A sculpture of the late Dr. Freddie H. Fu was unveiled in a ceremony last week in the lobby of the UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center, where the bronze bust will be on permanent display as a tribute to Dr. Fu’s legacy . The sculpture was funded through donations from colleagues, former scholars, residents, and friends of the Fu family.
“I can’t imagine a greater tribute to Dr. Fu than having his own bust at the UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center. It is a reminder of a great surgeon, innovator, educator and friend to all who have entered this building,” said Dr. William Donaldson, former acting chairman of Orthopedic Surgery and orthopedic spine surgeon at long time at UPMC.
The sculptor of the piece is Parker B. Donaldson, son of Dr. Donaldson and family friend of the Fus.
“Dr. Le Fu has been an integral part of my life since I can remember,” Parker Donaldson said. Freddie at his peak?’ But then, you’d be hard pressed to find a time when Freddie wasn’t moving some sort of proverbial mountain. What I hope we can all take from this work is a place to collect our own unique experiences that we have had with him.
Dr. Freddie Fu was the creator of UPMC’s world-renowned sports medicine program, longtime chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and chief medical officer of the team at the Pitt’s athletic department. He is one of Pittsburgh’s most recognized and beloved physicians, earning the title of one of the 100 Most Influential Pittsburghers of the 20th Century, Pittsburgh Magazine in 1999.
“Freddie served as chairman of the orthopedic department for 24 years, leading the department to top rankings in the United States, internationally and also in the UPMC network locally,” said Dr. Volker Musahl, Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Professor and Chief of Sports Medicine at UPMC. “Freddie was an incredible scientist; he had an innovative spirit. He was always one step ahead of every other orthopedist who ever tried to publish.
Dr. Fu is internationally recognized for his innovative research and teaching, which has led to numerous clinical advances in sports medicine and orthopedic care, particularly in the treatment of knee injuries. He founded Western Pennsylvania’s first sports medicine program in 1986, which became the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine located at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. Largely envisioned and designed by Dr. Fu, the complex combines the resources of a major university health care system with professional and collegiate athletic programs, encompassing training facilities for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pitt Panthers. In 2018, the center was reopened as the UPMC Freddie Fu Sports Medicine Center following a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion of the facility.
“I have no words to express the gratitude we have for you to even think of having a bust of him here at this facility,” Gordon Fu, son of Dr Fu, told more than 100 colleagues, friends and supporters present at the inauguration ceremony. “Only a few years ago, we celebrated the christening of the building here, and my family was so happy that day. I’m glad he was there to see that.
Dr. Fu has expanded and advanced UPMC sports medicine into one of the largest and most comprehensive clinical and research programs in the world. The program uniquely places leading multi-specialists under one roof for the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of chronic and acute sports-related and non-sports related injuries and conditions, ranging from ankle sprains to strains. from knee ligaments to concussions.
“Those of us in leadership positions like to think we help shape organizations, but, in reality, very few of us actually do. Freddie really helped shape what UPMC is” , said Dr. Joon Sup Lee, UPMC Executive Vice President and President of UPMC Medical Services.
Dr. Fu also played a major role as an instructor and mentor to students at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, impacting thousands of medical students, residents, and fellows throughout his tenure. career.
“Every student, every resident, every patient has always been uniquely touched by Freddie, and I think that’s something we can all celebrate,” said Dr. Anantha Shekhar, Senior Vice Chancellor of Life Sciences. health at Pitt and John and Gertrude Petersen Dean of the Pitt School of Medicine.
As a strong believer in diversity in medicine, Dr. Fu has developed one of the most ethnically and sexually diverse academic and clinical departments in the country. He is also known for his tremendous impact on the entire Pittsburgh area as a deeply dedicated and enthusiastic community ambassador, serving for more than 30 years actively on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations and rewarding initiatives.
“As you look around this room, we are proud of the fact that we are one of the most diverse programs in the country. And we should be,” said Dr. MaCalus Hogan, director of orthopedic surgery at UPMC and David Silver Professor Chair in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. “If you look around you at what Freddie has built, where else in the world could you go and see so many individuals from diverse backgrounds, diverse perspectives, and all here for a common good? This speaks to Freddie.
More about Dr. Fu’s incredible legacy and impact can be read in his obituary.
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