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Dr. Harold Freeman

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Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Oncologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1933
Birth Location:
Washington, District of Columbia

Profession

Category:
MedicalMakers
Occupation(s):
Oncologist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Yellow
Favorite Food:
Corn
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Caribbean
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
3/2/1933
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Harold Freeman, M.D., the preeminent authority on the subject of poverty and cancer, was born on March 2, 1933, in Washington, D.C. Freeman attended Washington D.C.'s Catholic University and continued his studies at Howard University Medical School.

After graduation, Freeman moved to New York to complete his residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, beginning his medical career at Harlem Hospital Center in 1967. At the Harlem Hospital Center, Freeman was shocked to learn that the majority of his patients had hopelessly advanced cases of cancer. Freeman set out to determine the cause of higher mortality rates of these African Americans and to reduce the race and income related disparities in health care.

In 1979, Freeman established two free breast- and cervical-cancer-screening centers in Harlem in order to improve the chances of early detection. He authored the landmark report, "Cancer in the Economically Disadvantaged," which established the links between poverty and excess cancer mortality. Freeman was national president of the American Cancer Society from 1988 to 1989, is the chief architect of its Initiative on Cancer and the Poor, and was honored in 1990 by the American Cancer Society with the creation of a special award in his name.

Freeman was the director of the Department of Surgery for twenty-five years at Harlem Hospital Center (1974-1999). Currently, Dr. Freeman is professor of clinical surgery at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Freeman is chairman of the U.S. President's Cancer Panel, a position he has held since 1991, and was appointed as director of the National Cancer Institute's Center for Reducing Health Disparities in 2000.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Harold Freeman details his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Harold Freeman recalls his paternal grandfather and his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Harold Freeman relates how his parents met
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Harold Freeman remembers his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Harold Freeman discusses his parents' compatibility
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Harold Freeman lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Harold Freeman recalls his involvement in tennis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Harold Freeman expresses the importance of his religious upbringing
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Harold Freeman describes his childhood community
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Harold Freeman remembers his elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Harold Freeman considers the effect of his father's death on his family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Harold Freeman describes himself as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Harold Freeman illustrates his relationship with his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Harold Freeman remembers a neighbor who became a mentor after his father died
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Harold Freeman compares his relationship with his elder brothers and a neighbor
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Harold Freeman describes himself as a teenager
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Harold Freeman recalls a black school counselor who warned students to lower their goals--a devastating experience
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Harold Freeman recounts his experiences at Catholic University of America
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Harold Freeman recalls his years at Howard Medical School and his choice to become a surgeon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Harold Freeman recounts his residency and early marriage
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Harold Freeman remembers his transition to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Medical Center
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Harold Freeman remembers Arthur Holleb, his mentor at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the American Cancer Society
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Harold Freeman continues to recall his mentor, Arthur Holleb
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Harold Freeman describes his medical training as "encapsulated" from the huge events of the times
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Harold Freeman discusses the white medical students at Howard
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Harold Freeman discusses the increasing public attention paid to cancer by 1970
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Harold Freeman talks about Richard Nixon's "War Against Cancer" and his own choice to focus on breast cancer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Harold Freeman describes Harlem Hospital in the late 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Harold Freeman recounts the beginnings of his research on poverty and cancer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Harold Freeman details the links between poverty and cancer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Harold Freeman discusses the links between culture and disease
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Harold Freeman details the intersections of racism, power, and health problems
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Harold Freeman explains why black women have a lower incidence but higher death rate with cancer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Harold Freeman proposes solutions to the disparity in cancer death rates by race
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Harold Freeman discusses his future plans
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Harold Freeman discusses "third-world communities" in the U.S.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Harold Freeman reflects on his life and career
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Harold Freeman considers his legacy