Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Center of Excellence in Sports Medicine Skills Lab

Training scenarios on our high fidelity arthroscopic simulator mimic situations, problems and complications that are known to occur with patients in real circumstances.

Our laboratory simulates the arthroscopic operating room using realistic synthetic joint models and cadaveric specimens.

Four orthopedic stations feature an operating table, overhead lights and a column from the ceiling supporting all of the utilities that exist in the real operating room.

Our school’s Gross Anatomy Lab, which has a robust anatomical gifts program, supplies specimens for this facility.


We have a virtual reality arthroscopy simulator that brings to life the subtle differences of probing disparate tissues of the joints. It uses a unique cryosectioning technique giving 0.1 mm resolution and employs sophisticated finite element modeling techniques to produce accurate real‐time deformations in response to motion and to instrument manipulation. Desktop phantom devices display the full range of interaction forces associated with the procedures. Training is delivered through movies, text and images.

We are also equipped with instrumentation and technology including:

  • VirtaMed ArthroS FAST module (knee, shoulder and hip virtual reality trainer)
  • C-arm portable fluoroscopy
  • arthroscopy tower
  • arthroscopy hand instruments and tray
  • power hand tools
  • knot tying stations, knee and shoulder phantoms
  • hip and knee surgical instrument trays
  • spine surgery instrumentation trays


With our ability to stream out video from the cameras in our surgical lights, we have the capability to be a training center for residents, fellows and physicians around the world. This technology allows physicians and companies to demonstrate techniques and their products for other medical professionals.


Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
955 Main Street, Suite 7130
Buffalo, NY 14203

Contact Information

Director, Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Center of Excellence in Sports Medicine Skills Lab

Marzo, John

John Marzo, MD

Clinical Professor

Room 7156 955 Main St Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences 955 Main Street Room 7156 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2982; Fax: (716) 829-3945

Email: jmmarzo@buffalo.edu

Arthroscopy Laboratory Technician

Craig S. Howard

477 Biomedical Research Building, UB South Campus, Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5694

Email: cshoward@buffalo.edu

Staff Assistant

Mary T. Bayers-Thering

Staff Assistant

Phone: (716) 906-5900

Email: mb66@buffalo.edu