Dr. Tom Freeman
London, ON - 2023

After earning his doctorate in 1976, Dr. Tom Freeman embarked on a journey of practising comprehensive family medicine lasting more than 40 years.

Dr. Freeman has been a full-time faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University since 1989 and was appointed professor emeritus in May 2019. He remains active as a research adjunct professor at the Centre for Studies in Family Medicine at Western University. He was a visiting scholar in 2013 at the Robert Graham Center: Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care in Washington, D.C.

He has given plenary addresses in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, and Turkey. Dr. Freeman received an Award of Excellence from the CFPC in 2008, and from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry the Dean’s Award for Lifetime Achievement from Western University in 2020.

His current research focuses on the nature and outcomes of common symptoms in family practice, vaccine data quality, and virtual care. Dr. Freeman has written articles for Canadian Medical Association Journal and Canadian Family Physician, co-authored Patient-Centred Medicine: Transforming the Clinical Method, and wrote McWhinney’s Textbook of Family Medicine(4th ed).


Lifetime Achievement in Family Medicine Research Award

These awards honour individuals who are trailblazers and leaders in family medicine research, and who have made a significant career contribution to family medicine research during their active career years. These awards give public recognition to both their work and to the discipline of family medicine.