October 20, 2011
Ralph and Mary Wilson Gift Lecture
Erie County Medical Center – Smith Auditorium
– Rational and Technique for Anatomic ACL Reconstruction
– When and How I do Double Bundle ACL Reconstructions
Visiting Professor – Freddie H. Fu, M.D.
Freddie H. Fu, M.D., D.Sc. (Hon.), D.Ps. (Hon.) is Head Team Physician for the University of Pittsburgh Athletic Department, Medical Director of the Center for Sports Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He serves as the David Silver Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Pittsburgh.
Dr. Fu completed medical school at the University of Pittsburgh, and received his Internship training at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Pittsburgh. He went on to complete a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Research at the University of Pittsburgh, and was an AO International Fellow at the Hanover Trauma Center in Germany.
He also holds appointments as Professor of Physical Therapy in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Professor of Health and Physical Activity in the School of Education, and Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science in the Swanson School of Engineering. His research interests include ACL anatomical reconstruction, gene therapy, robotics, stem cells, and tissue engineering.
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 the biomechanics of such injuries. He performs surgery at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and sees patients at the Center for Sports Medicine. Because of his reputation, Dr. Fu attracts both athletic and non-athletic patients from all over the globe, and has been featured in several publications. He is also the editor of 12 major orthopaedic textbooks, and author of 60 book chapters on the management of sports injuries. He has contributed to more than 150 international research publications, and has given more than 400 national presentations to his peers.
Dr. Fu gave a didactic lecture on the anatomy of the human ACL, making comparison to other primate and mammalian ACL anatomy. He discussed an anatomic approach to ACL reconstruction with the ultimate goal to provide increased mechanical and clinical stability to the reconstructed knee, and also to avoid long term concerns with arthritis. He reviewed his current indications and techniques for a single bundle versus a double bundle anatomic ACL reconstruction.
Dr. Fu mentored the orthopedic resident and fellows through interesting case presentations pertaining to failed ACL surgery and revision ACL reconstruction, followed by an interesting question and answer session with the audience. The session was attended by over 50 sports medicine practitioners, including physicians, researchers, fellows, residents, physical therapists, and athletic trainers. Dr. Fu was presented with the traditional gifts of a crystal buffalo and a certificate of appreciation, and the Ralph C. Wilson Foundation was acknowledged for providing the philanthropic supports for this visiting professorship.