Richard S. Freeman, M.D., is a pediatric Ophthalmologist and partner at Northwest Eye in Minnesota, specializing in adult and pediatric eye alignment and the treatment of pediatric eye diseases. He joined Northwest Eye’s respected team of doctors in 1998 after a decade in practice locally.
Dr. Freeman grew up in St. Paul, and received his undergraduate degree in neurobiology from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, followed by his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School. After an internship at Emanuel Hospital in Portland, Oregon, he traveled around the world with his wife, Linda, before completing his ophthalmology residency at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. A fellowship in ocular genetics, pediatric ophthalmology, and advanced strabismus at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute followed. Today, he serves both at the University of Minnesota as a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology and at St. Catherine’s University as the medical director of two training programs.
Dr. Freeman was inspired to pursue a career in medicine by his immigrant grandfather, who felt doctors deserved great respect for what they do, and his oldest brother, who preceded him in his own medical career by five years.
Dr. Freeman is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a decorated member of many medical professional societies including the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), American Academy of Ophthalmology, Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Minnesota Medical Society, and the Twin Cities Medical Society. He has received an award from AAPOS for long term service, and is one of only a handful of doctors in history to be awarded an honorary membership in the AACO. He has been recognized on “Best Doctor” lists for the city, state, country, and world. He is routinely asked to speak at national and international meetings, and has been responsible for many innovations in his field.
In his spare time, Dr. Freeman enjoys spending time with his wife, Linda, a communications professor. Their two grown sons are thriving in their careers of law and medicine. Dr. Freeman is a lifelong Twins, Vikings, and Timberwolves fan. He also enjoys traveling around the world with his family, and has participated in a variety of medical missions in Central America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Dr. Freeman is known for his comic antics, and his vast assortment of colorful, cartoon-inspired ties. He believes that engaging children as valued individuals and fully educating parents are the keys to a successful practice and treatment outcomes. He clearly enjoys his work, and based on the sounds of laughter that constantly surround him at work, his patients clearly enjoy him as well.