Matthew Bessette, M.D.


Dr. Matthew Bessette, M.D..

Orthopaedic Surgeon in Rochester, NY

Dr. Matthew Bessette is an Orthopaedic Surgeon who grew up in the Rochester area and is an alumnus of Pittsford Mendon High School. He graduated from college at the University of Pennsylvania with a major in chemistry and a minor in economics and was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He attended medical school at the University of Virginia where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical Center and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Bessette’s special interests include arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder as well as ligament and tendon repairs and reconstructions. He also specializes in joint replacement surgery of the hip, knee, and shoulder, including direct anterior approach hip replacement. He enjoys repairing fractured and broken bones.

Dr. Bessette believes that it is important to get to know his patients and makes sure that they have the time to attain a clear understanding of their injuries, conditions, and treatment options before proceeding with surgery.

Outside of the office and operating room, Dr. Bessette enjoys spending time with his wife and young children. He continues to enjoy playing ice hockey and outdoor grilling.

Licensure and Certification

  • Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Professional Organizations

Appointments and Positions

  • Question writer for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Clinical Classroom Knowledge Plus Database
  • Clinical Instructor for the Rochester Institute of Technology Physician Assistant Program

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Bessette MC, Westermann RW, Davis A, Farrow L, Hagen MS, Miniaci A, Nickdem R, Parker R, Rosneck J, Saluan P, Spindler KP, Stearns K,          Jones MH. Predictors of Pain and Function Before Knee Arthroscopy. Ortho J Sports Med 2019;7(5).

Westermann RW, Bessette MC, Lynch TS, Rosneck J. Does Closure of the Capsule Impact Outcomes in Hip Arthroscopy? A systematic                  Review of Comparative Studies. Iowa Orth J 2018;38:93-100

Bessette MC, Frisch NC, Kodali P, Jones MH, Miniaci A. Partial Resurfacing for Humeral Head Defects Associated with Recurrent Shoulder            Instability. Orthopedics 2017; 40(6):e996-1003.

Bessette MC, Soloff L, Schickendantz M. Return to Play After Nonoperative Treatment of Type III Acromioclavicular Injury in a Professional              Baseball Player. Ann Sports Med Res 2017; 4(3): 1109.

Bessette MC, Amsdell SL, Giordano BD, Kates SL. The Utility of Post-Operative Radiographs Two Years After Primary Total KneeArthroplasty.        J Arthroplasty 2016;32(1):106-9

Bessette MC, Saluan P. Patellofemoral Pain and Instability in Adolescent Athletes. Sports Med Arthrosc 2016; 24(4):144-9.

Bessette MC, Kenney RJ, Geary MB, Cook PC, Giordano BD. A Novel Iliotibial Band and Gluteus Maximus Tenodesis for the Treatment of              External Coxa Saltans in a Patient with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. J Hip Preservation Surgery 2015; 2(3):316-17

Bessette MC, Mesfin A. Cauda Equina Syndrome Caused by Retained Hemostatic Agents. J Clin Neuroscience 2015;22(9): 1518-20.

Bessette MC,Olsen JR, Mann TR, Giordano BD. Intra-Articular Hip Injections for Lateral Hip Pain.J Hip Preservation Surgery 2014;1(2):71-76.

Bessette MC, Hammert WC. Removal of Plates and Screws from the Diaphyseal Forearm. J Hand Surg Am 2014;39(5):969-72.

Molinari R, Bessette M, Raich AL, Dettori JR, Molinari C. Vertebral Artery Anomaly and Injury in Spinal Surgery. Evid Based Spine Care J                  2014;5(1):16-27.

Hart JM, Bessette M, Choi L, Hogan MV, Diduch D. Sensory Response following Knee Joint Damage in Rabbits. BMC Misculoskelet Disord             2014;15:139.

Book Chapters

Bessette M, Toftoy D, Parker RD, Frank RM. Extensor Mechanism Injuries. In: Miller M, Thompson S (Eds) DeLee & Drez’s OrthopaedicSports          Medicine, 5th Ed. Elsevier, 2019.

Bessette M, Spindler K. Knee Arthroscopy. In: Azar F (Eds) Illustrated Tips and Tricks in Sports Medicine Surgery, 1st Ed. Philadelphia: Wolters          Kluwer, 2018.

Bessette M, Giordano B. Surgical Interventions in Hip and Pelvis Injuries. In: Seidenberg PH, Bowen JD, King DJ (Eds.) The Hip and Pelvis in          Sports Medicine and Primary Care, 2nd Ed. Switzerland: Springer, 2017.

Bessette MC, Gwathmey FW, Miller MD. Knee Instability. IN: O’Connor FG, Casa D, Davis B, St. Pierre P, Sallis RE, Wilder RP (Eds.) ACSM’s          Sports Medicine: Comprehensive Review. China: Lippincott, 20134

Hart JM, Selkow NM, Cosby NL, Bessette MC. Pathophysiology of Low Back Pain, In: Sivananthan S, Sherry E, Warnke P, Miller MD (Eds.)              Mercer’s Textbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma. India: CRC, 2012

Presentations and Lectures

“Surgical Management of Shoulder Instability and the Rotator Cuff.” Orthopedic Surgical Update. Batavia, NY; March 23, 2019

“Sports Physician Examination of the Shoulder – Demonstration.” The Summit: Sports Health Symposium. Clevelan, OH; November 3-5, 2016.

“Predictors of Pain and Function Before Knee Arthroscopy.” Podium presentation at: 23rd Warthog Foundation Meeting; June 19-22, 2019; Durham, NC.

“The cost-effectiveness of radiographic surveillance following primary total knee arthroplasty.” Podium presentation at: 2015 AAOS Annual Meeting; March 23-28, 2015; Las Vegas, NV.

“Idiopathic Congenital Syringomyelia presenting as paraplegia.” Poster presented at: ASIA 40th Anniversary Scientific Meeting; May 6-8, 2013; Chicago, IL.”

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