CEO, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
“Why I am passionate about women in academic medicine?
I look at how things are accomplished in the best way by using a mosaic—people of different ages, genders, backgrounds, ethnicities, and specialties. Women make up at least half of the new doctors we are training; therefore, encouraging many women to go into academic medicine is critical in order to get the best involved.”
Dr. Freischlag joined Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in April 2017 as chief executive officer. Consistently ranked among the nation’s top 50 medical centers, Wake Forest Baptist includes Wake Forest Baptist Health, a growing, multi-hospital health system and physician network; the state-of-the-art and highly competitive Wake Forest School of Medicine; and Wake Forest Innovations, its technology transfer, commercialization enterprise. As CEO, she has the overall responsibility for the Medical Center’s clinical, academic, and innovation enterprises and its annual operating budget of $2.5 billion. Dr. Freischlag became interim dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine in July 2017 and was formally appointed as dean in February 2018.
She has published more than 250 manuscripts, abstracts, and book chapters. Dr. Freischlag has received numerous teaching awards and an achievement award from the Department of Veterans Affairs, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015. She was selected to the 2017-2018 Best Doctors in America. She was named a Triad Power Player and Most Admired CEO in 2018 and by the Triad Business Journal. In addition to serving in various national and international leadership roles, she has mentored students, residents, and young faculty and is a frequent speaker on topics ranging from her expertise in vascular diseases, teamwork and patient safety, leadership, and work-life balance, to women succeeding in health professions. Dr. Freischlag has dedicated her career to serving as a role model for her students, a respected colleague across health professions, a strong community leader, and a national voice for improving health and health care.
In addition to her responsibilities as CEO and dean, she continues to see patients in the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery and serves on the boards of the Aga Khan University Board of Trustees, University of Illinois Health Advisory Council, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Board of Visitors, the Council of Deans of the American Medical Colleges, and the American Association of Academic Health Centers Board of Directors.
Dr. Freischlag serves on the board of Piedmont Triad Partnership, Winston-Salem Business Inc., Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, and the Winston-Salem Alliance. She is also currently serving as the community campaign chair the March of Dimes March for Babies.