Pitt, UPMC Sports Medicine Experts Top National List

By Chuck Finder

After taking a survey of what Orthopedics This Week termed the field’s “thought leaders,” the medical publication released on Monday its list of the top 19 sports-medicine specialists in America – and nine of them carry ties to the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC.

Freddie Fu, M.D.
Three of them are the practicing and teaching leaders of Pitt and UPMC Sports Medicine: Freddie Fu, M.D., Christopher Harner, M.D., and James Bradley, M.D. The other six were trained as fellows, residents or, in one case, received his medical degree at Pitt. 

The only other multiple-specialist tandems on this “Orthopedics This Week” list were two from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York and two from the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, which included Pitt School of Medicine graduate, former Pitt resident and onetime UPMC Sports Medicine fellow Neal ElAttrache, M.D.

“Of the 19, nine were trained here – nine here at Pitt,” said Dr. Fu, noting that he along with Drs. Harner and Bradley also came through the Pitt/UPMC Sports Medicine pipeline. “They were residents and they were fellows. It’s quite an honor. It speaks volumes about our clinical work, experience and education.”

The nine, most of whom have made the US News & World Report Top Docs lists previously, are: