A Day in the Life of Dr. Freddie Fu
Here is an average daily schedule for Dr. Fu on a day that he is not performing surgery. Despite his busy schedule, Fu is always connected throughout the day with his Blackberry and iPhone.
Fu’s preferred ACL surgery technique means longer hours in the operating room, but also better and longer-lasting results for patients.
Photo by Harry Giglio
4 A.M. - ORANGE JUICE AND CHINESE GREEN TEA: Every morning, Fu squeezes his own orange juice. He also enjoys Chinese green tea every morning, specifically Long Jing Tea from West Lake, China. News and email: He checks email and gets up-to-date on the day’s news. Fu frequently accesses the websites of CNN, ESPN, CBS, BBC and SCMP (South China Morning Post). He also subscribes to four daily newspapers: the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. While he reads the news every morning, the first thing he checks is Rob Rogers’ editorial cartoon in the Post-Gazette. Exercise: While watching the local news, Fu works out in his at-home gym. He does strength training and uses his rowing machine and recumbent stationary bike.
5 A.M. - STEAM BATH, FOLLOWED BY LAUNDRY DROP-OFF: For the past 30 years, Fu has used the laundry services of the Oakland Tailor on Meyran Avenue.
6 A.M. - SPORTS MEDICINE CONFERENCE: At UPMC’s Oakland campus, Fu leads a sports-medicine conference, attended by 50 American and international sports medicine fellows, physical therapists, certified athletic trainers and sports medicine faculty.
7 A.M. - ORTHOPAEDIC GRAND ROUNDS: Fu leads the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Grand Rounds at UPMC Montefiore, a meeting with a visiting professor as well as more than 150 members of the Department’s faculty, residents, fellows, radiologists and others.
8:30 A.M. - ANATOMIC ACL RECONSTRUCTION MEETING: Fu also leads more than 30 researchers in a meeting about anatomic ACL reconstruction at UPMC’s Oakland campus. Lately, much of the discussion has been about Fu and his department receiving a $2.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to compare the outcomes of two types of anatomic ACL reconstruction surgeries, known as anatomic single-bundle surgery and anatomic double-bundle surgery.
10:30 A.M. - MEETING WITH MEDICAL STUDENTS: Fu always makes a point to meet with medical students to educate them about pursing careers in orthopaedic surgery.
NOON - LUNCH: Fu meets his wife, Hilda Pang Fu, at Lulu’s Noodles on Craig Street in Oakland.
1:30 P.M. - BALLET VISIT: As Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre’s head physician, Fu visits the company in the Strip District to check on the professional dancers he sees as patients.
3 P.M. - PATIENT CLINIC: Fu sees all types of patients at the UPMC Center for Sports Medicine. As the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Athletics, Fu frequently treats Pitt football players with Rob Blanc, the team’s head athletic trainer.
4:30 P.M. - INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CALL: As the current president of the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), Fu participates in regular conference calls with ISAKOS executive board members from all over the world. With an upcoming biannual meeting in Rio de Janeiro, ISAKOS is comprised of renowned orthopaedic and sports medicine experts from every continent in the world.
6 P.M. - FACETIME: Fu connects with his grandchildren (who live in NYC) using FaceTime, the iPhone’s video-chat app.
7 P.M. - BASKETBALL: Fu grabs a quick bite to eat in the press room at the Petersen Events Center, then attends a Pitt men’s basketball game with his wife, Hilda.
10 P.M. - HOME: Upon arriving home in Point Breeze, Fu continues to check email, catches up on the news again and also watches the day’s sports highlights. He turns in for bed around 11:30 p.m., although he is always available on his Blackberry and iPhone. He never misses a message.