Barry I. Freedman, MD
Barry I. Freedman, M.D., John H. Felts, III, Distinguished Professor of Internal Medicine; Chief, Section on Nephrology
Dr. Freedman received his B.S. from Brooklyn College, CUNY, in 1980 and his M.D. from Downstate Medical Center, SUNY, in 1984. He completed internship and residency training in internal medicine at the Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, followed by a nephrology fellowship at the Wake Forest School of Medicine from 1987-1989. He is board certified in internal medicine and nephrology.
SYNOPSIS OF AREA OF INTEREST: Teaching: Clinical Nephrology; Research: Genetic susceptibility and population ancestry-based differences in susceptibility to kidney disease, atherosclerosis, and type 2 diabetes mellitus; Clinical: General Nephrology, Kidney Transplantation and Cardiovascular Disease.
DETAILED AREA OF INTEREST: Dr. Freedman and his research team have worked at the WFSM for the past 25 years identifying genes associated with complex kidney disease, atherosclerosis, hypertension and type 2 diabetes mellitus. His group, along with colleagues at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and NIDDK first reported the apolipoprotein L1 (APOL1) gene association with a broad spectrum of non-diabetic forms of nephropathy in African Americans. He continues to explore interactions between genetic and environmental factors involved in susceptibility to kidney disease, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.