Dr. Fu was a giant among physicians and surgeons in Pittsburgh and around the world. His impact on the region is immeasurable. His untimely death leaves a void no one can fill in both the field of orthopaedic surgery and Pittsburgh cultural scene.
Dr. Fu was the David Silver Professor and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and UPMC. Born in Hong Kong, he first arrived to the United States as a young immigrant at Dartmouth, later studied at Pitt Medical School, and eventually became a proud U.S. citizen.
I must disclose I did not know Dr. Fu well - to me he was a friendly acquaintance. I knew him from working in the UPMC News Bureau on big events (i.e., Pittsburgh Marathon) that required all hands on deck for the media. Dr. Fu headed up some of the most amazing UPMC events, symposiums and galas that made them more fun than work. His passion and energy were infectious. A sharp dresser, Dr. Fu literally wore his heart on his sleeve as he worked alongside his family at events. His family's dedication to service and helping others was evident. We could all learn from Team Fu.
His novel approach to knee surgery advanced the field of sports medicine. The Anatomic Single- and Double Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament(ACL) Reconstruction procedure is now considered the gold standard for ACL repair. He has trained hundreds of surgeons and authored more than 100+ studies on knee surgery. He served as president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and received countless awards and honors throughout his distinguished career. He worked tirelessly in pursuit of excellence in all aspects of his life and supported diversity, equity and inclusion long before official DEI departments and protocols were established.
He healed both dancers and athletes in several different sports so they could continue to play, thrive and win championships. I often think Dr. Fu deserves a piece of the Stanley Cup and Vince Lombardi Trophy. He also helped countless of weekend warriors who just wanted to be able to continue running whether it was the Pittsburgh Great Race or weekend sports. We are hearing tributes and stories from people of all walks of life this week. It's a testament to the man who loved all things Pittsburgh.
He even has a dish named after him at LuLu's Noodles (The Dr. Fu Special) on South Craig Street. If you looked in the society pages you would often see him and his lovely wife Hilda at other health awareness events. They supported so many causes and their generosity was limitless.
My sympathies to the Fu family, his UPMC and University of Pittsburgh colleagues. I will order the Dr. Fu Special in his honor.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021, at Heinz Memorial Chapel of the University of Pittsburgh at 2:30 p.m. In lieu offlowers or gifts, the Fu family kindly asks memorial contributions be made to the Fu Family Legacy Fund in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, PO Box 640093, Pittsburgh, PA 15264-0093, or at https://pae.pitt.edu/FuLegacy.