Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Bryson P. Lesniak, MD

  • Associate Professor

Bryson Lesniak, MD, is a UPMC orthopaedic surgeon and team physician for the University of Pittsburgh, including men’s basketball and men’s and women’s soccer teams. He also serves as the head team physician for Carnegie Mellon University athletics. 

Dr. Lesniak is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine. He previously practiced and taught at the University of Miami, where he served as the team physician for the Miami Marlins professional baseball franchise and the University of Miami athletics. He has additionally served as a traveling physician for U.S. Soccer developmental teams.

Dr. Lesniak’s primary clinical and research interests include sports related injuries of the shoulder and knee, including shoulder instability, rotator cuff injury and complex knee cartilage and ligamentous injuries. He is an author of over 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts, numerous book chapters, as well as the co-editor of Master Techniques in Orthopedics: Sports Medicine, 2nd Edition textbook, and editor of the journal Operative Techniques in Orthopedics

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH
  • Residency: University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Pittsburgh, PA

Representative Publications

  1. Li RT, Sheean A, Wilson K, Sa D, Kane G, Lesniak B, Lin A. Decreased Glenoid Retroversion is a Risk Factor for Failure of Primary Arthroscopic Bankart Repair in Individuals with Subcritical Bone Loss Versus No Bone Loss. Arthroscopy. 2020 Dec 8;. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2020.11.055. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33307148.
  2. Sheean AJ, Lian J, Tisherman R, Meredith SJ, de Sa D, Lynch A, Lesniak BP, Musahl V. Augmentation of Anatomic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction With Lateral Extra-articular Tenodesis Does Not Significantly Affect Rotatory Knee Laxity: A Time Zero, In Vivo Kinematic Analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2020 Dec;48(14):3495-3502. doi: 10.1177/0363546520966624. Epub 2020 Nov 11. PubMed PMID: 33176107.
  3. Judy RP, Talentino S, Bedi A, Lesniak BP. Ten Years of Sports Health: Authorship Characteristics and Levels of Evidence. Sports Health. 2020 Nov/Dec;12(6):573-578. doi: 10.1177/1941738120922163. Epub 2020 Jul 6. PubMed PMID: 32628560.
  4. Svantesson E, Hamrin Senorski E, Webster KE, Karlsson J, Diermeier T, Rothrauff BB, Meredith SJ, Rauer T, Irrgang JJ, Spindler KP, Ma CB, Musahl V. Clinical outcomes after anterior cruciate ligament injury: panther symposium ACL injury clinical outcomes consensus group. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020 Aug;28(8):2415-2434. doi: 10.1007/s00167-020-06061-x. Epub 2020 Aug 6. Review. PubMed PMID: 32767052; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC7429530.
  5. Meredith SJ, Rauer T, Chmielewski TL, Fink C, Diermeier T, Rothrauff BB, Svantesson E, Hamrin Senorski E, Hewett TE, Sherman SL, Lesniak BP; Panther Symposium ACL Injury Return to Sport Consensus Group. Return to sport after anterior cruciate ligament injury: Panther Symposium ACL Injury Return to Sport Consensus Group. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020 Aug;28(8):2403-2414. doi: 10.1007/s00167-020-06009-1. Epub 2020 Apr 28. PubMed PMID: 32347344.
  6. Novaretti JV, Arner JW, Chan CK, Polamalu S, Harner CD, Debski RE, Lesniak BP. Does Lateral Extra-articular Tenodesis of the Knee Affect ACL Graft In Situ Forces and Tibiofemoral Contact Pressures? Arthroscopy. 2020 Feb 11. pii: S0749-8063(20)30133-X. 
  7. de Sa D, Crum RJ, Rabuck S, Ayeni O, Bedi A, Baraga M, Getgood A, Kaar S, Kropf E, Mauro C, Peterson D, Vyas D, Musahl V, Lesniak BP. The REVision Using Imaging to Guide Staging and Evaluation (REVISE) in ACL Reconstruction Classification. J Knee Surg. 2019 Sep 30. 
  8. de Sa D, Arakgi ME, Lian J, Crum RJ, Lin A, Lesniak BP. Labral Repair Versus Biceps Tenodesis for Primary Surgical Management of Type II Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior Tears: A Systematic Review. Arthroscopy. 2019 Jun;35(6):1927-1938.
  9. Lesniak BP, Baraga MG, Jose J, Smith MK, Cunningham S, Kaplan LD. Glenohumeral findings on magnetic resonance imaging correlate with innings pitched in asymptomatic pitchers. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Sep;41(9):2022-7.
  10. Baraga MG, Smith MK, Tanner JP, Kaplan LD, Lesniak BP. Anterior cruciate ligament injury and access to care in South Florida: does insurance status play a role? J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Dec 19;94(24):e183.