Professor Freeman graduated from medical school in 1988 and pursued higher surgical training in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1997 and Fellowship of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in 2010. He completed two internationally recognised Fellowships in Spinal Surgery; The British Orthopaedic Association National Fellowship in Spinal Surgery (12 months, 1998-1999) Nottingham, UK and The Clinical/Research Fellowship in Spinal Surgery at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Adelaide, Australia (12 months 1999-2000). Research conducted during this Fellowship (2000) led to the award of Doctorate of Medicine to Professor Freeman from the University of Nottingham, UK (2006).
Professor Freeman has been in continuous clinical practice as a Spinal Consultant for 16 years. He commenced as Consultant Spinal Surgeon at Queen’s Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK in 2000. In 2007, he was awarded the position of Special Professor of Spinal Surgery by the University of Nottingham, UK (2007-2010). In 2008 he was appointed Head of Spinal Services at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and Professor of Spinal Surgery at University of Adelaide (2008-present). He was appointed Research Director at the Adelaide Centre for Spinal Research in 2012 and Co-director of the Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research, University of Adelaide in 2012.
Professor Freeman has been awarded 37 national and international prizes for his research and teaching including:
Professor Freeman has published 86 peer-reviewed original publications, 19 book chapters, 151 published abstracts from 217 podium presentations and 96 poster presentations to national and international meetings.
Professor Freeman has supervised to completion: two candidates for Bachelor of Medical Science, two candidates for Master of Surgery and three candidates for Doctorate of Medicine. He is currently supervising 4 PhD candidates. He has acted as External Examiner for the Australian National University (PhD), the University of Capetown (Masters) and the University of Queensland (Masters).
In the last 5 years, Professor Freeman has been supported by AUD $3.2 million from peer review funding bodies including; National Health and Medical Research Council ($581,561), Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research ($971,000), Conquer Paralysis Now ($99,588), Lifetime Support Authority South Australia ($249,928).