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Dr. C. Freeman, psychiatry residency program director at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, will become the fifth female president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association on June 21. Never in its history has the organization elected an African-American president.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is pleased to congratulate C. Freeman MD, MBA, director of the University’s recently accredited Psychiatry Residency Training Program, on her historic appointment as the first every African-American president and, by proxy, first African-American female president of the Los Angeles County Medical Association (LACMA). Upon her official installation on June 21 at the organization’s Annual Installation of Officers in Marina Del Rey, Dr. Freeman will become one of only five women to have served as the organization’s president in its 147 year history.

“As the first African American LACMA President, I am both proud of the organization’s evolution to effect such a pivotal change in its traditional leadership and honored to lead our group in what is shaping up to be a year of new levels of inclusion and active advocacy,” Dr. Freeman stated. “[This] increases the value for more physicians and has the highly desirable side effect of stimulating growth in membership, involvement, affiliations, and impact.”

In addition to her post at CDU, Dr. Freeman is a geriatric psychiatrist affiliated with California Hospital Medical Center in Los Angeles. She currently serves on the LACMA Board as President-Elect and lists membership in organizations such as the National Medical Association, National Black MBA Association, Charles R. Drew Medical Society, Black Psychiatrists of America and American Psychiatric Association. She received her medical degree from Howard University College of Medicine, dual training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry at the University of Virginia, and has been in practice for over 20 years.

LACMA is a professional association representing Los Angeles County physicians from every medical specialty and practice. Since 1871, LACMA has been at the forefront of the science, business and politics of medicine, ensuring that its members are represented in the areas of public policy, government relations, innovation, and healthcare research and delivery.

For more information, visit, and follow CDU on Facebook , Twitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram (@charlesrdrewu).


CDU is a private, non-profit student centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement.

Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated, since its inception, more than 575 physicians, 1,200 physician assistants and over a thousand other health professionals, as well as training over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1000 nursing professionals, including over 600 family nurse practitioners. CDU is a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, treatment and care in cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic and HIV/AIDS.
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Wednesday, May 23rd 2018 at 11:02AM
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