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

Doctor Rating

4.6 out of 5

194 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

194 Ratings

Michael Thomas Freehill, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Research Interests

Shoulder Joint; Orthopedic Procedures; Scapula; Joint Instability; Shoulder
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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.

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.194 Ratings


Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
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CP spoke using clear language
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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.


*Dr. Freehill is an exceptionally gifted surgeon - He did an outstanding job on my shoulder I am extremely pleased with the outcome.


*Dr. Freehill is an excellent surgeon.


Very personable and communicated on a level in which I could understand. I appreciate his concern for me and my overall recovery of my shoulder. He actually listened to me! I didn't feel as if he came in the room with his own predetermined answers! Very impressed. Thank you for having such a wonderful Dr available to me.


Doctor was very kind and seemed to truly care about my medical issue and gave the medical reasons and information in order to take care of my shoulder.


*Dr. Freehill is an excellent dr. very kind, respectful and considerate.


Dr. Freehill did a fine job. It was my first visit so I have nothing to compare it with. My only comment is that he seemed to really be hustling that day. I don't think it impacted his care of me at all, but I was thinking that it must be difficult to practice at that pace all day and wondered how good it can be to maintain that kind of pace for long periods of time.


Dr Freehill is wonderful and the resident Dr Beard. Dr Freehill showed courtesy, respect and professionalism during my visit. He also kept me laughing, this is the best appointment I have been too considering my pain which they took care of after a series of test.


Dr. Freehill is an excellent physician. He was very thorough and knowledgable. I received the best care


I already have referred many patients to him!


Dr. Freehill is an excellent, caring doctor he took time to answer all my questions and concerns and explained everything in a way I could understand.


I explaned the problems and Dr. Freehill said it'll be ok


Dr Freehill is a good dr who listens, and treats! He has a very pleasant personality, which is great especially when you have agonizing pain, which I'm pain free, now thanks to Dr. Freehill! Thank you????


I have suffered with this shoulder problem for 9 months, Dr. Freehill listened carefully, empathized and validated my health concerns. I am so appreciative for his help and expertise with this injury. He has helped me in so many ways:accurately diagnosing the injury, ordering PT to help me regain full use of my arm and addressing my chronic pain through a steroid injection. I cannot fully express how thankful I am for his care.


Dr .Freehill and staff are the best and would send my kids to him if they needed his expertise


Came with problems & left with appointments and many questions answered.


Dr. Freehill is the best shoulder provider there is at WFBH.


Dr. Freehill comes highly recommended from from other medical staff that I work with at Wake Health. I found him to be very personable and caring. He took time to answer all my questions. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing ortho surgery.


Excellent service, excellent care


I I love the doctor and his assistant and also he is a student assistant I guess they explained everything and in the future what might happen they were very clear very professional.


Dr. Freehill is a busy guy because he is the best! I have complete confidence in him!


I have recommended numerous patients to Dr Freehill already and will coniniue. His care is superior and his surgical skills are unmatched anywhere else!


All of comp rehab doctors/nurses, x-ray techs have been exceptional!


Staff and doctor were helpful and respectful during the entire process. Thank you.


Providers like Dr Freehill and his clinical support team are excellent advertisement and create loyal patients who will advertise for Dr Freehill and for WFUBMC without your spending "advertising dollars".


Dr. Freehill is the absolute best Ortho provider there is. He treated my son like he was his own. We will defintely refer Dr. Freehill to anyone that needs to be seen. Can not say enough good things about this provider. He is a one in a million provider.


Excellent practice - from check in/check out staff to nursing, surgery scheduling, xray and doctor - everyone is friendly and helpful. I now understand why Dr. Freehill comes so highly recommended.


Could not ask for better service from a provider.


I feel that my medical condition is not a priority for my provider.


I would highly recommend Dr. Freehill. He is very friendly and has great bedside manners. He takes the time to listen and explain.


Dr Freehill is a wonderful doctor. I have recommended him to others.


I was surprised, but grateful, Dr Freehill wanted to see me within days of my surgery. He offered me words of encouragement about surgery and recovery.




You are very fortunate to have such an intelligent, caring physician on staff -


He is an excellent addition to the Orthopedic Department.


Awesome care from Dr Freehill and staff.


I would highly recommend Dr. Freehill to anybody. He took the time to explain the procedure to me, and the recovery time. We mapped out a plan, he was confident it can happen.


I absolutely love Dr. Freehill. I wish other doctors were like him. He genuinely cares about his patients and listens to their concerns.


This doctor is the only doctor that has seemed to find the problem for what I was being seen for, and I have seen several doctors in Charlotte, NC.


Dr Freehill in combination with Physical Therapy staff (McKenzie and Johnson) were fantastic. Results, perfect.


Doctor must have been double booked because he was very late seeing me for my scheduled appointment time, but he took time with me once he could.


I have already recommended to people I know....


Dr Freehill was excellent to work with, he gave my son the best possible care he could have received. My husband and I were very impressed with his concern for our son and the time he took to explain things to not only us but our son about what his options were and the procedure he needed.


The Doctor is very good in understanding the problem and finding solution for it and directing the patient to the right person that can help. But he does not talk enough to the patient and does not explain enough which makes the patient (especially the one who is visiting him for the first time) not comfortable and not satisfied and wondering if he even got the problem. Also he gives the impression that he is in a hurry and does not have the time to listen to the patient. But once you get to know him (like do what he said), and feel better because of his advices, you get a lot of confidence in him. Yet this is not good enough specially that the very first visit is not promising.


you rock dr freehill


My confidence in this physician is unparalleled - I would, I have, referred others to him - #5. No meds.

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