Dr. Michael Freedman
Founder and CEO
Dr. Freedman was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. After graduating from Springbrook High School, he moved to Ann Arbor and received his Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Michigan majoring in psychology and biology. He subsequently earned a Masters in Physiology from Georgetown University before enrolling at Hahnemann University Medical School in Philadelphia (now Drexel University).
While there, he led a group which built the largest student-run medical system for the homeless in the country, and was awarded the 807th Daily Point of Light by then-President George Bush.
On graduation from Med School, he also received the following awards: The Daniel Mason Award for Excellence in Cardiology; The Hahnemann Club Award for Academic Excellence, Outstanding Leadership and Loyalty; The Joseph A. Langbord Memorial Prize for Humanitiarism in Medicine; and The Student Affairs Committee Award for Outstanding Service to the Class, the University and the Community.
Dr. Freedman was accepted by his first choice for residency training at Emory University in Atlanta. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine in 3 years, receiving letters of recommendation from some of the most respected physicians in medicine.
In 1997, he became Board Certified in Internal Medicine and moved to Annapolis to join Annapolis Internal Medicine. He has a special interests in Cardiology, Geriatrics and preventive/general wellness — both physical and mental.
George H.W. Bush awarding Dr. Michael Freedman the 807th Daily Point of Light for the Hahnemann Homeless Clinics Project, 1994
Shortly after moving to Annapolis, he joined a small group of docs who were providing health care to people living at the Lighthouse Shelter. This group, founded by Rich Bernstein, MD and Rich Colgan, MD, had recently begun seeing patients one afternoon per week on Clay and Washington street. Shortly after joining, Dr. Freedman became the Medical Director.
While with the Annapolis Outreach Clinic, Dr. Freedman personally grew the number of participating doctors from 12 to over 150. Dr. Freedman added GYN and women’s services, Pediatric clinics, Psychiatric services, Orthopedic and Neurologic clinics, Dermatology clinic and many others and was able to even get these patients free Radiology–including CT scans and MRIs.
Later, Dr. Freedman managed to get AAMC to donate surgical OR time for free and convince the Department of Anesthesia to donate their time as well. He found members of the Surgical services including Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, General Surgery and others to donate up to 10 surgeries per month for free.
Patients were able to be referred to any specialty at AAMC and be seen free of charge now. By 2008, the Annapolis Outreach Clinic was providing over 6,500 patient visits per year free of charge!
In the late fall of 2011, Dr. Freedman stepped down from this leadership position to focus on his personal practice, running Annapolis Internal Medicine and raising his son.
Anne Arundel Medical Center
While at Annapolis Internal Medicine, Dr. Freedman served as the Practice Administrator for over 10 years. Dr. Mike, as many patients call him, continued to see his own patients 7 days a week at AAMC from 1997 until 2008. He was one of the most respected Internal Medicine doctors on staff.
In addition to the above, he also served on the following committees: AAMC Medical Executive Board Strategic Planning Committee, AAMC Medical Executive Board Community Needs Assessment Committee, AAMC Information Technology Advisement Committee, and AAMC’s Strategic Physician Synergy group. In 2007, Dr. Freedman re-certified for the American Board of Internal Medicine.
Evolve Direct Primary Care
In January of 2013, Dr. Freedman founded Evolve Direct Primary Care, later re-branded to Evolve Direct Primary Care. He went on sabbatical for personal reasons and in October 2013, he re-certified for the ABIM again. Since early 2013 he has been using his years of experience, both clinical and managerial, to develop what he believes is the next generation of primary and urgent care. He founded Evolve Direct Primary Care in 2013 and opened their doors for business in July 2014. Since then, Evolve has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades and has been featured in national publications. Dr. Freedman is a member of the National Steering Committee for the DPCC (Direct Primary Care Coalition).