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Meet Rachel Freedman

Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers, Medical Oncologist

Rachel Freedman

Describe your role here. What's a typical day like?

I am a medical oncologist in the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers. I spend about half of my time seeing patients with breast cancer and the other half doing research. My research focuses on the care of vulnerable patient populations. I also conduct clinical trials with promising treatments in breast cancer. My typical 'clinical' day is spent on Yawkey 9 seeing patients, and my typical 'research' day consists of various meetings with my research teams, managing clinical trials, and writing papers, grants, and clinical trial protocols.

What is your educational background?

I went to college at the University of Michigan, medical school at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and then came back to Boston (I grew up on the North Shore) for my medical training. I also received a master's degree in public health at Harvard School of Public Health during my oncology fellowship at Dana-Farber.

How does your role contribute to the mission of Dana-Farber?

Alongside my colleagues, I strive to take great care of patients with breast cancer and to provide them with compassionate and state-of-the-art treatment. I am also deeply committed to research, advancing the field of cancer forward, and improving the care we deliver to all patients.

What is most rewarding about your work here?

I love the team-based and patient-centered approach that Dana-Farber offers. My colleagues are not only great people but are incredibly intelligent and collaborative. We motivate each other to do better and to take the best possible care of our patients.

What do you do for fun in your spare time?

I am the mother of two young boys and spend essentially all of my free time with my family. I also love to ski, jog, play Scrabble, and spend time with close friends.

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