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Gary Freed

Gary Freed, D.O.Name:

Gary Freed, D.O.


Undergrad Institution; Degree and Major:

B.S. with a major in Biology and minors in Chemistry and Art

Medical School:

College of Osteopathic Medicine & Surgery at Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA

In practice since:


Your Specialty:

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."

Hobbies/special interests:

  • Bicycle riding
  • Hiking
  • Cooking breads
  • 50's-60's music (I have an extensive collection of over 2,000 oldies from the mid-to-late 50's until the mid-to-late 60's.)