Jacob L. Freedman, MD, is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing medicine in both The Commonwealth of Massachusetts and The State of Israel where he maintains a private practice in Jerusalem. He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, The University of Massachusetts Medical School, and The Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program where he was Chief Resident of Inpatient Psychiatry and the recipient of the Henry G. Altman award for Excellence in Medical Education.
Upon finishing his residency training, Dr. Freedman joined the staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where he worked in both emergency and inpatient settings. Dr. Freedman was charged with aiding in the development of the Integrated Case Management Program at Newton-Wellesley Hospital where he served as the head consulting psychiatrist and led mental health team meetings from 2013-2015.
Dr. Freedman is a Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. At Newton-Wellesley Hospital, he was involved in the supervision and training of physician assistants and medical students, receiving awards for medical education in both 2013-2014 and 2015-2016.
Dr. Freedman has been active as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in the
outpatient setting since 2010. He provides psychiatric services in a variety of
settings including traditional office sessions, in-home visits, and often
utilizes telepsychiatry technology.
After moving to Israel in August 2016, Dr. Freedman completed a 3-month
observership period at Herzog Hospital in Jerusalem and was recognized as a
Specialist in Psychiatry by the Israeli Medical Association. In addition to his
private practice in the Jerusalem area, Dr. Freedman serves as the medical
director of services for English-speakers at Bayit Cham.
Dr. Freedman works as a healthcare and a risk-management consultant and is
active as a business consultant and healthcare executive. He has presented
research at The American Psychiatric Association's annual meeting, given grand
rounds at Harvard Medical School, and is a respected public speaker on topics
spanning medicine, ethics, and Jewish thought. He has published academic
articles as well as creative fiction and poetry in prominent literary magazines.
His non-academic interests include suburban-mountain biking and Middle Eastern
A select bibliography of Dr. Freedman's publications is found below:
- Freedman JL, Ryan CA, Coffey BJ. “Olanzapine-induced agranulocytosis in an adolescent male with psychosis.” Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2011 Apr; 21(2): 185-9.
- Freedman JL. Book Review of “The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Modern World.” American Journal of Psychiatry. 2011 June; 168: 655-656. http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ajp.2011.11010053
- Freedman JL. “The Beauty of Reflex Hammering.” Bellevue Literary Review. 2011 Fall; 11 (2): 150-154. http://blr.med.nyu.edu/content/current/reflexhammering
- Freedman JL. “A Pine Tar Affair.” Psychiatric Times. 2011 November; 28 (11): 50.
- Freedman JL. “My Other Psychopharmacology Professor.” American Journal of Psychiatry: The Residents’ Journal. 2011 December; 6 (12): 12-13.
- Freedman JL. “A Caddy’s Quandary.” Psychiatric Times. 2012 February; 29 (2): 28.
- Freedman JL and Crow FC, Gutheil TG, Sanchez LT, Suzuki J. “Treating a Physician Patient with Psychosis.” Asian Journal of Psychiatry. 2012 June; 5 (2): 193-98. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22813669
- Freedman JL. “The Next Dr. Waldenstrom?” Psychiatric Times. 2012 August; 29 (8): 20.
- Freedman JL, Zimmet SV, Duckworth K, Friedman-Yakoobian M. "Pseudo-ADHD in a Case of First-Episode Schizophrenia: Diagnostic and Treatment Challenges." Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2012 Nov; 20 (6): 309–317. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23216068
- Freedman JL. “From Boxes to Baskets.” Psychiatric Times. 2013 Feb; 30 (2): 29.
- Freedman JL, Gutheil TG. "Sudden Discovery of Previous Non-Clinical Relationships with a Potential Patient: Implications for Subsequent Psychiatric Treatment." Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 2013 March; 21 (2): 102-105. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23656833
- Freedman JL. “My Recent Promotion.” Psychiatric Times. Published online 2014 May.
- Freedman JL. “Not Transference.” The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2014 May 204: 367. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/204/5/367
- Freedman JL. “Aquiline.” The British Journal of Psychiatry. 2014 December 205: 506. http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/205/6/506
- Freedman JL. “Teaching Trainees How to Discern Professional Boundaries.” Current Psychiatry. 2015 June; 14 (6): 72. http://www.mdedge.com/currentpsychiatry/article/99958/practice-management/teaching-trainees-how-discern-professional
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