Research Highlights

Faculty, trainees and medical students in our department strive for discoveries that have the potential to affect human health. 

We contribute to the advancement of orthopaedics research in a variety of ways:


A total of 37 original research projects from aspiring physician-scientists were on display at the 2018 Medical Student Research Forum.


Department of Orthopaedics researchers have published a study that finds there is no statistically significant difference in clinical outcomes after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy among normal weight and obese patients.


A newly patented technology developed as a collaboration in the departments of Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedics, and Microbiology and Immunology is at the heart of an Office of Naval Research (ONR) grant focused on preventing and treating orthopaedic implant-related infections.


Leslie J. Bisson, MD, has led a study — published in The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery — that challenges a surgical practice used for decades during arthroscopic knee surgery.


Along with his co-authors — including former trainees in the Department of Orthopaedics — Leslie J. Bisson, MD, has won an award from the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine for authoring the “most outstanding clinical paper” to appear in the publication in 2016.

Research that shows activity aids recovery for concussion patients has been adopted by experts in the field.

Keely Boyle, MD, a third-year trainee in the orthopaedic residency program, has been awarded the 2017 American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Resident Research Award.

An observational study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association is part of a growing body of evidence suggesting that long periods of rest may not help concussion patients recover, according to UB researchers.

At the 2017 Medical Student Research Forum, aspiring physician-scientists showcased 46 original research projects they conducted at the University at Buffalo, its partner health care agencies and institutions nationwide.


John J. Leddy, MD, clinical professor of orthopaedics, has received the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s (AMSSM) Best Overall Research Award for determining predictors of recovery from concussion in adolescents.