Freddie H. Fu, MD - Orthopedics

Dr. Freddie Fu reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. Fu is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in Sports Medicine. In January of 1998, he was named David Silver Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Fu is also Medical Director of the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine and the Head Team Physician for the Pittsburgh Athletic Department.

Dr. Fu's major research interest lies in clinical outcome as well as biology and biomechanics of the knee and shoulder in sports-related injuries. He has served as Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator on dozens of orthopedic research projects, many of them studying the treatment of ACL injuries. Dr. Fu is a member of the prestigious Herodicus Society and in 2008 will serve as President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has received numerous national and international awards for his work and is a well-known speaker on orthopedic topics.

Dr. Fu is the editor of 26 major orthopedic textbooks and the author of more than 80 book chapters on the management of sports injuries, and he has authored or coauthored more than 270 peer-reviewed articles. He serves on the editorial boards of many orthopaedic journals including American Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery—1984, 1994

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
Meniscus Tear


M.D.: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1977
Internship in General Surgery, Brown University, Providence, RI, 1977–1978
Orthopaedic Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, 1978–1979
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 1979–1982
A.O. International Fellow, Hanover Trauma Center, West Germany, Dec. 1981 to Feb. 1982
Training in Arthroscopic Surgery, East Lansing, MI, Nov. 1981

Academic/Hospital Appointments

Training in Arthroscopic Surgery, East Lansing, MI, Nov. 1981
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Hospitals:
Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery:
Assistant Professor, 1982–1988
Associate Professor, 1988–1992
Professor, 1992–present
Director, Sports Medicine, 1982–present
Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1989–1998
David Silver Professor and Department Chairman, January 1998–present

Professional Affiliations

ACL Study Group
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American College of Sports Medicine
American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
American Orthopaedic Association
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Herodicus Society
International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)
Orthopaedic Research Society

Selected Publications

  1. Livesay G, Rudy T, Woo S, Runco T, Sakane M, Li G, Fu F (1997). Evaluation of the effect of joint constraints on the in situ force distribution in the anterior cruciate ligament. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 15(2): 278–284.
  2. Kuroda R, Usas A, Kubo S, Corsi K, Peng H, Rose T, Cummins J, Fu F, Huard J (2006). Cartilage repair using bone morphogenetic protein 4 and muscle-derived stem cells. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 54(2): 433–442.
  3. Chu C, Izzo N, Papas N, Fu F (2006). In vitro exposure to 0.5 bupivacaine to cytotoxic to bovine articular chondrocytes. Arthroscopy, 22(7): 693–700.
  4. Chhabra A, Starman J, Ferretti M, Vidal A, Zantop R, Fu F (2006). Anatomic, radiographic, biomechanical, and kinematic evaluation of the anterior cruciate ligament and its two functional bundles. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 88-A(4): 2–10.
  5. Ferretti M, Ekdahl M, Shen W, Fu F (2007). Osseous landmarks of the femoral attachment of the anterior cruciate ligament: An anatomic study. Arthroscopy, 23(11):1218–1225.

Selected Textbooks

  1. Fu FH, Harner CD, Vince KG, Miller MC (1994). Knee Surgery. Rosemont, IL: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  2. Brown C, Fu F, Georgoulis A, Gobbi S, Howell S, Johnson D, Paulos L, Shelbourne K (2008). The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier.
  3. Chan KM, Fu FH, Maffulli N, Kurosaka M, Liu S, eds. (1998). Controversies in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins Asia Pacific, Ltd.
  4. Fu FH, Huard J, eds. (1998). Gene Therapy in Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine. Cambridge, MA: Birkhauser.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

Last Updated: January 27, 2010

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