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Leslie J. Bisson researches common knee injuries, provides care to pro athletes and directs UB’s sports medicine fellowship, among other responsibilities.

Sports Medicine, Surgical Expert to Chair UB Orthopaedics Department

Published August 30, 2013

Leslie J. Bisson, MD, has been named the University at Buffalo’s inaugural June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD Professor and chair of orthopaedics.

Bisson, who joined UB’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2007, began his new role Aug. 1.

Bisson serves as medical director and team orthopaedic surgeon for the Buffalo Sabres, team physician and orthopaedic consultant for the Buffalo Bills and medical director for the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Research Aims to Improve Cartilage Lesion Treatment

Bisson’s research, education and clinical interests include anterior cruciate ligament injuries, maximizing the strength of soft tissue repairs and techniques to optimize rotator cuff healing.

He is leading a multi-surgeon prospective randomized clinical trial to determine the best treatment for cartilage lesions encountered during arthroscopic treatment of meniscal tears, a common knee injury.

Bisson has lectured nationally and internationally and published dozens of peer-reviewed articles. He serves on the editorial boards of the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy and Operative Techniques in Sports Medicine.

Sports Medicine Specialist Cares for Pro Athletes

Bisson also directs UB’s orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship and provides medical care to professional and collegiate athletes.

He serves as medical director and team orthopaedic surgeon for the Buffalo Sabres, team physician and orthopaedic consultant for the Buffalo Bills and medical director for the World Junior Hockey Championships.

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Bisson is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the NFL Physicians Society and the NHL Team Physicians Society.

Johns Hopkins MD Graduated Top of Class

A native of Minneapolis, Bisson received his medical degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating at the top of his class.

He completed a general surgery internship at The Johns Hopkins Hospital and an orthopaedic surgical residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He also completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.

He was a partner at Northtowns Orthopaedics until 2006.

Med School Expansion Continues

Bisson brings to 12 the number of new chairs or chair-level appointees named by Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean of the UB medical school, since 2008.

These hires are among 100 planned positions that will help fulfill the medical school’s strategic vision.

State support, including funds provided through Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s NYSUNY 2020 legislation, is enabling UB to pursue the next phase of its UB 2020 strategic plan.