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Geisel Alumnus Receives “Nobel Prize of Orthopaedic Research”

Hanover, NH—Congratulations to Dartmouth alumnus Freddie Fu, MD (DC '74, MED '75), who received the Elizabeth Winston Lanier Award for his career contribution to anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and advances in patient care, an accolade considered the Nobel Prize of orthopaedic research and bestowed by the Kappa Delta Sorority along with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. It was presented to Fu in New Orleans Wednesday at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), a conference of 10,000 professionals.

Fu, a 1975 graduate of Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and a member of the Geisel Board of Overseers, is the David Silver Professor and Chairman of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and founder of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. A leader in medical education, research and patient care, he is renowned both for his pioneering knee surgical innovations and his work to keep athletes healthy and performing, from ballerinas to cyclists to NFL receivers.

Fu also will receive more major honors in Europe and Asia over the next four months:

  • In Amsterdam in May, the European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) is scheduled to present its highest honor to Fu by making him a Lifetime Honorary Member and a member of its Hall of Fame—the first from Pennsylvania, the second from the United States, and only the fourth inductee to date.
  • In Hiroshima, Japan, in July, the Japanese Orthopaedic Society of Knee, Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine (JOSKAS) will make Fu only the fourth surgeon—and second from the Western Hemisphere—recognized with the Masaki Watanabe Award for international achievement in arthroscopic surgery.

"We are very proud of Dr. Freddie Fu," said Chip Souba, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. "As demonstrated by his remarkable professional accomplishments, he is an incredible example of the medical school’s missions of innovation and improving lives. Freddie’s immense professional contributions to orthopedic surgery are only eclipsed by his deep compassion and unwavering support of others, particularly of students, residents and patients.

"He embodies all of the qualities the world needs in a physician leader."

Read the full release here: http://www.upmc.com/media/NewsReleases/2014/Pages/freddie-fu-award-aaos.aspx

Watch this video as Fu shared his "20 Thoughts for Young Doctors" in his keynote speech to new Geisel medical students at the 2013 White Coat Ceremony: http://32hours.dartmouth.edu/featured/video/0092/Dartmouth-Geisel-Fu-20-Thoughts


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