Dr. Freddie Fu is a Distinguished Service Professor and 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. Dr. Fu is the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics (since 1986). He also holds secondary appointments at Pitt as a Professor of Physical Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Professor of Health and Physical Activity, School of Education, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, Swanson School of Engineering.
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, the facility - now called the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex- 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 has attracted more than 1200 visiting surgeons and fellows from over 61 countries in six continents 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 the editor of 32 major orthopaedic textbooks and co-author of 173 book chapters. He has contributed to hundreds of international research publications and has given more than 1200 national/international presentations. He has an h-index of 102, with over 36,000 citations, both among the very top of all orthopaedic researchers. A partial list of Dr. Fu’s publications is here.
Dr. Fu remains a member of numerous other professional and academic medical organizations, and has served as President of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). He has also held Board positions with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
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 1984; company physician and member of the board of trustees and several committees for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; the Orthopaedic Subspecialty Consultant, NHL Pittsburgh Penguins; and a member of the Allegheny County Coroner’s Office Professional Advisory and Consultant Panel. Dr. Fu is past president of the WQED Children's Festival Chorus and a current Board Member of the Western Pennsylvania Olympic Committee. 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, in 2001, Pittsburgh Magazine named him one of the Top 50 Business Leaders in Pittsburgh. He is consistently listed in the magazine's annual "Best Doctors" issue. 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. In September 2016, Pittsburgh City Council recognized Dr. Fu for his accomplishments in medicine, teaching, research, and community involvement over the past three decades; he was honored as an expert in sports medicine, committed Pittsburgh resident, and philanthropist with “Dr. Freddie Fu Day.”
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 many professional awards and numerous major research grants as a result of his efforts in clinical, basic scientific, and biomechanical research concerning sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery. In recognition of his national and international achievements, he has received Lifetime/Honorary Membership from The European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy, and the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), the 2014 Kappa Delta Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the George D. Rovere Award on behalf of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Masaki Watanabe Award on behalf of the Japanese Orthopaedic Society of Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine. In July 2016, he was inducted to the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Hall of Fame. For Dr. Fu’s pioneering work in orthopaedic sports medicine and his contributions to UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh, the UPMC Sports Medicine Center was re-opened in 2018 as the UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center following a multi-million dollar renovation.
Currently, Dr. Fu is continuing his efforts to improve orthopaedic surgery locally as well as to advance the medical community around the world.