Rush University Provost: Susan L. Freeman, MD, MS

Susan Freeman with Sherine Gabriel

Susan Freeman, Rush University provost and senior vice president, with Sherine Gabriel, Rush University president.

Susan L. Freeman, MD, MS, is the Rush University provost and senior vice president, and The Robert C. and Naomi T. Borwell Presidential Professor. In this role, Dr. Freeman serves as the University’s chief operating officer responsible for coordinating and overseeing the implementation of the University strategic plan and advancing our population health equity mission, while promoting integration with Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) and the Rush University System for Health. Dr. Freeman is exceptionally well suited for this role, with twenty years of physician executive experience in education, research, operations and value-based health care from large, academic, urban settings. Prior to joining Rush University, Dr. Freeman was the Vice Dean, Health Care Systems and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University in Philadelphia, where she also served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Temple University Health System and President of the Temple Center for Population Health.

She integrated and coordinated the academic mission of Temple University with the Temple University Health System from strategic, clinical and business perspectives; developed and taught new medical and graduate school curriculum; initiated inter-professional educational opportunities, oversaw graduate medical education and accreditation; and procured a number of grants focused on improving the education and health of the community. She has worked with national organizations, as well as the Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Departments of Health to develop meaningful policies addressing health care and health care disparities.

Dr. Freeman completed both her residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine. She holds two Master of Science degrees, in preventive and administration medicine from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and in biochemistry from Wayne State University in Detroit. She is a graduate of Michigan State University College of Human Medicine. A Fellow of the American Association of Physician Leadership and a Fellow of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, she has authored papers on thyroid disease, diabetes, consumer driven health plans, patient value, the complexities of addressing food insecurity in an urban population, and health system transformation.

Dr. Freeman was drawn to Rush by the opportunity to participate in ongoing health care transformation through innovative research and education, and the organization’s focus on improving the health and well-being of our surrounding communities.