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Sunday, 11 July 2010 20:17

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Pitt/UPMC

At the University of Pittsburgh, the Residency Program in Orthopaedic Surgery offers physicians the clinical and academic experience they will need to meet the challenges of 21st-centry orthopaedics. The department is chaired by Freddie H. Fu MD, and Vince Deeney MD is the Vice Chairman for Orthopaedic Education and serves as the residency director. Dane Wukich MD, assistant residency director, assists Dr. Deeney with the program. The department is lead by the following professionals:

Freddie H. Fu MD, Chairman and Distinguished Service Professor

Rocky S. Tuan PhD, Executive Vice Chairman for Research

James D. Kang MD, Executive Vice Chairman for Clinical Services

Vincent F.X. Deeney MD, Vice Chairman for Education

Through specialized clinical programs, the faculty of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery (www.orthonet.pitt.edu) provides the full range of established therapies to a diverse population of patients while concurrently developing new treatments modalities. Since the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) is a major referral center for Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, residents are exposed to both a broad range of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders and a number of clinically difficult cases. Consistent with an established tradition of attracting the best and the brightest, Pitt receives a large number of  applicants for its orthopaedic residency program (between 600-700) and selects only eight residents per year.
Pitt’s orthopaedic program was founded in 1909 as a Division of General Surgery and subsequently named a separate department of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine in 1953. Orthopaedic surgery flourished initially under the direction of Drs. David Silver and Paul Steele.  Albert Ferguson MD was recruited from Harvard and was named chairman of the recently established department in 1953.  As a result of Dr. Ferguson’s mentorship, Pitt became a nationally recognized orthopaedic program and many of his residents went on to become chairman of their own departments. James Herndon MD assumed the chairmanship after led by Dr. Ferguson’s tenure of 33 years.  Under Dr. Herndon’s leadership the department expanded and continued the tradition of the Ferguson era. When Dr. Herndon departed Pitt to become chairman at Harvard in 1998, Freddie H. Fu, MD was appointed chairman and awarded the David Silver Endowed Chair. Dr. Fu, the charismatic and energized chairman, has elevated the program to a new level, developing a truly internationally respected orthopaedic department. The department has at least two orthopaedic fellowship trained surgeons in every aspect of clinical orthopaedics and the divisions of the department include:


•    Foot and Ankle Surgery: Chief, Dane K. Wukich MD
•    Hand and Upper Extremity: Chief, Robert J. Goitz MD
•    Joint Reconstruction: Chief, Lawrence S. Crossett MD
•    Musculoskeletal Oncology: Chief, Richard L. McGough III MD
•    Orthopaedic Trauma: Chief, Ivan S. Tarkin MD
•    Pediatric Orthopaedics: Chief, W. Timothy Ward MD
•    Spine: Chief, William F. Donaldson MD
•    Sports Medicine: Chief, Christopher D. Harner MD

Through the years, the department has attained a national and international reputation for teaching and developing recognized leaders in orthopaedics. This past year US News and World Report ranked UPMC Orthopaedic Surgery Department as the 11th best program in the country, along side with programs from Cornell, Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins and Duke. Many important contributions to advanced understanding of orthopaedic diseases have emanated from the department. The department's research budget has grown steadily, covering diverse but interrelated areas such as arthritis; cartilage metabolism; the bio-mechanics of soft tissue, implants, joint, and bones; gene therapy; robotics and computer-assisted surgery; and spinal deformity. The department of orthopaedic surgery celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009. At a special Orthopaedic Grand Rounds attended by 350 people, the department celebrated the 100 year anniversary and the 90th birthday of former chair, Dr. Albert B. Ferguson, Jr. Orthopedics Today featured an article entitled “Dozens of Top Leaders Trained in 100 Years of Orthopedics at University of Pittsburgh”. Dr. Fu is only the fifth chairman over the course of a century, demonstrating the tremendous stability of the department. Many top leaders who were trained in this department have gone on to lead renowned orthopaedic programs both in the US and around the world. The solid foundation laid by Drs. David Silver (1909-1940), Paul B. Steele (1940-1953), Albert B. Ferguson, Jr. (1953-1986), and James H. Herndon (1988-1997) positioned this program for continued growth and excellence in patient care, teaching, and research as we enter into our second century. The department of orthopaedic surgery, supported by the leadership of UPMC, Pitt and the visionary Freddie H. Fu MD is well position to advance the field of orthopaedic surgery over the next 100 years.
The department is a leader in establishing evidence based outcomes, and clinical studies are underway in each division.  The department has extensive research facilities including the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories in the Basic Science Tower of the University of Pittsburgh which houses:

•    The Ferguson Laboratory
•    The Mechanobiology Laboratory
•    The Cartilage Restoration Laboratory
•    The Hand Laboratory
•    The Molecular Therapeutics Laboratory
•    The Knee Research Laboratory and
•    The Byodynamics Laboratory

Last Updated on Sunday, 11 August 2013 00:23