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PCOM Georgia’s Gary Freed, DO, Honored for Contributions to Medicine

SUWANEE, Ga., November 21, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Gary FreedDO, FAAP, FACOPmember of the PCOM Georgia Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine clinical education department, received the Leila D. Denmark Lifetime Achievement Award from the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics on Friday Nov 18. This recognition is the highest honor bestowed by the department and honors his lifelong work and contributions to pediatrics. For the full story, click here.

The prize is named after Leila Daughtry DenmarkMD, one of the first female pediatricians in Georgia who was one of the oldest known practicing physicians until her retirement at the age of 103, after 73 years in practice.

Dr. Freed, who has retired Emory University School of Medicine in 2017 and started teaching at PCOM Georgia two days later, it is the first Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine to receive this honor in the state.

Bee Emory University School of MedicineDr. Freed was a professor of pediatrics for 26 years and the director of pediatrics for 15 years.

Before he retired 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 for his 30 years of work in this field. During his fellowship training in neonatology with Robert Wood Johnson in Camden, New Jersey, he researched and worked with the program director at one of the few SIDS clinics in southern New Jersey. After graduating, he accepted a position as clinical director of the American SIDS Institute Atlanta in 1987.

Dr. Freed then continued to work Emory University School of Medicine as director of the terminal and intermediate care nurseries at Grady Memorial Hospital. He soon established an outpatient clinic to monitor the babies who had progressed from the neonatal intensive care unit at the emory childcare system. Soon other neonatologists began sending their babies to the clinic for follow-up, and a statewide program for children with infant apnea began.

PCOM Georgia is a private, non-profit, accredited higher education institution dedicated to the healthcare professions. The Suwanee, Georgiacampus is affiliated with Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and offers doctorates in osteopathic medicine, pharmacy and physical therapy and graduates in biomedical sciences, medical laboratory sciences and physician assistant studies. pcom.edu


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