Joshua Freeman, MD

KUMC-Endowed Professorship; Department Chair




Cook County Hospital, Chicago


Faculty Development, University of Arizona, Tucson

Dr. Freeman is the Alice M. Patterson, MD, and Harold L. Patterson, MD Professor and Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Chief of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Hospital, and is also Professor of Preventive Medicine and Public Health and of Health Policy and Management. He serves nationally as a member of the Board of Trustees of Roosevelt University in Chicago. He is Assistant Editor of the journal Family Medicine, is on the Board of Southwest Boulevard Family Care, and has previously served as Treasurer of the Association of Departments of Family Medicine (ADFM), and on the Boards of the REACH Healthcare Foundation and Physicians for Reproductive Health and Choice. He is co-faculty advisor for the JayDoc Student-run Free Clinic, and for the Community Leadership track longitudinal elective. He served as Chair of the Steering Committee for Curricular Change (2003-05), and is a charter member of the School of Medicine's Academy of Medical Educators.

Dr. Freeman was a Fulbright Scholar in São Paulo, Brazil in 2003, and consults there frequently on establishment of family medicine in that country. In 2007-08, Dr. Freeman completed the joint American Council on Education fellowship to train leaders in higher education and the STFM Foundation Bishop Fellowship. His host institution was the University of New Mexico, where his mentor was Paul Roth, MD, Dean of the Medical School and Executive Vice President for Health Sciences. He received the STFM's highest honor, the Recognition Award, in 2006. He served nationally as secretary/treasurer for STFM in 2012.

Dr. Freeman is a graduate of the Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago, and completed his Family Medicine residency at Cook County Hospital, and a Faculty Development Fellowship and General Preventive Medicine residency at the University of Arizona. Prior to coming to KUMC in 2002, he previously served as Residency Program Director and Interim Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, and at Cook County Hospital in Chicago where he was also on the faculty of the University of Illinois Schools of Medicine and Public Health. His research interests include medical education, faculty development and curricular innovation, and health care for underserved populations.


Recent Honors and Awards

2012 - Charter member, Academy of Medical, Educators, KU School of Medicine

2012 - Alice M. Patterson, MD and Harold L. Patterson, MD Professor, KUSOM

Recent Publications

Iroku-Malize T, Matson C, Freeman J, McGrew M, David A, "Interprofessional Education." editorial, doi: 10.1370/afm.1523, Annals of Family Med March/April 2013 vol. 11 no. 2 188-189

Freeman J. "Assessment of Clinical Skills: Not just for interns anymore." editorial in Family Medicine, Jun2013;45(6);385-6.

Freeman J, McGrew M. "Producing Family Physicians: What is within and outside of our control? Annals of Fam Med, Mar-Apr 2012.

Freeman J, Kaufman A, Barron M, "Health Extension Services", Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL),, April 27, 2012.

Recent Presentations

"Social Justice, Health and Health Care in the US", Family Medicine Grand Rounds, UTMB, Galveston TX, March 6, 2014
"Writing for Family Medicine", presented at University of North Texas Faculty Development Program, Fort Worth TX, March 23, 2013

"The Big Picture: Social Justice and Health, and Health Care, in the US", Morris Goldberg Memorial Lecture, Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, IL, April 3, 2013.

"Social determinants key to the future of Primary Care", Colorado Community Health Network, Denver, April 29, 2013.

Washington, J, Davis-Smith M, Gonsalves W, Freeman J, "Encouraging minority medical students to enter family medicine", STFM Medical Student Education Conference, Long Beach, CA, Feb 3, 2012

Delzell J, Freeman J, "The inter-professional teaching clinic", ADFM Winter Meeting, Rancho Mirage, CA, Feb 24, 2012.

Freeman J, Kaufman A, Koukel S, Murray D, Nkouaga C, Rennekamp R, "Health extension: cooperative extension and medical extension creating a win-win collaboration", Priester National Health Extension Conference, Washington DC, April 12, 20-12.

Freeman J, "Health reform, the health of the public, and Family Medicine", Primary Care Access Conference, Carlsbad, CA, April 16, 2012.

Freeman J, Kaufman A, Pearce K, Fagnan L, Wellever A, Murray DA, "Health Extension Services: Development in four states and the creation of a 4-state collaborative model", STFM Annual Conference, Seattle, April 2012.

Washington J, Davis-Smith M, Freeman J, Gonsalves W, "Empowering Minority Faculty to Inspire Future Family Physicians, STFM Annual Conference, Seattle, April 2012.

Last modified: Aug 12, 2016

Joshua Freeman


Joshua Freeman, MD
KUMC-Endowed Professorship; Department Chair