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UPMC’s Harner Becomes President of National Sports-Medicine Organization

PITTSBURGH, July 10, 2012 – Christopher D. Harner, MD, one of the founding doctors for the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine, will be installed Saturday as the 41st president of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the organization announced Tuesday. The induction will take place at AOSSM’s annual meeting, held Thursday through Sunday in Baltimore, Md.
 
Dr. Freddie Fu served as AOSSM president in 2008-09, meaning UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh have accounted for two of the past four presidencies of this national organization encompassing 3,000 members – orthopaedic surgeons, physicians and allied health professionals.
 
“He is a world leader in sports medicine, and being elected to this office proves it,” Dr. Fu, the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, said of Harner on Tuesday. “He has been instrumental in the rise of the sports medicine program here. We’re very proud of his accomplishments in medicine, research, and now leadership.”
 
Dr. Harner is the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine medical director and the Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine. He also holds a secondary appointment as professor of Physical Therapy, Health and Physical Activity. Stressing education, Dr. Harner oversees the academic elements at Sports Medicine and serves as program director for its Fellowship Program. Amid his hectic schedule, he continues to see and surgically repair patients who are athletes and non-athletes alike.
 
One of the first U.S. surgeons to perform meniscus transplants in the early 1990s, Dr. Harner has been recognized with several international awards and grants for his surgical treatments and clinical research. He also has toiled for years as team doctor for Pitt, Duquesne University, Central Catholic High and Woodland Hills High.
 
“I’m really looking forward to the year and trying to make a true difference to sports medicine and orthopaedics,” Harner said. “I’m best known as an educator, and that’s probably the theme of my presidency… to educate our members, our fellows, and our residents about sports medicine and what it truly is.”

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