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New Clinician Spotlight: Jane Freedman

Sep. 8, 2021, 10:34 AM

Jane Freedman, MD

Jane Freedman, MD, has joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center as director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine and physician-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute (VHVI).

“Dr. Freedman is a classic triple threat,” said Kimryn Rathmell, MD, PhD, Hugh J. Morgan Professor and chair of the Department of Medicine. “She is a consummate physician, a rigorous and innovative scientist and a strong mentor. I am excited to see the way the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine grows under her leadership.”

Freedman’s primary research interests include thrombosis, inflammation and cardiovascular disease, immunity and thrombosis and the role of gene and protein expression in precision medicine and in disease.

“I am delighted to be joining the outstanding and talented cardiovascular faculty at VUMC and am looking forward to working with them to provide compassionate patient care coupled with strong scientific inquiry,” Freedman said.

As director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Freedman oversees the division’s research activities, clinical program and fellowship training. Freedman is the first woman to lead the division and one of only a handful of female cardiology chiefs nationwide.

Freedman earned her undergraduate degree from Yale University and medical degree from Tufts University prior to completing a residency at Massachusetts General Hospital and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Freedman has held multiple national leadership roles in the American Heart Association (AHA) and serves as editor-in-chief of Circulation Research, the AHA’s flagship research journal. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and was a charter member of the Acute Neural Injury and Epilepsy study section of the National Institutes of Health, where she has also led multiple workshops. She has published more than 200 papers in medical journals, led multiple scientific studies, and presented invited lectures worldwide.

Patients can be referred to Dr. Freedman by calling the Vanderbilt Heart and Vascular Institute, 615-322-2318.

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