John M. Freeman

Dr. John M. Freeman, an internationally renowned Johns Hopkins pediatric neurologist and expert in pediatric epilepsy who had also been a medical ethicist, died Friday, January 3, 2014. Dr. Freeman was instrumental in the founding and success of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics. Read More: The Berman Institute Mourns and Honors Dr. John Freeman, Founder of the Johns Hopkins Ethics Committee

John M. Freeman, MD, was the Lederer Professor Emeritus of Pediatric Epilepsy and Professor of Neurology and Pediatrics. A graduate of Amherst College and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, he was trained in both pediatrics and neurology. He initiated the Division of Pediatric Neurology at  Hopkins in 1969, stepped down as Director in 1992. He was the Director of the Division of Pediatric Epilepsy from 1972-2002 and Director of the Birth Defects Clinic at Johns Hopkins 1969-1992. During this time, he became engaged in the discussions of the selection process proposed for children with spina bifida. This experience led him into other ethical discussions regarding newborns with congenital defects, the right to life, death and dying, etc. Dr. Freeman was the creator and first chair of the Johns Hopkins Ethics Committee and chair of the bioethics search committee. He was a core faculty member of the Berman Bioethics Institute. He co-authored Tough Decisions: A Casebook in Bioethics (Oxford University Press 1987, 2002) and is the author of a number of articles in the field of bioethics



AM, Amherst College
MD, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Intern and Resident in Pediatrics, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Fellow in Pediatric Neurology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center

Recent Publications:

1: Freeman JM. Rationing and reality. Hastings Cent Rep. 2011 Nov-Dec;41(6):4-5;
author reply 6. PubMed PMID: 22238892. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22238892

2: Freeman JM, Kossoff EH. Ketosis and the ketogenic diet, 2010: advances in
treating epilepsy and other disorders. Adv Pediatr. 2010;57(1):315-29. Review.
PubMed PMID: 21056745. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21056745
3: Freeman JM. Seizures, EEG events, and the ketogenic diet. Epilepsia. 2009
Feb;50(2):329-30. PubMed PMID: 19215282. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19215282

4: Freeman JM. The ketogenic diet: additional information from a crossover study.
J Child Neurol. 2009 Apr;24(4):509-12. Epub 2009 Feb 2. PubMed PMID: 19189929.

5: Marsh EB, Newhart M, Kleinman JT, Heidler-Gary J, Vining EP, Freeman JM,
Kossoff EH, Hillis AE. Hemispherectomy sustained before adulthood does not cause
persistent hemispatial neglect. Cortex. 2009 May;45(5):677-85. Epub 2008 Nov 7.
PubMed PMID: 19059587. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19059587

6: Freeman JM, Vining EP, Kossoff EH, Pyzik PL, Ye X, Goodman SN. A blinded,
crossover study of the efficacy of the ketogenic diet. Epilepsia. 2009
Feb;50(2):322-5. Epub 2008 Aug 19. PubMed PMID: 18717710.