Christopher F. Freer, D.O.
Co-Chair, RWJBarnabas Health Tackling Addiction Task Force
System Director of Emergency Medicine, RWJBarnabas Health
Chairman, Emergency Department, Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 • 2:45 PM–4:00 PM
Dr. Christopher Freer serves as the system director of emergency medicine at RWJBarnabas Health, chairman of the Saint Barnabas Medical Center Emergency Department, and co-chair of the RWJBarnabas Health Tackling Addiction Task Force.
He first joined Saint Barnabas in 1998, before it became part of the RWJBarnabas Health system. He has worn many hats concurrently while working at Saint Barnabas and then moving to systemwide roles, including that of Director of the Observation Unit, Interim director of the Pediatric Emergency Department, and vice chairman and then chairman of the Emergency Department. Since 2015, he has been the system director for RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Services.
As co-chair of the Tackling Addiction Task Force, Dr. Freer has been instrumental in implementing a paradigm shift that has resulted in a more effective approach to identifying and treating addicted individuals. This shift is regarded by the system as the most important step in treating opioid disease effectively.
The New Jersey native received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 1991, his doctorate from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in 1995 and completed his residency at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he served as chief resident from July 1997 to June 1998.
Dr. Freer serves on numerous committees, including Chair of RWJ Barnabas Health Care System ED leadership, Member SBMC Patient safety and quality committee, Co-chair Radiology Task Force and the Patient Throughput Committee at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. He was included in New Jersey Monthly’s annual “Top Doctors” list every year from 2008 to 2018.