Dr. Michael Freeman is a consultant in forensic medicine and forensic epidemiology. He is a member of the Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine (FFLM) of the Royal College of Physicians in the United Kingdom, and a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology, the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, and the Academy of Forensic Medical Sciences (UK). Dr. Freeman has provided expert testimony more than 1,200 times in a wide variety of civil and criminal cases, including injury and death litigation, automotive and other product liability, toxic tort litigation, life expectancy, and medical negligence cases, as well as in homicide, assault, and other criminal matters.
Dr. Freeman has published around 220 scientific papers, books, and book chapters, primarily focusing on issues relating to forensic applications of epidemiology and general and specific causation. Research and publication topics include traffic crash-related injury and death, injury biomechanics and injury causation, genocide, cancer epidemiology, chronic pain mechanisms, and adult autologous stem cell therapy, among others. Dr. Freeman is the co-editor and co-author of the authoritative text on forensic applications of epidemiology; Forensic Epidemiology: Principles and Practice, published in 2016.
His published 3-step approach has been adopted by U.S. courts as a generally accepted injury causation methodology, as described in the 2016 10th circuit US DCA Etherton decision.
Dr. Freeman is a tenured associate professor of forensic medicine and epidemiology at Maastricht University Medical Center and a joint clinical professor of psychiatry and public health and preventative medicine at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine.
Dr. Freeman holds 6 university degrees, including a doctor of medicine degree from Umeå University in Sweden, a Ph.D. and master’s in public health in epidemiology from Oregon State University, and a master’s of forensic medical sciences with the Academy for Forensic Medical Sciences in the UK, among others. He also holds a diploma of legal medicine with the FFLM in the United Kingdom, and has completed a 2-year fellowship in forensic pathology through Umeå University and the Allegheny County Office of the Medical Examiner. Dr. Freeman is a past Fulbright Fellow with the U.S. Department of State in the area of forensic medicine.