Kenneth I. Freedman

Dr. Kenneth I. Freedman

Title: Medical Director, SE Territory
Company: Aetna / CVS Health
Location: Plantation, Florida, United States

Kenneth I. Freedman, Medical Director at Aetna/CVS Health, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in medical administration.

In a career spanning three decades, Dr. Freedman has provided superior care in internal medicine and gastroenterology, as well as in medical administration. Since 2018, he has excelled as a medical director of the Southeast territory with Aetna, the managed health care company. In this capacity he develops, implements, supports and promotes population health strategies, tactics, policies, and programs that drive the delivery of high-value healthcare. He serves as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) in gastroenterology and as a physician liaison to the American College of Gastroenterology.

Keenly interested in helping those suffering from addiction, Dr. Freedman has served as treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and as a physician consultant with the Recovery Research Network since 2019. He considers his initiation of a hepatitis C clinic based on a methadone maintenance program for patients with opioid use disorder in 2002 to be a career highlight.

Initially, Dr. Freedman prepared for his career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1983 and a Master of Science in biological sciences from Stanford University in 1984. He continued his education with a medical doctorate from Tel Aviv University in 1989 and then served a residency in internal medicine with Albany Medical College in New York from 1989 to 1992 and a fellowship in the gastroenterology residency program with the University of Connecticut from 1992 to 1994. Dr. Freedman later earned a Master of Business Administration in healthcare from the University of Hartford in 2004.

Dr. Freedman made an impact as a staff physician with the Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital, from 1995 to 1998. On site medical with Community Substance Abuse Centers in Hartford from 1998 to 2003, he was responsible for the evaluation and treatment of patients with opiate dependency, recruited, mentored and supervised staff and developed protocols for nursing-initiated dosage adjustments. From 1999 to 2007, Dr. Freedman served as medical director of Ambulatory Care Services of Connecticut Valley Hospital and as a hospitalist with Middlesex Hospital, both in Middletown.

As chief of medicine with Lemuel Shattuck Hospital in Boston from 2007 to 2013, Dr. Freedman oversaw the scope and quality of all inpatient Department of Medicine clinical care and oversight of all educational programs. During this period, he also served as assistant director of the New England region for the American Society of Addiction Medicine. From 2009 to 2018, Dr. Freedman aided Shattuck Hospital as its chief medical officer, responsible for the scope and quality of all clinical services and educational programs, medical staff governance, credentialing, and external reporting and as a senior clinical representative to Boston teaching hospitals and state clinical leaders.

Dr. Freedman flourished as chair of the Clinical Leadership and Governing Body Board of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Hospitals from 2012 to 2018. As a clinical associate professor of medicine with Tufts University from 2008 to 2015, he lectured in chronic pain and prescription drug abuse and established a new third-year TUSM medicine clerkship in collaboration with Faulkner Hospital. As an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry with the University of Massachusetts Medical School in Worcester from 2009 to 2018 Dr. Freedman established a new second-year population health clerkship and led the mindfulness Physician Leadership Program, Correctional Health Hepatitis C Task Force and Addiction Interest Group and Addiction Research Consortium.

Among Dr. Freedman’s many honors is a performance Recognition Award for LSH Office-Based Opioid Treatment (OBOT) Clinic from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in 2015, an Excellence in Teaching Resident Award from Lemuel Shattuck Hospital, a Performance Recognition Award for LSH TY Residency Program from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and a Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from the National Association of Healthcare Quality. Dr. Freedman attributes his success to his hard work and motivation, and in coming years would like to see himself in a more senior leadership position within healthcare.

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