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Written by Cara J. Hayden



For decades, surgeons have fastened replacement ligaments in patients’ injured knees in the same way people hang birthday banners—with one tack on each side. However, many ligaments in the human body are naturally attached with two tacks on each side. Since 2003, Pitt surgeon Freddie H. Fu has been pioneering a surgical method called “double bundle” for attaching replacement anterior cruciate ligaments (ACLs) at two points on either side. This and other accomplishments have made him an international leader in orthopaedic surgery. Earlier this year, he was named president of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He’s the David Silver Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine and has been the head team physician for Pitt’s Department of Athletics for more than 20 years.