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Richard S. Freeman, M.D., is a pediatric ophthalmologist specializing in adult and pediatric eye alignment and the treatment of pediatric eye diseases. He joined our respected team of doctors in 1998 after a decade in practice locally.
Dr. Freeman grew up in St. Paul, and received his undergraduate degree in neurobiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., followed by his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. After an internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Ore., he traveled around the world with his wife, Linda, before completing his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. He then had a fellowship in ocular genetics, pediatric ophthalmology and advanced strabismus at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute. Today, he serves both at the University of Minnesota as a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology and at St. Catherine’s University as the medical director of two training programs.
Dr. Freeman was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by his immigrant grandfather, who felt doctors deserved great respect for what they do, and his oldest brother, who preceded him in his own medical career by five years.
Dr. Freeman is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a decorated member of many medical professional societies including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), American Academy of Ophthalmology, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Minnesota Medical Society and the Twin Cities Medical Society. He recently received an award from AAPOS for long-term service.
In his spare time, Dr. Freeman enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda. Their two grown sons are pursuing careers in law and medicine. Dr. Freeman is a lifelong Twins, Vikings and Timberwolves fan. He also enjoys traveling around the world with his family and has participated in a variety of medical missions in Central America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa.
Dr. Freeman is known for his comic antics and his vast assortment of colorful, cartoon-inspired ties. He believes that engaging children as valued individuals and fully educating parents are the keys to a successful practice and treatment outcomes. He clearly enjoys his work, and, based on the sounds of laughter that constantly surround him at work, his patients clearly enjoy him as well.
Dr. Freeman sees patients at our Maple Grove and Minnetonka locations.