Freed Honored by State Pediatrics AssociationNovember 21, 2022
Gary Freed, DO, FAAP, FACOP, a member of the PCOM Georgia Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) clinical education department, received the Leila D. Denmark Lifetime Achievement
Award from the Georgia chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday, November
18. The award recognizes his lifetime of work and contributions to the pediatric profession
and is the highest award the Georgia chapter bestows.
The award is named after Leila Daughtry Denmark, MD, one of the first women pediatricians
in Georgia who was among the oldest known practicing physicians until her retirement
at the age of 103, after 73 years in practice. She died at the age of 114 in April
2021. Award winners are selected by a nominating committee of their peers in recognition
of their accomplishments, according to the association's Michelle Hudson.
Dr. Freed, who retired from Emory University School of Medicine in 2017 and began
teaching at PCOM Georgia two days later, is the first Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine to receive this honor in the state.
Dr. Freed served as a professor of pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine
for 26 years. He also served as the pediatric clerkship director at Emory University
School of Medicine for 15 years and as a participant in Emory's “Problem Based Learning
Curriculum“ for a decade.
Before his retirement from clinical medicine, Dr. Freed was considered one of the
leading “experts” on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and Safe Sleep in Georgia
by the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics due to his 30 years of
work in this area. During his neonatology fellowship training at Robert Wood Johnson
in Camden, New Jersey, he conducted research and worked with the program head at one
of the only SIDS clinics in southern New Jersey. After graduating, he accepted a position
as the clinical director of the American SIDS Institute in Atlanta in 1987.
He then worked through Emory University School of Medicine as the director of the
term and intermediate care nurseries at Grady Memorial Hospital. He soon established
an outpatient clinic to follow the babies who had advanced from the neonatal intensive
care unit at the Emory system of nurseries. Soon, other neonatologists began sending
their babies to the clinic for follow-up and a statewide program for children experiencing
infant apnea began.
“PCOM is blessed to have Dr. Freed as a faculty member,” Donald W. Penney, MD, MSc, FACEP, said. The chair of clinical education at PCOM Georgia, he added, “Through his lifelong
work with the SIDS Foundation and his wise counsel to his patients and their families,
his residents and his students, I can postulate the vast number of SIDS deaths that
have been prevented.”
Dr. Freed earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Pittsburgh, before
earning a medical degree at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University.
He completed a residency in pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia,
and then a neonatology fellowship.
He has earned additional awards and honors including the 2014 Joseph Snitzer Award
for Clinical Excellence, the 1996 Pediatric Teacher of the Year award at Emory University
School of Medicine and Emory Academic Teaching Awards in 2000 and 2001.
To learn more about Dr. Freed’s work, listen to a PCOM Perspectives podcast as he discusses Sudden Infant Death Syndrome with President Jay S. Feldstein, DO.
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About PCOM Georgia
Established in 2005, PCOM Georgia is a private, not-for-profit, accredited institute of higher education dedicated
to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgia, campus is affiliated with Philadelphia
College of Osteopathic Medicine, a premier osteopathic medical school with a storied
history. PCOM Georgia offers doctoral degrees in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, and
physical therapy and graduate degrees in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory science,
and physician assistant studies. Emphasizing "a whole person approach to care," PCOM
Georgia focuses on educational excellence, interprofessional education and service
to the wider community. For more information, visit pcom.edu/georgia or call 678-225-7500. The campus is also home to the Georgia Osteopathic Care Center,
an osteopathic manipulative medicine clinic, which is open to the public by appointment.
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