A collaborative approach to the management of sport-related injuries

Professor Freddie Fu

Innovation in sports medicine: Is the latest always the greatest?

Professor Freddie Fu from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, was awarded a 2018 Raine Visiting Professor Award, hosted by Professor Minghao Zheng, The University of Western Australia

Raine Visiting Professor Award

University of Pittsburgh, USA
Host: Prof Minghao Zheng, The University of Western Australia



Professor Freddie Fu is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, USA. He is a world-renowned surgeon and medical researcher whose major research interests are anatomic anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and clinical outcomes, and the bioengineering of sports-related injuries. Professor Fu has received over 260 professional awards and honours, made over 1,150 presentations, co-authored 173 book chapters, is an author of over 570 peer-reviewed articles, and has edited 30 major orthopaedic textbooks. He has also developed several orthopaedic research programs, including military orthopaedics and sports injury-related orthopaedics. A previous Raine Visiting Professor, Professor Rocky Tuan, works with Professor Fu, and together they have established a research centre for Military Regenerative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Professor Fu was invited as a Raine Visiting Professor by Professor Minghao Zheng from the Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences at The University of Western Australia, with the objective of establishing joint research projects and clinical training programs in orthopaedics between The University of Western Australia and the University of Pittsburgh. During Professor Fu’s visit, he conducted a lecture titled “Innovation in Sports Medicine: Is the Latest Always the Greatest?” to approximately 100 attendees as part of the Raine Visiting Professor Lecture series, presented to 25 orthopaedic registrars in a seminar held at Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, and was the keynote speaker for the Raine ACL Reconstruction and Regeneration Symposium that was attended by up to 50 attendees. He also had the opportunity to visit Orthocell Limited, Perth Bone and Tissue Bank (PlusLife), the Perron Institute, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital and Hollywood Private Hospital as well as network and interact with orthopaedic consultants and researchers at various functions including the Orthocell Dinner and the Consultants Dinner that was organised during his visit.

The visit by Professor Fu allowed him to share clinical management strategies and teaching methods with Perth’s orthopaedic community, which could lead to a more cross-disciplinary approach to the management of sport-related injuries.

Professor Minghao Zheng and Professor Freddie Fu, with his Raine Medallion.