Michael T. Freehill, M.D. is associate professor in University of Michigan's department of orthopaedic surgery and U-M MedSport. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University, a Sports Medicine fellowship at Stanford University as well as a Shoulder Surgery fellowship at Harvard University.
Dr. Freehill specializes in all disorders of the shoulder & sports-related elbow injuries, including all throwing-related elbow and shoulder injuries, osteochondritis dessicans, and loose bodies. His surgical practice also includes arthroscopy of the shoulder, upper extremity injury and pathology, rotator cuff and shoulder instability, shoulder arthritis, complex shoulder pathology, shoulder arthroplasty and sports medicine.
Clinical outcomes and biomechanics of overhead throwers, sports medicine surgery of the shoulder and elbow (including the ulnar collateral ligament), shoulder instability, cartilage injury and repair and rotator cuff disease.
Dr. Freehill grew up in Phoenix, Arizona. He received his bachelor's degree in Chemistry from the University of San Diego. He was a member of the baseball team while in college and graduated Magna Cum Laude. After his senior season he was drafted by and signed with the California Angels as a pitcher. He played at every level of the minor leagues except rookie ball. He reached the major league 40 man roster for two years with the Angels before requiring shoulder surgery. Following release from the Angels organization, he signed with the Texas Rangers and again reached the Triple A level prior to retiring.
Dr. Freehill received his medical doctorate from Tulane University in New Orleans and performed his orthopaedic residency at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore. Throughout residency and to date he has been involved in both coverage and research with the Baltimore Orioles organization and continues to study the overhead athlete as a passion. As a Chief resident, Dr. Freehill received the Johns Hopkins University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Researcher Award. Secondary to his interest in the shoulder, he decided to pursue both a sports and shoulder fellowship. His sports medicine fellowship was completed at Stanford University under Dr. Marc Safran, followed by a shoulder fellowship at Harvard University with Dr. JP Warner and Dr. Laurence Higgins. His shoulder fellowship also included time in France with two of the worldss top shoulder surgeons; Dr. Gilles Walch and Dr. Laurent Lafosse.
Dr. Freehill spent 4 1/2 years as an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was named Director of Sports Medicine for Wake Forest University Athletics and head team physician, team physician for the minor league Winston-Salem Dash (Chicago White Sox), and Winston-Salem State University athletics. He is the second author on the Neer Award winning paper published in 2014 and has been an AOSSM Traveling Fellow. Additionally, he is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society and member and committee member for AOSSM, AAOS, AANA, and ISOKAS.
He arrives to University of Michigan as an associate professor in the sports medicine and shoulder division. Dr. Freehill is married to Karein Freehill and they have two children Lizzie and Jack.
Medical School or Training
Tulane University School of Medicine, 2005
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Orthopaedic Surgery, MD, 2010
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Stanford University Medical Center, 2011
Orthopaedic Surgery-Shoulder, Harvard Shoulder Service, Massachusetts General Hospital, 2012