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Professor FuEditor-in-Chief: Professor Freddie H. Fu
Freddie H. Fu, M.D., is the David Silver Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Previously, he was the department's executive vice chairman. Dr. Fu has also been the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics since 1986 and holds secondary appointments at the university as professor of physical therapy and health physical and recreational education.
Dr. Fu received undergraduate and post-graduate degrees at Dartmouth College and Dartmouth Medical School before earning his medical degree at the University of Pittsburgh in 1977. Continuing his training at Pitt, he then completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery and a fellowship in orthopaedic research. Dr. Fu also fulfilled an internship in general surgery at Brown University and an international fellowship at the Hanover Trauma Center in Germany. He also holds an honorary doctorate of science degree from Point Park College and an honorary doctorate of public service from Chatham College.
Dr. Fu joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine faculty in 1982 as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of sports medicine. He became clinical vice chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery in 1990 and executive vice chairman in 1994. Dr. Fu was also instrumental in the establishment of the Sports and Preventive Medicine Institute in 1985. Under Dr. Fu's medical directorship over 12 years, the facility - now called the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center for Sports Medicine - has grown into and remains one of the world's largest, most comprehensive and highly regarded sports medicine centers. He also was instrumental in the establishment of the University of Pittsburgh's Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, which in the past 12 years has attracted more than 100 surgeons who travel from all over the world to learn surgical techniques and conduct research with Dr. Fu and his colleagues in the department of orthopaedic surgery and UPMC's Musculoskeletal Research Center.
Dr. Fu is known worldwide for his pioneering surgical techniques to treat sports-related injuries to the knee and shoulder and his extensive scientific and clinical research in the biomechanics of such injuries. He performs surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and sees patients at the Center for Sports Medicine. Because of his reputation, Dr. Fu attracts both athletic and non-athletic patients from all over the globe and has been featured in several publications. He is also the editor of 12 major orthopaedic textbooks and author of 60 book chapters on the management of sports injuries. He has contributed to more than 150 international research publications and has given more than 400 national presentations to his peers. As a former president of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, he still remains a member of 40 other professional and academic medical organizations.
Dr. Fu is also quite active in the Pittsburgh community and a brief look at his involvement includes service as chairman of the board and executive medical director of the City of Pittsburgh Marathon Inc. since its inception in 1985; company physician and member of the board of trustees for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; and team physician for Mt. Lebanon High School. Dr. Fu is past president and current CEO of the WQED Children's Festival Chorus and honorary board member of the Parental Stress Center. In addition, he is a consultant to the board of directors. He has served as honorary chairman for various functions of the Pittsburgh Employment Alliance and is an active member of the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Because of Dr. Fu's medical achievements and their impact locally as well as world-wide and his many contributions to enrich the Pittsburgh community, at the end of 1999, Pittsburgh Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Pittsburghers of the 20th century. He is consistently listed in the magazine's annual "Best Doctors" issue. Also in 1999, the Allegheny Cycling Association gave Dr. Fu its award for Outstanding Service to the Cycling Community in recognition of Dr. Fu's sponsorship of many local cyclists and his constant support of many local cycling events. In May 2002, the YMCA of Pittsburgh honored Dr. Fu with its 28th Annual Person of the Year award.
Despite his value to the Pittsburgh community however, Dr. Fu is most reputable for his medical talents. In his time, Dr. Fu has been an honored recipient of more than 70 professional awards and numerous major research grants as a result of his efforts in clinical, basic scientific and biomechanical research concerning sports medicine and o rthopaedic surgery. In 1996, the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA) honored Dr. Fu with the President's Challenge Award for his tutelage in advancing the quality of health care related to sports medicine and most recently, Dr. Fu became the sponsor of the annual 2002 NATA New Investigator Award. Currently, Dr. Fu is continuing his efforts to improve orthopaedic surgery locally as well as advance the medical community around the world.