Leslie Bisson, MD.

Leslie J. Bisson, MD, was senior author on research that was selected for the 2017 Douglas W. Brown Award for Best Review Paper.

Orthopaedics Chair and Former Trainees Honored for Best Paper

Published July 21, 2017 This content is archived.

story by alexandra edelblute

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.


The researchers received the 2017 Douglas W. Brown Award for Best Review Paper for “A Systematic Summary of Systematic Reviews on the Topic of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament,” which was published in March of 2016.

Paper is Single Source for ACL-Related Information

Bisson, who is the June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD, professor and chair of orthopaedics, says: “The paper is important because it gives health care providers a single source for the most up-to-date synthesis of the literature on the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) — a key subject for orthopaedic surgeons.”

The study quantifies the number of systematic reviews and meta-analyses published about the ACL over the past decade, and it provides a summary of this literature.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses provide the latest information on various topics by bringing together all of the available evidence using rigorous methods; they help physicians stay current on the most evidence-based findings. However, Bisson and his co-authors observed that as more systematic reviews and meta-analyses are published, it is challenging for physicians to stay abreast of these studies. 

Because ACL injury is among the most researched areas of sports medicine literature, the researchers recognized the need for a resource that would help people stay current with the growing body of literature on the ACL. To fill this need, they authored their award-winning paper.

Analyzing a Decade’s Worth of Systematic Reviews

Bisson and his co-authors used search engines such as PubMed, Medline and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews to find and analyze all ACL-related systematic reviews and meta-analyses published between January 2004 and September 2014.

They found a total of 1031 articles, and 240 met their criteria for inclusion in the paper.

They summarized and divided the articles into 17 topics, including: anatomy, arthritis, associated injuries, computer-assisted surgery, diagnosis, epidemiology, operative versus nonoperative management, outcomes assessment, prevention, rehabilitation and surgical technique.

The study was funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, which has has made large gifts that help support University at Buffalo orthopaedics training and further research and patient care.

Residency Gave Beneficial Opportunities for Research

Three of Bisson’s four co-authors are former trainees in the Department of Orthopaedics.

Christopher E. Urband, MD, completed UB’s orthopaedic residency in 2016. Urband, who was mentored by Bisson, worked on the paper during his residency training.

Urband says UB’s residency offered him beneficial opportunities to conduct research and co-author papers. Moreover, he says that the orthopaedic residency thoroughly prepared him for his sports medicine fellowship at TRIA Orthopaedic Center in Minnesota.

When Urband completes his fellowship training at the end of the month, he will move to San Diego to practice at Torrey Pines Orthopaedic Medical Group.

Co-authors Michael J. Anderson, MD, and William M. Browning III, DO, completed UB’s orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship in 2015. Anderson is now practicing at the Kennedy Center at Mercy Medical Center in Wisconsin, and Browning practices at Charleston Area Medical Center Physicians Group in West Virginia.

Melissa A. Kluczynski, research coordinator in the Department of Orthopaedics, is also a co-author.

Former Trainee Accepted Award at National Meeting

Urband accepted the 2017 Douglas W. Brown Award for Best Review Paper at the annual meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) on July 20 in Toronto.

The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine is a publication of the AOSSM, a society of more than 3,000 orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals who demonstrate scientific leadership, involvement and dedication in the daily practice of sports medicine.