Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Lisa Freeman

Nutrition, Nutritional Modification of Disease, Human-Animal Interaction

Nutrition

Dr. Lisa Freeman heads the Nutrition Service at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. As one of a small but growing number of board-certified veterinary nutritionists, she teaches veterinary students, practitioners and pet owners about proper feeding for their animals, especially ones which are too sick to eat or who have chronic diseases such as heart or kidney disease, cancer, or obesity. She also performs research on nutritional effects on heart disease, heads the Cummings School's Accelerated Clinical Excellence (ACE) Program, the Residents' Enhanced Veterinary Education and Academic Learning (REVEAL) Program and serves as the faculty advisor for its Paws for People effort.

A native of Florida, Dr. Freeman earned a bachelor's from Tufts University, a DVM from the Cummings School, and a PhD in nutrition from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy—earning her the rare distinction of holding a degree from each of Tufts University's three campuses. Her original intent was to become an equine veterinarian, but, through her studies, she became increasingly interested in nutrition and its role in preventing and treating disease. I can't imagine any area of medicine being more fun, she says.

Dr. Freeman teaches in all four years of the veterinary curriculum at the Cummings School. Only about one-third of veterinary schools have a board-certified nutritionist on their faculty, and Dr. Freeman's courses allow the school to offer its students more training in nutrition than most of its peer institutions.

Dr. Freeman lives near the Cummings School campus with three dogs, all of which are adopted from the Foster Hospital. One of her dogs works with Dr. Freeman to visit nursing home residents and participate in a reading program for children through Paws for People. She is a trustee of the Westborough (MA) Library. She has also run the Boston Marathon twice as part of the Tufts University President's Marathon Challenge.

Education

  • PhD - Tufts University School of Nutrition - 1996
  • DVM with thesis - Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine - 1991
  • BS - Tufts University - 1986

Board Certification

  • American College of Veterinary Nutrition

Comparison of the nutrient composition of commercial dog milk replacers with that of dog milk

Author(s):Heinze, C.R. | Freeman, L.M. | Martin, C.R. | Power, M.L. | Fascetti, A.J.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Analysis of thiamine concentrations in commercial canned foods formulated for cats

Author(s):Markovich, J.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Heinze, C.R.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

A randomized study assessing the effect of diet in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Rush, J.E. | Cunningham, S.M. | Bulmer, B.J.
Publication year: 2014
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Current knowledge about the risks and benefits of raw meat-based diets for dogs and cats

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Chandler, M.L. | Hamper, B.A. | Weeth, L.P.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Thiamine deficiency in dogs and cats

Author(s):Markovich, J.E. | Heinze, C.R. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Short-Term Effects of Atorvastatin in Normal Dogs and Dogs with Congestive Heart Failure Due to Myxomatous Mitral Valve Disease

Author(s):Cunningham, S.M. | Rush, J.E. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Comparison of complication rates in dogs with nasoesophageal versus nasogastric feeding tubes

Author(s):Yu, M.K. | Freeman, L.M. | Heinze, C.R. | Parker, V.J. | Linder, D.E.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Comparison of various solutions to dissolve critical care diet clots

Author(s):Parker, V.J. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Evaluation of a training course in focused echocardiography for noncardiology house officers

Author(s):Tse, Y.C. | Rush, J.E. | Cunningham, S.M. | Bulmer, B.J. | Freeman, L.M. | Rozanski, E.A.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Body size and metabolic differences in Maine Coon cats with and without hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Rush, J.E. | Meurs, K.M. | Bulmer, B.J. | Cunningham, S.M.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Nutritional and microbial analysis of bully sticks and survey of opinions about pet treats

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Janecko, N. | Scott Weese, J.
Publication year: 2013
Journal / Book title: Canadian Veterinary Journal

Assessment of commercial diets and recipes for home-prepared diets recommended for dogs with cancer

Author(s):Heinze, C.R. | Gomez, F.C. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Parenteral Nutrition

Author(s):Chan, D.L. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Fluid, Electrolyte, and Acid-Base Disorders in Small Animal Practice

Assessment of methods of evaluating sarcopenia in old dogs

Author(s):Hutchinson, D. | Sutherland-Smith, J. | Watson, A.L. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: American Journal of Veterinary Research

Incorporating enteral nutrition into your practice

Author(s):Parker, V.J. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Medicine

Theoretical evaluation of risk for nutritional deficiency with caloric restriction in dogs

Author(s):Linder, D.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Morris, P. | German, A.J. | Biourge, V. | Heinze, C. | Alexander, L.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Veterinary Quarterly

Seizures and severe nutrient deficiencies in a puppy fed a homemade diet

Author(s):Hutchinson, D. | Freeman, L.M. | McCarthy, R. | Anastasio, J. | Shaw, S.P. | Sutherland-Smith, J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Nutritional management of protein-losing nephropathy in dogs

Author(s):Parker, V.J. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Compendium: Continuing Education For Veterinarians

Development and evaluation of a questionnaire for assessment of health-related quality of life in cats with cardiac disease

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Rush, J.E. | Oyama, M.A. | MacDonald, K.A. | Cunningham, S.M. | Bulmer, B. | MacGregor, J.M. | Laste, N.J. | Malakoff, R.L. | Hall, D.J. | Trafny, D.J.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Systemic Inflammation and Endothelial Dysfunction in Dogs with Congestive Heart Failure

Author(s):Cunningham, S.M. | Rush, J.E. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2012
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

General Research Interests

Clinical nutrition. Nutritional modulation of cardiac disease, critical care nutrition, obesity

Research Interests by Area

Training Grants
  • NIH Interdisciplinary Research Training for Veterinarians; Accelerated Clinical Excellence (ACE) program (Nestle Purina)
Spontaneous Animal Disease Models
  • Obesity, nutritional support of the cancer patient, and renal failure.

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Cardiovascular Diseases and Nutrition
  • Role of nutrition in etiology and treatment of CV diseases
  • Morphometrics in cats with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
Nutritional Basis of Diseases
  • Nutritional modulation of cardiac disease, critical care nutrition, obesity, feline cardiomyopathy as a model for human cardiomyopathies. Sarcopenia, genetic and nutritional factors for cardiac disease in dogs and cats, clinical nutrition, human-animal bond, critical care nutrition
Human Animal Interaction (HAI)
  • Animal assisted therapy. Human-animal bond.