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Faculty Profiles

Geoffrey, Bernas
Bernas, Geoffrey, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: gabernas@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 204-3200

Specialty/Research Focus:
Adolescent Sports Medicine; Arthroscopic Surgery; General Orthopaedics; Hip Arthroscopy; Knee Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery; Shoulder Surgery; Sports Medicine

Research 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.

Leslie, Bisson
Bisson, Leslie, MDJune A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD, Professor and Chair Department of Orthopaedics
Email: ljbisson@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 204-3255

Specialty/Research Focus:
Arthroscopic Surgery; Knee Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery; Shoulder Surgery; Sports Medicine

Research Summary:
As the June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, I’m committed to our mission of compassionate care, innovative research, and collaborative education. I joined UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in 2007, and became Chair in 2013. I serve as the Team Physician for both the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres, and Team Orthopedist for Buffalo State College. My practice is primarily located at the University Orthopaedic Center in Amherst, New York. I’m highly committed to outstanding clinical care, and strive to provide the most advanced operative and non-operative treatment of orthopaedic sports medicine conditions, using scientifically proven methods, delivered in an empathetic and caring fashion. I intend to strengthen our department’s tradition of excellent clinical training in a team atmosphere, and to grow our research program, especially by using validated outcomes instruments to improve care. In addition to my responsibilities as Chair, I have been the Sports Medicine Fellowship Director since 1999, and enjoy teaching fellows, residents, medical students, and other learners in the clinic, OR, and as a research mentor, and welcome leadership mentoring opportunities. The questions and experiences we share motivate me in the lifelong learning process. My research interests include prospective comparative studies to determine the best methods of orthopaedic care, systematic reviews and meta-analyses to disclose findings which may only become apparent after analysis of pooled data, and anatomic/biomechanical studies that can be put to immediate use to improve patient outcomes.

Jeremy, Doak
Doak, Jeremy, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: jdoak@buffalo.edu
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Specialty/Research Focus:
Hip Arthroscopy; Pediatric Orthopaedics; Sports Medicine

Research Summary:
As a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, my clinical expertise is the treatment of pediatric orthopaedic trauma and general pediatric orthopaedics. My aim is to ensure that all the children under my medical care are able to participate in a physically active lifestyle, because the benefits of a healthy musculoskeletal system translate into overall physical and emotional health. I am also clinically active in hip preservation through arthroscopy and reconstruction/osteotomy. I have a special interest in idiopathic and neuromuscular scoliosis as well. I perform surgery at the Women and Children’s Hospital, and I practice at the UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine clinics, on Harlem Rd. and in Orchard Park. I have active research in a number of areas. In conjunction with residents interested in pediatric orthopaedics, I am studying incidence of benign bone lesions, treatment of open fractures, tarsal coalition, treatment of pediatric femur fractures and rod bending in scoliosis surgery. I am also part of a team developing a pediatric fracture database at the Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. We are collecting fracture data that will allow physicians to critically evaluate treatment protocols and ultimately improve the delivery of fracture care for children. Additionally, I am developing a scoliosis surgery pathway as a quality improvement project. The goal of all my research is to examine the care of patients in order to improve outcomes. I train medical students and orthopaedics residents with an emphasis on collaborative thinking and discussion. I also welcome residents interested in pediatric orthopaedics to conduct research with me. Teaching, mentoring and conducting research with up-and-coming surgeons facilitates the development of new ideas and methods to improve medical care, not only to the children of Western New York, but to children throughout the world via our published research.

Marc, Fineberg
Fineberg, Marc, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: msf5@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 204-3200

Specialty/Research Focus:
Arthroscopic Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery; Sports Medicine

Research Summary:
As Chief of Sports Medicine and Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics I am dedicated to the delivery of scientifically supported and innovative treatments for musculoskeletal problems associated with an active lifestyle. I joined UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 1999. I serve as team physician for the Buffalo Bills (NFL), Buffalo Sabres (NHL), and University at Buffalo Athletics. I am Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery with a Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. My clinical practice includes office-based evaluations, surgery, and sports team care. Office-based care is provided at University Orthopaedic Centers in Amherst and Orchard Park, New York. I focus on the prevention, diagnosis, and personalized non-operative and operative treatments of orthopaedic sports medicine related problems. I specialize in arthroscopic knee and shoulder reconstruction and advanced techniques for major tendon and ligament repairs. My team care involves regular emergency preparedness and training room sessions along with extensive game coverage. I take great pride in all aspects of my practice and strive for those under my care to return to a full and painless lifestyle. I enjoy teaching orthopaedic surgery residents and fellows, primary care sports medicine fellows, medical students, physician assistants, athletic trainers and physical therapists. I am active in all of the orthopaedic departments’ educational modes such as lecturing, journal clubs, role modeling in the office, training in surgical techniques, course organization, community outreach, and research mentoring. My research interests have involved anatomic, biomechanical, and comparative clinical trials related to my specific areas of interest.

John, Leddy
Leddy, John, MDClinical Professor
Email: leddy@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 204-3200

Specialty/Research Focus:
Concussion; Sports Medicine; Sports Medicine - Internal Medicine

Research Summary:
As a primary care sports medicine physician, my goal is to provide the best evidence-based evaluation and treatment practices to patients with concussion and post-concussion syndrome and to conduct clinical and physiological research on these conditions. I currently serve as medical director of the University at Buffalo Concussion Management Clinic, which is located at UB South Campus. This is the first center in the United States to use a standardized treadmill test to establish recovery from concussion and to use exercise in the rehabilitation of patients with prolonged concussion symptoms. I’m also the director of outcomes research for the Department of Orthopaedics and program director for the UB Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship. My primary research interest is the investigation of the basic mechanisms of the disturbance of whole body physiology in concussion and how to help to restore the physiology to normal to help patients recover to safely return to activity and sport. I have published in the fields of orthopedics, sports medicine, physiology, nutrition, concussion and post-concussion syndrome. As a professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Internal Medicine, and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, I enjoy educating the next generation of physicians. I am proud to say that the educational experience at UB exposes young physicians to exceptional patient care based upon the latest research and that their experience is informed and enhanced by immersion in the research experience itself.

John, Marzo
Marzo, John, MDClinical Professor
Email: jmmarzo@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 829-2982

Specialty/Research Focus:
General Orthopaedics; Sports Medicine

Research Summary:
My clinical practice has recently changed from traditional arthroscopic and sports related orthopedic surgery to focus on non-operative sports medicine and orthopedics. While I will still see patients with problems and complaints across the musculoskeletal spectrum, I will focus on problems of the shoulder and the knee, referring to my surgical partners when necessary. The time gained from no longer going to the operating room will be used to expand my roles as a teacher and a clinical researcher. Teaching is a major focus of mine, as I have coordinated and written a curriculum for instruction in the Department of Orthopedics Arthroscopy Lab for the last 8 years. I plan on expanding that role by increasing the time spent with the residents and fellows, and by formalizing the first week of each rotation so trainees can ramp up their skills away from the pressure of the operating room. This should improve the level of knowledge, and enhance the efficiency and speed of our students with respect to arthroscopic anatomy, and acquisition of the psychomotor skills required for surgical arthroscopy. Through a generous philanthropic gift, we were able to purchase a virtual reality arthroscopic surgery simulator. We have now trained four years of resident classes on the simulator, and continue to upgrade the system’s hardware and software. I teach an upper level fourth year medical school course – Anat 801 Clinical Musculoskeletal Anatomy in the spring of each academic calendar. My research interests in the basic sciences relate to the biomechanics of the shoulder and the knee, with the most recent project sponsored by Carestream Health to investigate the advantages of a new prototype portable 3D cone beam CT scanner. I participate in the Department’s largest clinical trial investigating the relationship of a surgical chondroplasty to clinical outcome when performed or withheld during arthroscopic meniscal surgery. I am active in pursuing clinical questions that can be answered by statistical review of our practice’s ACL database, or by performing metaanalysis on the literature regarding rotator cuff tear. I serve on a committee that supervises and reviews the research projects of our Department’s Orthopedic Residents in training. I have also advised PhD candidates seeking advanced degrees in the Departments of Exercise Science and Anthropology. I am very fulfilled by participating in the above – the three pillars of activity – clinical medicine, teaching, and research.

Michael, Rauh
Rauh, Michael, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: mrauh@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 204-3200

Specialty/Research Focus:
Arthroscopic Surgery; Orthopaedic Surgery; Sports Medicine

Research Summary:
I care for patients with various orthopaedic conditions by maximizing the nonsurgical options available for treatment. In cases where nonsurgical options will not help return my patients to full function, I perform surgery. I focus my surgical practice on outpatient arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and knee, including but not limited to arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs, labral reconstructions following shoulder dislocations, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions and knee cartilage procedures involving the meniscus. I help my patients make informed decisions about their health. I also help them understand the expectations for recovery that come with each treatment option—as well as what will be required of them to recover function. I am dedicated to improving the lives of my patients through compassionate, high quality medical care. My research projects directly support my patient care. They include flexible reaming technology in ACL reconstructions, biomechanics of ACL reconstructions and outcomes of rotator cuff repairs in elderly patients. The goal of this research is to improve the outcomes of patients undergoing orthopaedic surgery and receiving treatment for the multitude of musculoskeletal conditions. Medical students and UB college students interested in careers in orthopaedics may collaborate with me through the UBMD Orthopaedics Summer Research Program or by contacting my office. I foster a hands-on approach for students who conduct research with me, so that they can decide whether research is a career path they want to pursue. I teach musculoskeletal evaluation and management skills to medical students, residents and fellows. I have taught the musculoskeletal Clinical Practice of Medicine (CPM) course for second-year medical students every year since 2007. Since musculoskeletal care is often focused on nonsurgical treatments as a way for patients to improve, I teach students how to assess patients’ capacity for, and commitment to getting better, and to manage patients’ expectations for recovery. I also teach courses on orthopaedic surgery. I have worked with industry to teach orthopaedic surgeons around the world to perform ACL surgery more efficiently and safely. I also have helped develop new instrumentation and techniques for ACL surgery. As a UB faculty member, I teach at the bedside, in the operating room, in the office and in the physical therapy clinic. My students actively participate in their learning, together with me, in each of these venues.

Robert, Smolinski
Smolinski, Robert, MDClinical Associate Professor
Email: smolinsk@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 204-3200

Specialty/Research Focus:
Orthopaedic Surgery; General Orthopaedics; Sports Medicine

Research Summary:
Since joining UB’s Department of Orthopaedics in 1991, my passion has been caring for athletes. This passion continues today providing medical and orthopeadic care to the UB Bulls as their head team physician. Though I am now focused on the nonoperative care of competitive and recreational athletes, I also care for the orthopaedic injuries of adolescent, adult and elderly patients. My specific expertise is in shoulder and knee injuries. I see patients at UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine at BrookBridge in Orchard Park. I also see patients and perform surgery at the Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC). Here, I typically care for our injured veterans who selflessly served our country. My philosophy in caring for patients is this: whether on the athletic field or battlefield, or in the arena of daily life, patients of every age should feel that they are being cared for by a physician that wants to get them back in the game of life, fully functional, as quickly as possible. I strive to deliver this kind of high quality, patient-focused medical care to every patient I see. Teaching, mentoring and volunteering are also passions of mine. I continue to volunteer with The Hope For Tommorrow Foundation traveling yearly to impoverished countries on surgical missions. At UB, I lecture on the musculoskeletal system, and I work with orthopaedic residents and fellows, nurse practitioner and physician assistant students during their clinical rotations. I believe that training the doctors of tomorrow is a significant way I can give back to the community I was raised in.

William, Wind
Wind, William, MDClinical Assistant Professor
Email: win@buffalo.edu
Phone: (716) 204-9463

Specialty/Research Focus:
Orthopaedic Surgery; Sports Medicine; Arthroscopic Surgery

Research Summary:
My clinical practice focuses on comprehensive treatment of knee and shoulder conditions. I returned back to my hometown in 2003 to join UBMD Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. I am currently a clinical assistant professor and full-time faculty member at the University at Buffalo. I chose the subspecialty of sports medicine because it allows me to return patients to a healthy, active lifestyle through diagnosis and treatment. My practice spans Western New York with offices in Orchard Park, Amherst and Niagara Falls. Surgical procedures are performed in Niagara Falls and Amherst, where I’m the clinical chief of orthopaedics at the Ambulatory Surgery Center. My patient population ranges from adolescents to adults and athletes from the weekend-warrior to the elite, professional athlete. I am currently the head team physician for University at Buffalo as well as head orthopaedist for NCCC. My surgical interests include ligament (ACL) reconstruction and meniscal work in the knee and rotator cuff, and instability in the shoulder. As director of the WNY Cartilage Restoration Center, I have a particular interest in knee cartilage preservation and restoration. The latest surgical technical advances and innovative research has allowed the center to provide the highest quality care for patients with injury and aging of the knee’s articular cartilage. My full-time academic appointment and affiliation with UBMD has allowed me to remain active in the teaching and learning environment. I feel this has allowed me to provide my patients with the highest level of care. My research efforts include studying the effects of different types of treatment options for both articular and meniscus cartilage injuries. I am fortunate to be a part of the UBMD Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine group of physicians and to practice in my hometown. I enjoy being a part of the community and participating in the care of patients through the continuum of prevention, treatment and recovery of their injuries.