes.

My research interests include collaboration and multicenter studies to elucidate the best method of treatment for orthopaedic conditions such as the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), rotator cuff and sports-related hip problems. I am also very interested in developing a better systems approach to musculoskeletal problems in order to provide highly effective patient-centered health care.

I mentor and help develop current and future orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine specialists, doctors, physician assistants, athletic trainers and other health care providers. My students are exposed to a worldwide perspective due to my extensive training with many of the thought leaders and physicians in orthopaedics and sports medicine. My commitment to compassion and excellence in patient care and an evidence-based approach to treatment sets an example for my trainees so they can be effective health care providers in the Western New York community and around the world.

Education and Training:
  • Fellowship, AOSSM Herodicus Society (2007)
  • Fellowship, University of Michigan (2007)
  • Residency, University at Buffalo (2006)
  • MD, State University of New York Upstate Medical School (2001)
  • BS, Biology, Canisius College, Summa Cum Laude (1997)
  • Team Physician, Rochester Americans (2015-present)
  • Assistant Team Physician/Orthopaedic Consultant, Buffal Bandits National Lacrosse League (2010-present)
  • Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, State University of New York at Buffalo (2007-present)
  • Supervising Physician, Erie Community College (2007-present)
  • Orthopaedic Consultant, World Junior Women‘s U18 International Ice Hockey Federation Championships (2015)
  • Team Physician/Orthopaedic Consultant, Jamestown Ironmen Junior Ice Hockey Team (NAHL) (2010–2013)
  • Orthopaedic Consultant, World Junior Men's U20 International Ice Hockey Federation Championship (2010–2011)
  • Orthopaedic Consultant, Circque de Soleil (2010)
Awards and Honors:
  • O'Donooghue Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2014)
  • Excellence in Research, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2008)

Grants and Sponsored Research:
  • January 2011–January 2015
    Ralph and Mary Wilson Research Foundation
    Ralph and Mary Wilson Research Foundation
    Role: Co-Investigator

Journal Articles:
  • Bisson LJ, Komm JT, Bernas GA, Fineberg MS, Marzo JM, Rauh MA, Smolinski RJ, Wind WM. How Accurate Are Patients at Diagnosing the Cause of Their Knee Pain With the Help of a Web-based Symptom Checker? Orthop J Sports Med. 2016; 4(2).
  • Bisson LJ, Komm JT, Bernas GA, Fineberg MS, Marzo JM, Rauh MA, Smolinski RJ, Wind WM. Accuracy of a computer-based diagnostic program for ambulatory patients with knee pain. Am J Sports Med. 2015; 42(10).
  • Kluczynski MA, Marzo JM, Rauh MA, Bernas GA, Bisson LJ. Sex-Specific Predictors of Intra-articular Injuries Observed During Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Orthop J Sports Med. 2015; 3(2).
  • Bernas GA, Matava MJ, Arciero RA, Baumgarten KM, Carey JL, DeBeradino TM, Hame SL, Hannafinn JA, Miller BD, Nissen CW, Taft TN, Wolf BR, Wright RW. Multirater Agreement of the Causes of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Failure: A Radiographic and Video Analysis of the MARS Cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2014.
  • Bernas GA. Effect of graft choice on the outcome of revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) Cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2014.
  • Bernas GA, Wright RW. Osteoarthritis Classification Scales: Interobserver Reliability and Arthroscopic Correlation. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2014.
  • Bernas GA. Radiographic findings in revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions from the Mars cohort. J Knee Surg. 2013.
  • Bernas GA, Morgan JA, Dahm D, Levy B, Stuart MK. Femoral tunnel malposition in ACL revision reconstruction.. J Knee Surg. 2012.
  • Bernas GA. Descriptive epidemiology of the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2012.
  • Bernas GA, Brophy RH, Wright RW, David TS, McCormack RG, Sekiya JK, Svoboda SJ, Huston LJ, Haas AK, Steger-May K. Association between previous meniscal surgery and the incidence of chondral lesions at revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.. Am J Sports Med. 2012.
  • Bernas GA, Ruberte Thiele RA, Kinnaman KA, Hughes RE, Miller BS, Carpenter JE. Defining safe rehabilitation for ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction of the elbow: a biomechanical study Am J Sports Med. 2009; 37(12).
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Books and Book Chapters:
  • Bernas GA. Management of Acute Knee Dislocations Before Surgical Intervention. Noyes‘ Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes. 2009.

Professional Memberships:
  • American Medical Association (2010–present)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (2006–present)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (2006–present)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Fellow (2001–present)
  • "Biomechanical Comparison of Distal Femoral Fixation Techniques in Osteoporotic Bone" New York State Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Symposium 2005
  • "Computer Assisted Cadaveric Analysis of Tibial Tunnel Lengths in ACL Surgery: A Rationale for Computer Assistance in ACL Reconstruction" 6th Annual CAOS Meeting 2006
  • "Pull-out Strength of the Proximal Long Head of the Biceps Brachii and Biomechanical Comparison of Five Tenodesis Techniques" AOSSM Annual Meeting 2004
  • "Pull-out Strength of the Proximal Long Head of the Biceps Brachii and Biomechanical Comparison of Five Tenodesis Techniques" Orthopaedic Research Society 2005

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5959 Big Tree Road
Suite 108
Orchard Park, NY 14127
Phone: (716) 204-3200

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