Gary Freed, D.O.
Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:
B.S. with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Art
College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery at Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA
In practice since:
Pediatrics/Neonatology. After 9 years as a general Pediatrician, I went back and did a Neonatology Fellowship (3 years). In 1996 I started the Apnea Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. I now deal exclusively with infants that are at high risk for sudden unexpected death (ex-preemies, infants that have turned blue, needed CPR, etc.)
How did you choose your specialty?
After medical school I knew I couldn't deal with adults! I went into Pediatrics but missed doing "invasive procedures." Therefore, after 9 years of doing general Pediatrics I went back and did a Neonatology Fellowship thus leading to an interest in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). I then started the Apnea Center to follow infants at risk for SIDS.
What do you like MOST, and like LEAST, about your specialty?
The babies!! I love dealing with infants and know that I am making a difference in someone's life that will have a prolonged effect on that individual for 70-80 years or more.
In your opinion, what attributes are important in anyone choosing this specialty?
Need to love dealing with children AND very anxious parents. I like Neonatology for the procedures that are done (chest tubes, arterial line placements, intubation, etc.). I also like having the control of what is done to the patient. I don't have to hope that a patient will or will not follow my instructions. In the NICU, the patient is pretty much a "captive audience."