Martin Freeman, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Martin Freeman

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 36
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Alyssa Gagni

Administrative Phone
612-624-9684

Administrative Email
gagni006@umn.edu

Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Division Director, Department of Medicine

Professor of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics


Gastroenterologist


Medical School, Columbia University, New York, NY

Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Summary

Dr. Freeman is chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, and associate director of the advanced pancreaticobiliary endoscopy fellowship at the University of Minnesota. He has trained numerous advanced endoscopists, many of whom have gone on to leadership positions, and has led and participated in numerous courses in Advanced Endoscopy for the ASGE. He was the lead author on three educational DVD's for the ASGE including techniques for biliary access during ERCP, endoscopic therapy of pancreatic disease, and on interventions for necrotizing pancreatitis. He received the Master of Endoscopy Award by the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2012, served as President of the American Pancreatic Association in 2013, then received their lifetime achievement award in 2018, was honored as a Master of the American College of Gastroenterology in 2019 and as Master of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy in 2020 .

Dr Freeman's main clinical and research interests involve pancreatic and biliary disorders, with a focus on interventional endoscopy. Dr. Freeman has published over 30 textbook chapters, and 250 peer reviewed articles, including several index papers for which he was the principal author: a multicenter study on ERCP complications in the New England Journal of Medicine, a multivariable model for prediction of post ERCP pancreatitis in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, guidelines for the management of acute pancreatitis in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and a consensus paper and a systematic review on interventions for necrotizing pancreatitis in the Pancreas, and recently in Gastroenterology . Other research areas include drainage of malignant hilar obstruction and treatment of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, for which he was a contributor to a recently completed multicenter NIH funded randomized trial. Major directions of his clinical interests and research at present include management of severe acute pancreatitis, recurrent acute pancreatitis, pancreaticobiliary cancers, and diagnosis and management of chronic pancreatitis.

Expertise

Clinical and research interests include management of severe acute pancreatitis, recurrent acute pancreatitis, and chronic pancreatitis, and pancreaticobiliary malignancies.

Awards & Recognition

HONORS AND AWARDS FOR RESEARCH WORK, TEACHING, PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT, AND SERVICE

  • Clinical Research and Innovation Award, University of Minnesota Medical Center (2020)

  • Wall of Scholarship (2014)
    Inducted for publication cited >1,000 times in 2/3 indices

External Sources

  • Master of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2020)
  • Master of the American College of Gastroenterology (2019)
  • Mpls.St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2006 - 2021)
  • Minnesota Monthly Top Doctors (2014 - 2021)
  • Vay Liang and Frisca Go Lifetime Achievement Award, American Pancreatic Association (2018)
  • Master Endoscopist Award, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2012)

Professional Associations

  • Fellow, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2009-Present)
  • Honorary Member, New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (2008-Present)
  • Founder and Co-chair, Minnesota Pancreaticobiliary Club (1999-Present)
  • Hennepin County Medical Society (1995-Present)
  • Fellow, American College of Gastroenterology (1995-Present)
  • American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) (1984-Present)
  • Member, American Pancreatic Association (2008-Present)
  • Councilor, American Pancreatic Association (2008-2014)
  • President, American Pancreatic Association (2012-2013)
  • President, Upper Midwest Regional Endoscopic Society (1992-1994)

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Research interests involve pancreatic and biliary disorders, with a focus on interventional endoscopy. Dr. Freeman has published over 30 textbook chapters, and 250 peer reviewed articles, including several index papers for which he was the principal author: a multicenter study on ERCP complications in the New England Journal of Medicine, a multivariable model for prediction of post ERCP pancreatitis in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, guidelines for the management of acute pancreatitis in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and a consensus paper and a systematic review on interventions for necrotizing pancreatitis in the journals Pancreas, and recently in Gastroenterology . Other research areas include drainage of malignant hilar obstruction and treatment of sphincter of Oddi dysfunction, for which he was a contributor to a recently completed multicenter NIH funded randomized trial. Major directions of his clinical interests and research at present include management of severe acute pancreatitis, recurrent acute pancreatitis, pancreaticobiliary cancers, and diagnosis and management of chronic pancreatitis.

Publications

  • Lara LF, Wastvedt S, Hodges JS, Witkowski P, Wijkstrom M, Walsh RM, Singh VK, Schwarzenberg SJ, Pruett TL, Posselt A, Naziruddin B, Nathan JD, Morgan KA, Mitchell R, Kirchner VA, Mokshagundam SL, Hatipoglu B, Gardner TB, Freeman ML, Chinnakotla S, Beilman GJ, Abu-El-Haija M, Conwell DL, Bellin MD; POST study consortium. The Association of Smoking and Alcohol Abuse on Anxiety and Depression in Patients With Recurrent Acute or Chronic Pancreatitis Undergoing Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplantation: A Report From the Prospective Observational Study of TPIAT Cohort Pancreas. 2021 Jul 1;50(6):852-858.

Teaching

Academic Interests and Focus

Dr. Freeman is chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, was medical director of the program for total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation until 2021, and director of the advanced pancreaticobiliary endoscopy fellowship at the University of Minnesota until 2021. He has trained numerous advanced endoscopists, many of whom have gone on to leadership positions around the United States and abroad, and has led and participated in numerous courses around the world.

Clinical

Clinics

Pancreas and Biliary Clinic

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine, Gastroenterology

Clinical Interests

Clinical interests include management of severe acute pancreatitis, recurrent acute pancreatitis, pancreaticobiliary cancers, and diagnosis and management of chronic pancreatitis. Dr. Freeman sees patients at M Health Fairview Clinics and Surgery Center - Minneapolis and M Health Fairview University of Minnesota Medical Center, and performs procedures at those locations and at Masonic Childrens Hospital.