McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Freddie H. Fu, M.D. (pictured), professor and chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and founding medical director of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) for Sports Medicine was named the 37th president of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) during the Society's Annual Meeting. The AOSSM is a world leader in sports medicine education, research, communication, and fellowship, and includes national and international orthopaedic sports medicine leaders. The Society works closely with many other sports medicine specialists, including athletic trainers, physical therapists, family physicians, and others to improve the identification, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports injuries.
"Sports medicine is an exciting field full of intriguing research and significant treatment advances. Having seen the changes throughout the course of my career, I am consistently enthralled with the progress we are making rehabilitating athletes of all ages," says Dr. Fu. "I look forward to serving as AOSSM president and challenging my colleagues to continue their dedication both in their local and national communities."
Dr. Fu is known worldwide for his pioneering surgical techniques to treat sports-related injuries to the knee and shoulder and his extensive scientific and clinical research in biomechanics. Under Dr. Fu's leadership, the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine has grown into one of the world's largest, most comprehensive and highly regarded sports medicine clinical and research centers. In 2000, the center moved to its new home within the state-of-the-art UPMC Sports Performance Complex. The complex also houses the indoor and outdoor training facilities of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Dr. Fu is also the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department.
Dr. Fu has held numerous leadership positions for AOSSM, including four years on the Board of Directors. As a former president of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, he has been a member of 55 other professional and academic medical organizations. In 2009, he will assume the presidency of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery & Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS).
Congratulations, Dr. Fu!
PR Web (07/02/08)
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine