Karen M. Freund, MD, MPH

Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Karen Freund is an American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professorship. She is Vice Chair of Medicine at Tufts Medical Center and Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Trained as a primary care provider who continues to see her own patients, Dr. Freund has broad understanding of the clinical issues in cancer prevention, care and survivorship. Her research focuses on cancer prevention and control and addressing cancer health disparities. She served as one of the leaders of the NCI and ACS -funded national Patient Navigation Research Program, a multi-site trial investigating the ability of patient navigation to reduce cancer health disparities. This research team demonstrated the broad impact of patient navigation to improve timely and quality care to patients. The research specifically demonstrated that patient navigation can reduce health disparities, closing the gap in quality and timely care for minority patients, low income patients and other vulnerable populations.