One initiative as a result of the gift will be further support of the Ralph & Mary Wilson Sports Medicine Symposium. The symposium serves as an opportunity for visiting professors to address the Western New York orthopaedic community about specialties that will educate and foster discussion among its members.

Thanks to the Wilsons, these lectures will always be free and open to the public.

May 15, 2021

Roy W. Sanders, MD – Chairman of the University of Southern Florida’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, President of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Director of Orthopaedic Trauma Service)

October 1, 2020

Gregg T. Nicandri, MD – Associate Professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Orthopedics’ Divisions of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and Chief Medical Information Officer for URMC

October 29, 2019

Jo A. Hannafin, MD – Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon, Orthopaedic Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery and a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College

May 16, 2019

Asheesh Bedi, MD – Harold and Helen W. Gehring Early Career Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Professor of Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Michigan and MedSport Program

September 27, 2018

Jeffrey N. Katz, MD, MSc- Director of the Orthopaedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Professor of Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery, Director of Scholar Medicine at Harvard Medical School

May 17, 2018
Peter, Millett, MD, MSc – Sports Medicine Surgeon with the Steadman Clinic, Team Physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Association, Consultant to the Montreal Canadiens

January 25, 2018
Timothy Hewett, PhD – Consultant for the Mayo Clinic’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Physiology & Biomedical Engineering, and Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

May 19, 2017
Tim Gabbett, PhD – Applied sport scientist and physiologist from Brisbane, Australia

March 9, 2017
John Marzo, MD – Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, University at Buffalo, Former Medical Director, Buffalo Bills, Former Medical Director, Buffalo Sabres

September 15, 2016
Michael McKee, MD – Professor of Surgery, University of Toronto, Associate Scientist, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

May 18, 2016
Matthew Matava, MD – Head Team Physician for Washington University Athletics, Team Physician for the St. Louis Blues, Head Team Physician for the St. Louis Rams

October 29, 2015
Michael Maloney, MD – Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Rochester Medical Center, Division Chief, Sports Medicine, Shoulder & Elbow, University of Rochester Medical Center, Team Physician, Rochester Red Wings

May 14, 2015
George Paletta, MD – Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, Medical Director/Head Team Physician for the St. Louis Cardinals

May 1, 2014
Scott Rodeo, MD – Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College, Associate Team Physician for the New York Giants

October 24, 2013
Steven Arnoczky, DVM – Director of Michigan State University’s Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research

October 17, 2013
Christian Gerber, MD – Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Zurich, Medical Director and Head of Surgery

April 25, 2013
Robert B. Anderson, M.D. – Team Physician for the NFL Carolina Panthers, Foot & Ankle Surgeon at the OrthoCarolina Foot & Ankle Institute

November 29, 2012
William C. Meyers, M.D. – A pioneer in the diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of core muscle injuries, also known as athletic pubalgia or sports hernia

September 20, 2012
Thomas Gill, M.D. – Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Director of the Harvard/MGH Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, Medical Director of the New England Patriots; Team Physician for the Boston Bruins

June 4, 2012
Bruce Reider, M.D., the Editor in Chief of the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Professor of Surgery (Emeritus), and Director of Sports Medicine, University of Chicago Hospitals, visited Buffalo last week as the Ralph & Mary Wilson Visiting Professor

October 20, 2011
Dr. Freddie Fu – Ralph & Mary Wilson Series lecture
Freddie H. Fu, M.D., from the University of Pittsburgh, gave a didactic lecture on the anatomy of the human ACL, making comparison to other primate and mammalian ACL anatomy

March 31, 2011
Dr. Bryan Kelly delivers second Wilson Series lecture

Bryan Kelly, M.D. from The Hospital for Special Surgery and New York Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell Medical College, spoke on the anatomy and pathoanatomy of the hip and pelvis, and the clinical history and physical findings in athletes with hip and pelvic conditions

January 6, 2011
Brian J. Cole, M.D., M.B.A.

Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration Orthopedic Surgeon
Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
Professor, Department of Orthopaedics, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology; Section Head, Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Cole is a Professor in the Department of Orthopedics with a conjoint appointment in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. In 2011, he was appointed as Chairman of Surgery at Rush Oak Park Hospital. He is the Section Head of the Cartilage Research and Restoration Center at Rush University Medical Center, a multidisciplinary program specializing in the treatment of arthritis in young active patients. He also serves as the head of the Orthopedic Master’s Program and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine and research. He lectures nationally and internationally, and through his basic science and clinical research has developed several innovative techniques for the treatment of shoulder, elbow and knee conditions. He has published more than 1,000 articles and has published 5 widely read textbooks in orthopedics.