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For Release: April 14, 2010
David Corriveau, Media Relations Officer, Dartmouth Medical School, at or 603-653-0771

Freeman named to Allyn Professorship

Richard B. Freeman Jr., M.D.

Hanover, N.H.—During its April meeting, the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees approved the appointment of Richard B. Freeman, Jr., M.D., to the William N. and Bessie Allyn Professorship of Surgery at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS).

A veteran transplant surgeon and medical educator who joined the DMS faculty as chair of the Department of Surgery in January of 2010, Freeman becomes the third occupant of the Allyn chair. William G. Allyn endowed the professorship in 1984, in honor of his father – founder of Welch Allyn, which manufactures medical diagnostic equipment – and his mother.

Freeman earned his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College in 1983. During his seven years of postdoctoral training with the Harvard Surgical Service at New England Deaconess Hospital in Boston, he spent a year as chief resident and also did a fellowship in transplantation. In 1990, he joined the faculty of Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he worked as a staff surgeon, contributed to the redesign of the curriculum, led surgical education, and, most recently, served as vice chair of surgery and directed the Surgical Research Laboratories. He also directed the transplant fellowship program at Tufts Medical Center and conducted research ranging from genetic differences in the immune response to policies on the allocation of donor organs.

In addition, he has served on the board of trustees of the New England Organ Bank and as associate editor of the American Journal of Transplantation and has been named to America's Top Surgeons and Best Doctors in America multiple times.

The Allyn Chair was previously occupied by Robert Critchlow, M.D., and Michael Mayor, M.D.; Mayor became emeritus holder of the chair upon Freeman's appointment.


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