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Freya Spielberg, M.D., MPH

Education

M.D.
Cornell University Medical College

MPH, Epidemiology
University of Washington at Seattle

Residency/Fellowship

Residency, Downtown Family Medicine
Swedish Medical Center at Seattle

Fellowship, Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars
University of Washington at Seattle

About

Freya Spielberg is an associate professor at the University of Texas Dell Medical School in Austin. Prior to accepting this position, Spielberg was an associate professor at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences (2012-2017), an associate professor at the GW Milken Institute School of Public Health (Milken Institute School) and the director of the Community Oriented Primary Care graduate training program. Spielberg received her medical degree from the Weill Cornell Medical College, her residency in family medicine at the University of Washington/Swedish Downtown Family Medicine and completed a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Fellowship and her Master’s in Public Health at the University of Washington.

Spielberg has 20 years of experience building research and teaching efforts focused on interventions to improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction while lowering health care costs and diminishing health disparities. She has eight years of experience designing and implementing interdisciplinary curriculum, to integrate medical students, residents, fellows, public health students, social workers, pharmacists, nursing students, engineering students and psychology students into Community Oriented Quality Improvement efforts. In this context she has demonstrated that when the classroom is the community, students can assist in improving health outcomes, while developing a deeper commitment to serve communities that experience health disparities.

At GW, Spielberg built a multidisciplinary health service innovation research effort that was implemented through a CMS innovation award to optimize the HIV prevention to care continuum. In order to translate these successful innovations from research into practice so the programs are sustainable, Spielberg is launching a new social enterprise “Urgent Wellness.” This company was incubated at George Washington University and won first place in the 2017 Entrepreneurship Competition.

In 2018 Urgent Wellness launched its first site in the Benning Terrace housing project in Washington D.C. to deliver: 1. Acute care telemedicine; 2. Group chronic disease self-management medical visits; 3. Longitudinal community health worker support linking clients to clinical care and community resources; and 4. A medical vending machine to provide residents with critical medications, point of care tests and prevention products.

She plans to bring Urgent Wellness to Housing projects and schools in Travis County to serve as a platform to educate medical students, graduate students and fellows in health service innovation while improving the health of residents of Travis County.

Professional Affiliations
  • Mobile Medical Team International/MyType
    Board of Directors
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Public Health Association
Awards & Honors
  • Social Enterprise Award for Innovation for Seniors for “Urgent Wellness”
    AARP, 2017
  • 1st place New Venture Competition for “Urgent Wellness” social enterprise
    GWU, 2017
  • Highlighted Paper, 142nd Annual Meeting, New Orleans
    APHA, 2014
  • Oprah and White House Project Women Leadership Award
    2008