Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine Alumnus Freddie Fu, MD (DC '74, MED '75), is the chair of orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and renowned both for his pioneering knee surgical innovations and his work to keep athletes healthy and performing, from ballerinas to cyclists to NFL receivers. In March 2014, Fu 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 orthopedic research. The honor is bestowed by the Kappa Delta Sorority and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation.
According to Geisel Dean Chip Souba, MD, "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.”
Fu, who delivered the keynote speech to first-year medical students at the Geisel 2013 White Coat Ceremony, has built a world-class sports medicine program for student-athletes at Pitt, where he is the head team physician for the school’s athletics department and where he helped found Sports and Preventive Medicine Institute in 1985. He also was at the vanguard of specialized care for dancers in the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, having launched the UPMC Sports Medicine program at PBT in 1983. Thanks to Fu’s innovation and commitment, PBT was among the first professional ballet companies in the country to house a medical residency program tailored to dance.
Fu continues to serve Dartmouth as a member of the Geisel School of Medicine Board of Overseers.