February 7, 2002
Orthopaedic surgeon Per Freitag, M.D., Ph.D., has joined the Division of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. A spine surgery specialist, he is an associate professor of surgery.
Prior to joining SIU, Freitag was as a clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago (1979-2001) and was on the attending staff of several suburban-area hospitals. He worked in private practice at Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists, Ltd., in Des Plaines.
Freitag received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis (1973). He completed his residency in orthopaedics at the Northwestern University McGraw Medical Center in Chicago (1973-78).
Freitag earned his doctorate in anatomy from University of Illinois Medical Center in Chicago (1970) and his bachelor's degree from University of Illinois-Chicago Circle (1966). While pursuing his doctorate, he also completed a United States Public Health Services Fellowship in anatomy (1966-70).
Freitag received the Outstanding Physicians Award in 1999 from Catholic Charities of Chicago. He was named the 1987 Medical Humanitarian of the Year by the Chicago Chiropractic Society. Freitag is board certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, of which he is a fellow. He also is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the International College of Surgeons. Freitag is a member of Illinois Orthopaedic Society, the American Board of Neurological and Orthopaedic Medicine and Surgery as well as a charter member of the Mid-American Orthopaedic Association. He has published numerous journal articles.
Born in Drammen, Norway, he and his wife, Lynn, have three children.