Geisel School of Medicine Board of Overseers
Freddie H. Fu, MD, DSc (Hon), DPs (Hon.) (DC '74, MED '75)
Dr. Freddie H. Fu is a Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, the David Silver Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Head Team Physician of Pitt's Athletic Department. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Point Park University, an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree from Chatham University, and in 2010 was appointed Distinguished Service Professor by the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Fu followed his brother Frank to Dartmouth College from Hong Kong and graduated summa cum laude in 1974 and received his BMS in 1975 from Dartmouth Medical School. He earned his medical degree in 1977 from the University of Pittsburgh and completed his general surgery internship at Brown University. He then returned to Pitt for an orthopaedic research fellowship and to complete his orthopaedic residency training. During that time, Dr. Fu was an AO International Fellow at the Hannover Trauma Center in Germany and an arthroscopic surgery fellow in East Lansing, Michigan.
Dr. Fu's major research interest lies in clinical outcomes as well as bioengineering of sports-related problems. His research efforts have led to over 200 professional awards and honors, 960 national and international presentations, and editorship of 29 major orthopaedic textbooks. Dr. Fu is also the author of 437 peer-reviewed articles, 116 book chapters on the management of sports injuries, and co-recipient of the prestigious Kappa Delta Award for his shoulder research. He has held memberships in numerous academic organizations including the prestigious Herodicus Society and American Orthopaedic Association. He is on the Board of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. In 2008 he assumed the Presidency of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and, in 2009, was named President of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
Dr. Fu is very active in his community. He has served as Chairman of the Board and Executive Medical Director of the City of Pittsburgh Marathon, Company Physician and member of the Board of Trustees of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Team Physician for Mt. Lebanon High School, and President of Dapper Dan Charities. He received the Pittsburgh Man of the Year in Sciences Award, Vectors/Pittsburgh Man of the Year for Community Service, and was voted "Best Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Physician" by Pittsburgh Magazine. He was selected through a nationwide poll of leading physicians in the Best Doctors in America for Orthopaedic Surgery with special emphasis on Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy. Dr. Fu was named one of the "100 Pittsburghers of the Century" by Pittsburgh Magazine and was honored with the History Makers Award in the field of Medicine and Health by the Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center. Currently he is currently collaborating with curators at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and veterinarians at the Pittsburgh Zoo in the study of the evolution and anatomy of the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee.
He is primarily responsible for the conception and oversight of the design and construction of the $80 million UPMC Sports Performance Complex, a 60 acre state-of-the-art sports medicine complex which opened in 2000. The Center has a multidisciplinary approach to sports injuries and performance and is the first of its kind in the US to have the resources of a major academic and clinical system with professional and collegiate sports team programs. The UPMC Center for Sports Medicine was rated as one of the top ten centers in the US and attracts local/national/international patients, and hundreds of elite world-class athletes have been treated at the Center. The complex is used as a model in more than ten countries and has been a magnet for more than 600 visiting surgeons and fellows from over 50 countries in six continents. Dr. Fu also oversees one of the top and most ethnically and gender-diversified orthopaedic residency training programs in the country which attracts the best and brightest young surgeons/researchers from the US and abroad. For his efforts he received the 2011 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Diversity Award.
Dr. Fu is married to Hilda Pang Fu, founder and president of Luminari, a Pittsburgh based non-profit formed to broaden minds and inspire innovation. They have a son, Gordon, a businessman and 1999 graduate of Dartmouth College with an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University. Their daughter, Joyce, is a 2003 Dartmouth grad and 2006 graduate of Columbia University Law School.