Message from the Program Director

Leslie J. Bisson, MD.

“Along with other members of the faculty, I’ll train you to provide coverage for NFL and NHL teams as well as UB athletes,” says Leslie J. Bisson, MD, program director.

As a sports medicine fellow, you’ll find that our program will help you master the skills needed to provide top-quality, knowledgeable care to athletes with a broad range of injuries and conditions.

I have directed the sports medicine fellowship since 1999, and I’ve put a great deal of care into the way I run the program. 

Train with us, and you’ll see that our fellowship boasts well-rounded curriculum

You will rotate through ambulatory centers and office settings, and we have hip arthroscopy and shoulder arthroplasty rotations that are unique to our program. If you have a heightened interest in hip and shoulder surgery, we’ll let you spend extra time in these rotations.

The skills you learn in clinical settings will be augmented by our journal club, which is an important component of the fellowship. 

One-of-a-Kind Opportunities

In addition to journal club, we have weekly lectures given by nationally and internationally recognized guest speakers. Each meeting provides a review of critical sports medicine topics and informal discussions between the faculty and fellows.

Thanks to generous support from the late Ralph C. Wilson Jr. — founder and Hall of Fame owner of the Buffalo Bills — and his wife, Mary Wilson, we can provide you with noteworthy opportunities. For instance, their support has let us provide trainees with our Ralph and Mary Wilson Visiting Professor Lecture Series, and it has helped fund an arthroscopy lab that provides you with state-of-the-art surgical training.

Advantageous Training Locale

Not all sports medicine fellowships are situated in cities with two major league sports teams, several other professional teams and a variety of area schools with active collegiate sports programs.

I — along with other members of the faculty — look forward to teaching you how to provide coverage for teams such as the Buffalo Bills, Buffalo Sabres and UB sports, including men’s football and basketball.

Guidance from Seasoned Experts

You’ll have protected time to conduct research in our program, and we’ll guide you as you undertake a research project. We’ll also provide you with financial support to attend a national sports medicine meeting or conference.

Members of our faculty regularly participate in prospective clinical trials, anatomic and biomechanical studies, meta-analyses and other projects. 

Our fellows have published work in prominent journals such as the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine and the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

You’ll work with engaging, experienced faculty members in our fellowship. Our physicians have a wide range of research interests, areas of expertise, patient-care approaches and goals to advance clinical care.

Beyond my responsibilities as director of the fellowship, I am chair of the Department of Orthopaedics, and I am proud of the structured, thoughtful training my faculty members bring to my sports medicine program.

Have a look around our website, and don’t hesitate to contact me with questions.


Leslie J. Bisson, MD, program director

June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD, Professor and Chair of Orthopaedics