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Gary C. Bessette

Orthopaedic Surgeon in Rochester, NY

Dr Gary Bessette is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who has been in practice since 1986. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania and medical school at Dartmouth Medical School. His orthopaedic surgery residency was also at Dartmouth, followed by an additional year of Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of Minnesota. His special interests involve arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder as well as total hip and knee replacement. He pioneered arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery at Rochester General Hospital in 2005 and has continued to refine and improve his techniques.

Dr Bessette feels that his patients benefit from a clear understanding of their condition and treatment options and thus spends significant time and energy to impart that knowledge so his patients can make well-informed decisions. He also deeply appreciates the trust his patients express when they come into his care in the office and in the operating room.

When not at work, he enjoys cooking, sailing with his wife on Lake Ontario and woodworking, building furniture for his home and especially for their four young grandchildren. In addition to his multiple publications in peer-reviewed medical journals, Dr Bessette has contributed short articles to Sail magazine and Fine Woodworking.



  • “The Maquet Procedure: A retrospective Review”

          Bessette, Gary C. and Hunter, Robert E.

          Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 232: 159-167, 1988.

          Presented at 54th Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, San Francisco,

          January 24, 1987.

  • “The Anterior Cruciate Ligament”

         Bessette, Gary C. and Hunter, Robert E.

         Orthopaedics, 13(5): 551-562, 1990.

  • “The Meniscus”

         Bessette, Gary C.

         Orthopaedics, 15(1): 35-42, 1992.


  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

         University of Minnesota

         1989 – 1990

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery

         Dartmouth Medical School

         1992 – 1996

  • Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedics

         University of Rochester School of Medicine

         1995 – 2003

  • Clinical Instructor Rochester Institute of Technology, College of Health Sciences and Technology

         2017 – present


  • Associate Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rochester General Hospital, 2016 – 2020
  • Vice Chair of Credentials Committee, Rochester General Hospital, 2015 – present
  • Chairman of Credentials Committee, Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association (GRIPA), 2018 – present


  • University of Minnesota, Department of Varsity Intercollegiate Athletics, 1989 – 1990
  • St. Paul’s School, Concord, New Hampshire, 1991 – 1995


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