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Drs. Fu, Harner, Students Receive Honors at Sports Medicine Convention

PITTSBURGH, July 11, 2013Freddie Fu, M.D., and Carola Van Eck, M.D., Ph.D., an orthopaedic resident from The Netherlands who came to UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh to learn from Dr. Fu and other sports-medicine experts, are part of a research team presented today in Chicago with the prestigious Jack Hughston Award for the outstanding sports-medicine paper of 2012 published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.
In the paper, Drs. Fu and Van Eck and three researchers from Slovenia – principal investigator Mohsen Hussein, M.D., Andrej Cretnik, M.D., Ph.D., and Dejan Dinevski, Ph.D. – concluded that anatomic reconstruction techniques of the knee’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) were superior to reconstructing the ACL using non-anatomical drilling techniques. Dr. Fu traveled to the Artros Center for Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to collaborate with Dr. Hussein, formerly a UPMC Sports Medicine research fellow.
It is the first time a Pitt or UPMC representative has received the decade-old Hughston Award, named for the surgeon who founded the American Journal of Sports Medicine. It was presented this morning during the 2013 convention of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers.
“It is definitely a tremendous honor for our program and department to win this prestigious award, named for a leader in sports medicine and a surgeon I greatly admired. In addition to expertise in the examination room, hospital room and operating room, we place great importance on research and education in our practices in sports medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. As a result, we have the opportunity to train and collaborate with great people around the world,” said Dr. Fu, chair and David Silver professor of the Pitt Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, and the head team physician for Pitt athletics since 1986. “We have worked tirelessly and passionately to pioneer anatomical ACL reconstruction techniques and make ACL surgery better for the patient. We believe this study shows that anatomical reconstruction will result in the best outcomes for our patients.”
On Friday, Christopher Harner, M.D., chief, Division of Sports Medicine, and Blue Cross of Western Pennsylvania Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Pitt, will give farewell speech after his term as AOSSM president, and be honored by the crowd of roughly 1,500 sports surgeons, physicians, physical therapists and others.
“It has been a rewarding, fulfilling, and, yes, hectic year,” said Dr. Harner, who, at the same time he became AOSSM president last summer, also was named head team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins, with whom he traveled most of this past season. “I’m proud of the steps the Society for Sports Medicine has taken and the initiatives and programs we have started this past year. I am looking forward to continuing on the Board for the next few years and making further contributions. I was very fortunate to have been the second president of the AOSSM from Pittsburgh. Dr. Fu was president in 2009 and it is a great honor for me as well as UPMC and Pitt to have followed him.”
Additional Pitt/UPMC meeting highlights include:
• The Young Investigator Grant to support young researchers will be given to Pitt resident Ermias Abebe, M.D., for his proposed study on ligament and meniscus injuries and how their treatment affects the knee joints.
• A research team lead by former Pitt/UPMC specialist Constance Chu, M.D, now at Stanford University, will receive the T. David Sisk Award for Excellence in original research for an ACL study published in 2012 in Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. The other team members were Christian Coyle, Ph.D., Sarah Henry, M.D., Amgad Haleem, M.D., and Michael O’Malley, M.D., of Pitt and UPMC.
• Presentations by Steelers team orthopaedic surgeon James Bradley, M.D., Craig Mauro, M.D., and Michael McClincy, M.D., on shoulder injuries; Drs. Fu and Harner separately about knee repairs; James Irrgang, Ph.D., as part of an afternoon-long symposium on ACL injuries and recovery; and Mark Rodosky, M.D., about the biceps tendon issues.

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