Dr. Freddie H. Fu, a long-time colleague and friend of Dr. Joseph Maroon, recently died on September 24. 2021. Dr. Fu was a Pittsburgh legend for his many sports medicine related accomplishments, including the creator of UPMC’s world-renowned sports medicine program. Dr. Fu was also the long-time chairman of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery and head team physician for Pitt’s Department of Athletics. Those who have reported on his pasting have highlighted his many accomplishments in orthopedic surgery.
Dr. Maroon was moved to report on how Dr. Fu embraced concussion prevention and management and his support of the development of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. In an article that appeared in Pittsburgh’s TribLIVE post, Dr. Maroon discussed Dr. Fu’s leadership and vision to make UPMC and Pittsburgh the largest sport concussion program in the nation. Here are a few quotes from the article below:
Dr. Fu planted the seed for the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program, more than 10,000 patients with concussions from sports-related and other traumatic accidents are evaluated annually by six full-time neuropsychologists and a staff of 30 faculty in the program, the largest in the country……… few recognize his impact on the prevention and management of brain injuries from sports. It was his vision to enjoin in one facility all the right neurological experts and then provide the resources for optimal rehabilitation, not just for knees, but also for injured brains…….(Dr. Fu’s) legacy that will continue to live long beyond the sad passing of a dear friend and colleague and one of the most creative, energetic, industrious and visionary physicians in the history of sports medicine.