Deborah Freeland, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in geriatrics with a focus on home-based primary care, advance care planning, intergenerational programming, and aging policy.

Dr. Freeland earned her medical degree at UT Southwestern Medical School. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and then returned to UT Southwestern for advanced training through a fellowship in geriatrics.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2021.

Dr. Freeland is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Home Care Medicine, the American College of Physicians, and the American Geriatrics Society (AGS). She’s also a member of the AGS Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs (ADGAP) Combined Medicine-Geriatrics Pathway Work Group and a leader in the National Home-Based Primary Care Learning Network, which seeks to improve the quality of care for homebound older adults.

She is also active in medical student, resident, and fellow training and co-leads an elective course that offers students early exposure to caring for older adults in the home and hospital settings.

She has delivered numerous lectures and presentations related to her areas of expertise.

In 2020, she received the Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education Program Award.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - UT Southwestern Medical School (2013-2017)
  • Residency - Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center (2017-2020), Internal Medicine
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2020-2021), Geriatric Medicine
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Home Care Medicine
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Geriatrics Society
  • Society of General Internal Medicine
Honors & Awards
  • Randy Barker Medical Group Award 2020, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Program Award 2020, Johns Hopkins Institute for Excellence in Education
  • Primary Care Consortium Outstanding Primary Care Resident 2019, Johns Hopkins University
  • Howard K. Rathbun Award for Clinical Excellence 2018, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Schein Medical Student Award in Geriatric Medicine 2017, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Scholarship Recipient 2015-2017, Dallas Woman’s Club
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society 2016
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society 2013
  • Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society 2010
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Home-based primary care
  • Advance care planning
  • Intergenerational programming
  • Aging policy
  • Medical Education

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