Joshua Freeman, MD

KUMC-Professor and Department Chair
Medical School: Loyola-Stritch
Residency: Cook County Hospital, Chicago
Fellowship: Faculty Development, University of Arizona, Tucson




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 the Secretary-Treasurer of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM), and 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.

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

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

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: Mar 24, 2015

Joshua Freeman


Joshua Freeman, MD
KUMC-Professor and Department Chair