Bisson Installed as Mindell Professor, Chair of Orthopaedics

UB President Satish K. Tripathi with Leslie J. Bisson, MD, and Michael E. Cain, MD.

Sports medicine and surgical expert Leslie J. Bisson, MD (center) was installed during a ceremony led by Michael E. Cain, MD (right) and Satish K. Tripathi.

Published December 18, 2013 This content is archived.

Story by Alexandra Edelblute

Leslie J. Bisson, MD, has been installed as the inaugural June A. and Eugene R. Mindell, MD Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics.


The November ceremony was presided over by UB President Satish K. Tripathi and Michael E. Cain, MD, vice president for health sciences and dean, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Multiple Roles and Research Interests

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

He holds a number of roles, including director of UB’s orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship; medical director and team orthopaedic surgeon for the Buffalo Sabres; and team physician and orthopaedic consultant for the Buffalo Bills. 

Bisson, who has lectured nationally and internationally and published dozens of peer-reviewed articles, joined the department in 2007.

Lecture on Improving Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

Following his installation, Bisson gave the lecture “Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears: Where Are the Opportunities?”

During his talk, which centered on surgical approaches and repair techniques for rotator cuff tears, he emphasized that tendons often heal slowly after current treatments.

Bisson presented data showing opportunities to improve rotator cuff repair surgery. He asserted that future methods may focus on strengthening the suture-tendon interface, which will accelerate the healing process.

Eugene R. Mindell, MD, Led UB Orthopaedics Program

Eugene R. Mindell, MD, who completed his medical degree and residency at the University of Chicago, went on to chair UB’s Department of Orthopaedics from 1964 to 1988. 

Mindell has published nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals, authored several book chapters and was a visiting professor at more than 30 universities around the globe. 

He has held roles in various professional associations and societies, including director and president of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Mindell is credited with initiating the board’s current certifying process for orthopaedic surgeons.

His use of bone pathology to study musculoskeletal injuries and diseases enabled him to become an oral board examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons for more than 40 years.

He has received numerous awards, including the UB medical school Dean’s Award and distinguished service awards from the University of Chicago and the Erie County Medical Society.