Dr. Michael D. Freeman
Consultant in Forensic Medicine
Forensic Research + Analysis
Dr. Michael Freeman is the senior scientist and director of FR+A. Dr. Freeman is a consultant in forensic medicine and forensic epidemiology, working in civil, criminal, and academic venues. He has provided expert testimony more than 1,200 times in a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, including injury and death litigation, automotive and other product liability, toxic tort litigation, life expectancy, and medical negligence cases, as well as in homicide, assault, and other criminal matters.
Dr. Freeman has published more than 220 scientific papers, books, and book chapters, primarily focusing on issues relating to forensic applications of epidemiology and general and specific causation. He has published research on the topics of traffic crash-related injury and death, injury biomechanics and injury causation, genocide, cancer epidemiology, chronic pain mechanisms, and adult autologous stem cell therapy, among others. Dr. Freeman is the co-editor and co-author of the authoritative text on forensic applications of epidemiology; Forensic Epidemiology: Principles and Practice, published in 2016.
His 3-step approach to injury causation investigation has been adopted by U.S. courts as the generally accepted methodology, as described in the 2016 10th circuit US DCA Etherton decision.
Dr. Freeman is a tenured professor of forensic medicine and epidemiology at Maastricht University Medical Center and a joint clinical professor of psychiatry and public health and preventive medicine at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine. Dr. Freeman is credentialed as a member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM) of the Royal College of Physicians (UK). He serves as an Affiliate Medical Examiner with the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office in Pittsburg, PA, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the American College of Epidemiology, and the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences (UK). Dr. Freeman is a past Fulbright Fellow with the U.S. Department of State, in the area of forensic medicine, and holds a diploma of legal medicine (DLM) with the Royal College of Medicine, Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Freeman holds 6 university degrees, including a doctor of medicine degree (Med. Dr.) from Umeå University in Sweden, a Ph.D. and master’s degree (MPH) in epidemiology from Oregon State University, and a master’s degree in forensic medical sciences from the University of Verona (MScFMS). He has completed a 2-year fellowship in forensic pathology through Umeå University and the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner.
Dr. Freeman's curriculum vitae can be downloaded here.