Julie Ann Freischlag, MD, FACS, vice-chancellor for human health sciences and dean, University of California (UC) Davis School of Medicine, and Past-Chair of the American College of Surgeons Board of Regents, has been elected to the National Academy of Medicine—considered among the highest honors in the fields of health care and medicine.
For more than 15 years, Dr. Freischlag has led education and training programs at medical schools in her role as professor and chair of surgery and vascular surgery departments. Dr. Freischlag also has more than 25 years of experience leading patient-care services as chief of surgery or vascular surgery.
Before joining the UC Davis Health System, she served as professor and chair, surgery department, and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD. At Johns Hopkins, she led initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, improve patient-centered care and patient safety, redesign the surgical training program, and enhance academic career paths for faculty.
The academy, established in 1970 as the Institute of Medicine, is an independent organization of professionals from diverse fields including health and medicine and the natural, social, and behavioral sciences. Read a UC Davis press release announcing Dr. Freischlag’s election.