Dr. Freddie Fu Appointed To Governors New Advisory Commission On Asian American Affairs
PITTSBURGH, September 16, 2004 Freddie H. Fu, M.D. , professor and chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and noted sports medicine physician at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), today was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell to serve on the newly created Governors Advisory Commission on Asian American Affairs.
Dr. Fu is one of 15 prominent Pennsylvania residents officially appointed to begin serving a two-year term on the new commission. The groups mission is to serve as Gov. Rendells liaison to the Asian American community and to advise the governor on policies, procedures, legislation and regulations that affect the Commonwealths Asian American community and that will enable responsiveness to the needs of Asian Americans. The commission will develop, review and recommend to the governor policies in the areas of health and human services, housing, education, employment, business formation and development, public accommodations and in contracting practices and procedures.
The commission will serve as the governors liaison to federal, state and local agencies for programs affecting Asian Americans. In addition, the group will serve as a resource for community groups on Asian American issues, programs, sources of funding and compliance requirements within state government for the benefit and advancement of Asian Americans. The commission will assist local Asian American community groups in developing strategies and programs that will expand and enhance the social, cultural and economic status of Asian Americans, and promote the cultural arts in their various forms within this community through coordinated efforts and advocacy.
Dr. Fu has been chairman of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh since 1997, where he is the David Silver Professor of orthopaedic surgery, and has been the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh department of athletics since 1986.
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. Because of his reputation, Dr. Fu attracts both athletic and non-athletic patients from all over the globe.
He also was instrumental in the establishment of the Sports and Preventive Medicine Institute in 1985. Under Dr. Fu's medical directorship, the facility, now called 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, this center moved to its new home within the UPMC Sports Performance Complex.
A brief look at Dr. Fu's extensive community involvement includes service as chairman of the board and executive medical director of the City of Pittsburgh Marathon Inc. from 1985 through 2003; company physician and member of the board of trustees for the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre; and team physician for Mt. Lebanon High School. Dr. Fu also is involved in the WQED Children's Festival Chorus and honorary board member of the Parental Stress Center. He has served as honorary chairman for various functions of the Pittsburgh Employment Alliance and is an active member of the Organization of Chinese Americans.
Because of Dr. Fu's medical achievements and their impact locally as well as worldwide and his many contributions to enrich the Pittsburgh community, at the end of 1999, Pittsburgh Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential Pittsburghers of the 20th century. He is consistently listed in the magazine's annual "Best Doctors" issue. Also in 1999, the Allegheny Cycling Association gave Dr. Fu its award for Outstanding Service to the Cycling Community in recognition of Dr. Fu's sponsorship of many local cyclists and his constant support of many local cycling events. In 2002, the YMCA of Pittsburgh honored Dr. Fu with its 28th Annual Person of the Year award, and in 2004, Dr. Fu was named Vectors Pittsburgh Man of the Year for Community Service.