McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine
faculty member Savio L-Y. Woo, PhD, DSc (pictured third from the left), University of Pittsburgh Professor, received an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University Council of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In the conferment ceremony, President Chung-Kwong Poon said this honor recognizes the contributions Professor Woo has made to the advancement of musculoskeletal biomechanics and engineering sciences, especially in the area of novel orthopaedic sports medicine and rehabilitation treatments. Having grown up in Hong Kong, Professor Woo is particularly pleased to receive such a high honor from his hometown.
Dr. Woo is the Founder and Director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center (MSRC) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering. He is a pioneer in bioengineering and is renowned for his almost 40 years of translational research in knee ligament healing and repair. More recently, his work focuses on functional tissue engineering for ligament and tendon regeneration from the molecular to cellular to tissue and organ levels as well as the use of robotic technology to examine the joint function.
Dr. Woo has been inducted into the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Academia Sinica, only one of four persons who have gained all three of these honors. In 1998, Dr. Woo received the first Olympic gold medal from the International Olympic Committee in Nagano, Japan. In 1999, Dr. Woo also earned an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the Trustees of the California State University System.
He has also received the highest honors from many professional societies, including the Kappa Delta Award, the Herbert R. Lissner Award, the O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, the Giovanni Borelli Award, and the Muybridge Award, among others. Most recently, he was awarded an Honorary Professorship from Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, honored as University Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and given the prestigious Diamond Award for Distinguish Achievement from the University of Washington.
Illustration: L-R: Chair of the University Council the Honorable Victor Lo, The Honorable Donald Tsang, Dr. Woo, and University President, Dr. Chung-Kwong Poon.
Bio: Dr. Savio Woo
The Musculoskeletal Research Center