Lisa Freeman - DVM, PhD, DACVN

Lisa Freeman
Clinical Nutrition, Human-Animal Interaction, Cachexia

Dr. Lisa Freeman is one of three faculty in 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. She conducts research on nutritional effects on heart disease, heads the Cummings School's Residents' Enhanced Veterinary Education and Academic Learning (REVEAL) Program and is director of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute's One Health Program and the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction.

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.

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 this helps Cummings graduates to be well prepared to provide their patients with optimal nutritional care.  Dr. Freeman also is passionate about helping veterinarians and pet owners learn to objectively provide the best nutrition possible to dogs and cats.

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

Development and initial validation of the Cat HEalth and Wellbeing (CHEW) Questionnaire: a generic health-related quality of life instrument for cats

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Rodenberg, C. | Narayanan, A. | Olding, J. | Gooding, M.A. | Koochaki, P.E.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Association between Body Condition Score and Cancer Prognosis in Dogs with Lymphoma and Osteosarcoma

Author(s):Romano, F.R. | Heinze, C.R. | Barber, L.G. | Mason, J.B. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Measuring the Effects of Reading Assistance Dogs on Reading Ability and Attitudes in Elementary Schoolchildren

Author(s):Lenihan, D. | McCobb, E. | Diurba, A. | Linder, D. | Freeman, L.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of Research in Childhood Education

Nutritional analysis and microbiological evaluation of commercially available enteral diets for cats

Author(s):Prantil, L.R. | Markovich, J.E. | Heinze, C.R. | Linder, D.E. | Tams, T.R. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Association between Body Condition Score and Cancer Prognosis in Dogs with Lymphoma and Osteosarcoma

Author(s):Romano, F.R. | Heinze, C.R. | Barber, L.G. | Mason, J.B. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2016
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Nutritional Management of Heart Disease

Author(s):Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: August's Consultations in Feline Internal Medicine

Assessment of the responsiveness of the Cats' Assessment Tool for Cardiac Health (CATCH) Questionnaire

Author(s):Rush, J.E. | Roderick, K.V. | Freeman, L.M. | Cunningham, S.M. | Yang, V.K. | Bulmer, B.J. | Antoon, K.N.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology

Pilot study of a myostatin antagonist in dogs with cardiac cachexia

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Rush, J.E. | Cunningham, S.M. | Yang, V.K. | Bulmer, B.J.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology

Expression profiling of circulating microRNAs in canine myxomatous mitral valve disease

Author(s):Li, Q. | Freeman, L.M. | Rush, J.E. | Laflamme, D.P.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: International Journal of Molecular Sciences

A pilot study comparing a protocol using intermittent administration of glargine and regular insulin to a continuous rate infusion of regular insulin in cats with naturally occurring diabetic ketoacidosis

Author(s):Gallagher, B.R. | Mahony, O.M. | Rozanski, E.A. | Buob, S. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

New tools for the nutritional assessment and management of critical care patients

Author(s):Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care

Relationship of body size to metabolic markers and left ventricular hypertrophy in cats

Author(s):Freeman, L.M. | Rush, J.E. | Feugier, A. | van Hoek, I.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine

Survey of dietary and medication practices of owners of cats with chronic kidney disease

Author(s):Markovich, J.E. | Freeman, L.M. | Labato, M.A. | Heinze, C.R.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery

Evaluation of marketing claims, ingredients, and nutrient profiles of over-the-counter diets marketed for skin and coat health of dogs

Author(s):Johnson, L.N. | Heinze, C.R. | Linder, D.E. | Freeman, L.M.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Salmonella bacteriuria in a cat fed a Salmonella-contaminated diet

Author(s):Fauth, E. | Freeman, L.M. | Cornjeo, L. | Markovich, J.E. | Janecko, N. | Scott Weese, J.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Veterinary Medicine and Multi-Omics Research for Future Nutrition Targets: Metabolomics and Transcriptomics of the Common Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease in Dogs

Author(s):Li, Q. | Freeman, L.M. | Rush, J.E. | Huggins, G.S. | Kennedy, A.D. | Labuda, J.A. | Laflamme, D.P. | Hannah, S.S.
Publication year: 2015
Journal / Book title: OMICS A Journal of Integrative Biology

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

Feeding practices of dog breeders in the United States and Canada

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

General Research Interests

  • Nutrition and Heart Disease
  • Critical Care Nutrition
  • Cachexia

Research Interests by Area

Other Areas of Research
  • Nutrition and heart disease, Critical Care Nutrition, Cachexia

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Human Animal Interaction (HAI)
  • Animal assisted therapy. Human-animal bond.
Cardiovascular Diseases and Nutrition
  • Role of nutrition in etiology and treatment of Cardivascular diseases
Nutritional Basis of Diseases
  • Nutritional modulation of cardiac disease, critical care nutrition, feline cardiomyopathy as a model for human cardiomyopathies, clinical nutrition, human-animal bond, critical care nutrition, cachexia.