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Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine
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.
Honorary Editorial Board
Roald Bahr, Professor of Sports Medicine, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, Chair, Oslo Sports Trauma Research Center, Olso, Norway
Professor Julien S Baker, Chair and Head of Exercise and Health Sciences, School of Science, University of the West of Scotland, Hamilton Campus, Hamilton, Scotland
Steven N. Blair, Professor, Division of Health Aspects of Physical Activity, Department of Exercise Science, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
Henning Boecker, Professor and Head, Division of Functional Brain Imaging, University of Bonn, Germany
Dennis J. Caine, Professor and Chair, Department of Physical Education, Exercise Science and Wellness, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA
Malcolm R. Collins, UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, South African Medical Research Council and Department of Human Biology, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Michael Cullen, Visiting Professor, Faculty of Life and Health Sciences, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ulster, Belfast
Craig Denegar, Professor and Department Head, Department of Physical Therapy, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA
Lars Engebretsen, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ullevaal University Hospital and Medical School University of Oslo Orthopaedic Center, Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine, Norwegian College of Sports and Physical Education, Olso, Norway
Bruce B. Forster, Professor and Vice-Chairman, Department of Radiology, The University of British Columbia, BC, Canada
Mark R. Hutchinson, Professor of Orthopaedics - Sports Medicine (tenured), Department of Orthopaedics, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA
Deiary Kader, Professor and Consultant Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgeon, North East Orthopaedic and Sport Injury Research Group, Head of Orthopaedic Department, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, UK
Jon Karlsson, Professor, Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University, Department of Orthopaedics, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
Vikas Khanduja, MSc, FRCS (Orth), Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, UK
Nicola Maffulli, Professor and Centre Lead, Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine, Queen Mary University of London, Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, England
Gabriel Y.F. Ng, Chair Professor and Associate Head, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Hong Kong
Timothy D. Noakes, Discovery Health Professor, Exercise and Sports Science, the University of Cape Town, Director, Medical Research Council/University of Cape Town Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine, Sports Science Institute of South Africa, Newlands, South Africa
John Orchard, MD PhD, Sports Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Robert J. Pandina, Director and Professor of Psychology, Center of Alcohol Studies, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ, USA
Fabio Pigozzi, Professor of Sport Medicine, Deputy Rector, State University of Rome "Foro Italico", Roma, Italy
Harrison G. Pope, Jr, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston Massachusetts, USA
David Pyne, Professor, Sports Science Sports Medicine, Australian Institute of Sport, Belconnen, ACT, Australia
Robert T. Rubin, Distinguished Professor and Vice-Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Kerry Stewart, Professor of Medicine, Director, Clinical and Research Exercise Physiology, John Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD, USA
Gareth Stratton, Professor of Paediatric Exercise Science, Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Science, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK
David Wales, MSc BSc (Hons) MCSP, Senior Team Physiotherapist, Arsenal Football Club, United Kingdom
Paul Yerys, Director, Island Sports Medicine, Orthopedic and Arthroscopic Surgery, Joint Replacement, Trauma Foot and Upper Extremity, Long Island, East Meadow, New York, USA