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Cedarhurst Doc New Head of Sports Medicine at Mercy

Dr. Eric Freeman is also physician for Hewlett High School.

A Cedarhurst doctor who worked on the sidelines with the Pittsburgh Steelers has been promoted to the head of Mercy Medical Center’s sports medicine and orthopedic surgery department.

Dr. Eric Freeman, of Roslyn, works out of the and has also served as the school physician at for 13 years.

“It’s a good promotion,” he told Patch. “It’s a progressive hospital with an exciting opportunity to bring minimally invasive orthopedic surgery to the community.”

Freeman’s practice in Cedarhurst will remain identical, he said, but his patients will now have better access to the Rockville Centre hospital’s resources.

“Dr. Freeman’s unique experience and expertise will further enhance Mercy Medical Center’s well-established leadership in orthopedic care,” said Dr. Aaron Glatt, of Woodmere, the hospital’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer. “His appointment will enable Mercy to broaden our offerings in arthroscopic and other minimally-invasive orthopedic procedures.”

The new position gives Freeman access to Mercy’s resources for minimally invasive surgeries for injuries such as torn ligaments, he said. Procedures will utilize small incisions with dissolving stitches and a catheter to pump Novocain to provide relief when a patient is discharged.

Freeman received his medical degree from Northwestern University Medical School. He completed a fellowship in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine at Orthopaedic Research of Virginia. During his fellowship, he served as associate physician with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“My background is taking care of the weekend warrior through the professional athlete,” he said. “The best thing about my practice is on a daily basis I can see patients from 1 year to 99 years old with various injuries, not just sports medicine. The diversity of the patients I see make it so rewarding to come back to the office on a daily basis.”

Jonah Myers March 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM
I was referred to doctor freeman by my pediatrician for my son who had broken his wrist. He was terrific and caring. This is a big addition for Mercy which appears to be up and coming. Make sure you treat this doctor well.
Stephen J. Bronner March 15, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Great to hear!
Jason Katz March 15, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Dr. Freeman is hands down the most thoughtful and caring MD our family has ever encountered. His patient follow-up is remarkable.
Tina Cohen March 15, 2012 at 09:33 PM
After having seen 2 doctors for a knee injury and being disappointed when I was told I "had" to have surgery I was referred to Eric Freeman by my friend Mona. Dr. Freeman looked at all the records and concluded that no surgery was necessary. He was right- I went back to running marathons 2 months later. In this day and age of hungry surgeons with a cut first attitude he is a refreshing change and a gem. I recently hurt my shoulder and he operated on me for a labral tear and the results have been awesome. He is a great surgeon and a down to earth approachable doctor- unheard of. When my son hurt himself on a Sunday night I called him and he has this service which bypasses the waiting for an answering service and connects right to him. Mercy should realize how lucky they are to have brought in Freeman. He will single handedly change the culture and perception of the hospital.
Myron Goldstein March 18, 2012 at 11:27 AM
This is terrific news for Mercy Medical Center. I have been ambivalent about utilizing Mercy services for years. The reputation, quite frankly, has not been the best. Dr. Freeman is a trusted "family" doctor who has operated on 6 body parts in my family and placed 5 casts on my kids.In all circumstances we have had a positive experience and great results. If he places his endorsement on the hospital that is good enough for me. I will go wherever he is.

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