Richard B Freeman
Richard B. Freeman Jr., MD, a veteran transplant surgeon and leading innovator in health care delivery and redesign, is the inaugural Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Freeman comes to the Dell Medical School from Dartmouth Medical School, where he served as Chair of the Department of Surgery. As Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs, he leads the school's pursuit of strategies that seek to redesign health care delivery and create excellence in health care research, transdisciplinary programs and interprofessional education.
Specifically, Dr. Freeman provides strategic leadership, oversight and management in the effort to integrate the local network of physicians and practices with Dell Medical School's efforts to create a model healthy city and community. He is the point of contact with physicians and other care providers, as well as key Dell Medical School partners such as Central Health (Travis County's health care district) and the Seton Healthcare Family.
As surgery chair at Dartmouth, Dr. Freeman oversaw a department offering training and treatment in 11 surgical specialties and seven graduate medical education training programs. He also led both the Tufts-New England Medical Center transplant fellowship program and the Surgical Research Laboratories at the Tufts University School of Medicine. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for New England Organ Bank, as an associate editor for both the American Journal of Transplantation and Liver Transplantation, and as an editorial board member or reviewer for scholarly journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of the American Medical Association. He graduated from Jefferson Medical College in 1983.
His research has focused on genetic differences in immune response, the immunology of liver regeneration, viral infections in transplantation, long-term outcomes after transplants, and policies on the allocation of donor organs. He is the principal investigator on several projects funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the New England Organ Bank.