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Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

226 Ratings

Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.

Assistant Professor,

Clinical Interests

ACL and Meniscal Injuries, Arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology, Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Instability, Shoulder Arthritis, Complex Shoulder Pathology, Sports Medicine

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Education & Training

  • B.A., University of San Diego, 1994
  • M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, 2005
  • Internship, Medicine, Johns Hopkins Hosp, 2006
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hosp, 2010
  • Fellowship, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Stanford University, 2011
  • Fellowship, Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts Gen Hosp/Brigham, 2012

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Int'l Soc Arthro Knee Surg Ort
  • Am Academy Of Orthopaedic Surg
  • Johns Hopkins Medical & Surgic
  • Little Orthopaedic Club
  • Louisiana State Medical Societ
  • Maj League Baseball Play Alum
  • Maryland Orthopaedics Assoc
  • North Carolina Orthopedic Assn
  • NC State Medical Society
  • Tulane Medical Alumni Assoc
  • Am Coll Of Sports Medicine
  • Am Coll Of Surgeons
  • Am Medical Assn
  • Am Orthpdc Society Of Sports M
  • Anc Order of Hibernians of Am
  • Anthroscopy Assn Of North Amer
  • Assn of Pro B'ball Play of Am
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Premed. Fr
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Assn

NPI Number

  • 1205973898
Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

226 Ratings

Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Interests

Shoulder Joint; Orthopedic Procedures; Scapula; Joint Instability; Range of Motion, Articular
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Recent Publications

Can self-report instruments of shoulder function capture functional differences in older adults with and without a rotator cuff tear?. Vidt ME, Santago AC II, Hegedus EJ, Marsh AP, Tuohy CJ, Poehling GG, Freehill MT, Miller ME, Saul KR.. J Electromyogr Kinesiol. 2016;29():90-99.

Assessments of fatty infiltration and muscle atrophy from a single magnetic resonance image slice are not predictive of 3-dimensional measurements. Vidt ME, Santago AC II, Tuohy CJ, Poehling GG, Freehill MT, Kraft RA, Marsh AP, Hegedus EJ, Miller ME, Saul KR.. Arthroscopy. 2016;32(1):128-139.

The effects of a rotator cuff tear on activities of daily living in older adults: a kinematic analysis. Vidt ME, Santago AC II, Marsh AP, Hegedus EJ, Tuohy CJ, Poehling GG, Freehill MT, Miller ME, Saul KR.. J Biomech. 2016;49(4):611-617.

Quantitative analysis of three-dimensional distribution and clustering of intramuscular fat in muscles of the rotator cuff. Santago AC II, Vidt ME, Tuohy CJ, Poehling GG, Freehill MT, Jordan JH, Kraft RA, Saul KR.. Ann Biomed Eng. 2016;44(7):2158-2167.

Basic shoulder arthroscopy: beach chair patient positioning. Mannava S, Jinnah AH, Plate JF, Stone AV, Tuohy CJ, Freehill MT.. Arthrosc Tech. 2016;5(4):e731-e735.

Basic shoulder arthroscopy: lateral decubitus patient positioning. Jinnah AH, Mannava S, Plate JF, Stone AV, Freehill MT.. Arthrosc Tech. 2016;5(5):.

Presumed testicular rupture during a college baseball game: a case report and review of the literature for on-field recognition and management. Freehill MT, Gorbachinsky I, Lavender JD, Davis RL III, Mannava S.. Sports Health. 2015;7(2):177-180.

Accuracy of long head of the biceps subluxation as a predictor for subscapularis tears. Shi LL, Mullen MG, Freehill MT, Lin A, Warner JJ, Higgins LD.. Arthroscopy. 2015;31(4):615-619.

Arthroscopic transosseous rotator cuff repair: technical note, outcomes, and complications. Black EM, Lin A, Srikumaran U, Jain N, Freehill MT.. Orthopedics. 2015;38(5):e352-e358.

Anatomic shoulder replacement for primary osteoarthritis in patients over 80 years: outcome is as good as in younger patients. Iriberri I, Candrian C, Freehill MT, Raiss P, Boileau P, Walch G.. Acta Orthop. 2015;86(3):298-302.

Acute changes in glenohumeral range-of-motion following in-season minor league pitching starts. Case JM, Mannava S, Fallin JH, Stone AV, Freehill MT.. Phys Sportsmed. 2015;43(4):360-365.

Advanced age diminishes tendon-to-bone healing in a rat model of rotator cuff repair. Plate JF, Brown PJ, Walters J, Clark JA, Smith TL, Freehill MT, Tuohy CJ, Stitzel JD, Mannava S.. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42(4):859-868.

Surgical treatment of isolated type II superior labrum anterior-posterior (SLAP) lesions: repair versus biceps tenodesis. Ek ET, Shi LL, Tompson JD, Freehill MT, Warner JJ.. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014;23(7):1059-1065.

Outcomes evaluation of the athletic elbow. Freehill MT, Mannava S, Safran MR.. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2014;22(3):e25-e32.

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Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests

ACL and Meniscal Injuries, Arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology, Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Instability, Shoulder Arthritis, Complex Shoulder Pathology, Sports Medicine
Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.

Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

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Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.226 Ratings


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Dr. Freehill is an absolute amazing provider.


I have recommended Dr. Freehill to friends. My shoulder is doing much better following my surgery.


Dr. Freehill is the absolute best sports provider there is. My son needed to be seen right away and Dr. Freehill worked him into his schedule and really does have concern and cares for my son. He wants to see him succeed in his college career as a baseball player.


have recommended him and given calling cards to several friends.


I think Dr Freehill is probably one of the best shoulder surgeons in the state of North Carolina.


Dr Freehill is a great doctor, I'm glad he is helping me.


He's the best. Period!


All good. 8. As much as needed. 9. Very.


I can't say enough about the great/excellent care I have received from *Dr. Freehill's whole staff including *Jason Heggerick (PA) and especially *Karen - his nurse. What amazing caring people they are!


Dr. Freehill is an outstanding provider. He is patient and thorough and most importantly listens to his patients


Dr Freehill is great. he really took the time to understand my injury and visited all the possible options. I am confident that the personalized plan he created will get my shoulder back to where I want it to be. Thank you!


I even put a recommendation for him on Facebook! This Dr is more than awesome!!!!


Doctor Freehill is great. He explained what my options ae and spent a lot of time with me. Very, very happy that I got into see him.


Everything reference to provider was good.


Dr. Freehill has truly been a blessing through this procedure and I couldn't ask for better care from a provider.


The surgery *Doc Freehill did on my right shoulder was excellent.


Dr. Freehill is an excellent orthopedic surgeon. I have done extremely well with the right shoulder replacement he did.


dr. Freehill is certainly a very skilled surgeon with engaging bedside manner. I've recovered remarkably well from reverse total shoulder replacement. Have been very pleased with my care from him and his associates.


*Dr. Freehill is OUTSTANDING@


if he would improve his wait time I would recommend him to anyone. He is a great replacement for Dr. Curl.

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