School of Medicine professor Hogan picked to succeed Freddie Fu at Pitt and UPMC

MaCalus V. Hogan — a professor of orthopaedic surgery in the School of Medicine, with secondary appointments in the Swanson School’s Department of Bioengineering and the Katz Graduate School of Business — has been selected to succeed Freddie Fu as chair of Pitt’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and chair of orthopaedic surgery at UPMC.

Fu, who led the departments from 1998 to his death in September 2021, was an internationally renowned orthopaedic scientist and surgeon who helped revolutionize anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction and was extoled specifically for his scientific research and clinical expertise in treating ACL injuries, common in athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Hogan was recruited to Pitt and UPMC by Fu in 2013.. Hogan also has been serving as the chief of foot and ankle surgery at UPMC, vice chair of education and residency program director in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UPMC. He was the founder and director of the Foot and Ankle Injury Research (F.A.I.R.) group at Pitt, within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He serves as a foot and ankle consultant for the athletic departments at the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, and Robert Morris University. He is the assistant team physician for Point Park University, including the Conservatory of Performing Arts, and the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, and also serves as the foot and ankle consultant for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins as part of the UPMC Sports Medicine Institute.

“The appointment of an individual to replace the ‘irreplaceable’ Dr. Freddie Fu is a decision that required great consideration. After a lengthy and very deliberate selection process, Dr. Hogan was clearly the preferred choice to not only build upon Dr. Fu’s legacy, but also lead the department into new territories for the future,” Anantha Shekhar, Pitt’s senior vice chancellor for the health sciences, said in a news release. “His commitment to building a diverse environment at Pitt/UPMC and growing the academic excellence in musculoskeletal research made him the ideal next chair.”

Originally from Muscle Shoals, Ala., Hogan completed his undergraduate studies at Xavier University of Louisiana with a B.S. in biochemistry and minor in biology. He received his medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia Health System in Charlottesville, Va., which included a National Institutes of Health Clinician Scientist fellowship year with a focus in musculoskeletal tissue repair and regeneration. He completed his foot and ankle fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where he served as a consultant for the New York Ballet Company, American Ballet Theatre, and several collegiate and professional sports teams. In 2018, Dr. Hogan also earned an executive master of business administration in health care at the Katz Graduate School of Business.