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Jacob L. Freedman, MD

Jacob L. Freedman, MD

Dr Freedman is a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in the Boston area and a former Chief Resident of Inpatient Psychiatry at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program in Boston.

He is a graduate of The College of William and Mary and The University of Massachusetts Medical School. He has written and lectured on a broad range of topics—spanning psychiatry, professional ethics, and Jewish history—and has also published creative fiction. His clinical interests include first episode psychosis, community psychiatry, integrated therapies, and medical education. His non-academic interests include basketball and Middle Eastern cuisine. He can be most easily reached at: JacobLFreedman@gmail.com

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