McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine faculty member Freddie H. Fu, MD, was named the recipient of the 2012 Sports Leadership Award from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Dapper Dan Charities.
Founded in 1936 by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports editor Al Abrams, the organization has evolved from a businessmen's sports club into one of the region's most recognizable pillars of charity with six fundraising events throughout the year. The annual Dapper Dan Sportsman of the Year Dinner has become the preeminent social event on Western Pennsylvania's sports calendar.
Dr. Fu is the David Silver Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Previously, he was the department's executive vice chairman. Dr. Fu has also been the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics since 1986 and holds secondary appointments at the university as professor of physical therapy and health physical and recreational education. Dr. Fu is also Professor of Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science at the Swanson School of Engineering.