Dr. George Valentine Freundlich is a retired award-winning medical doctor (emeritus), Physician of the Year 2008, philanthropist, and musician well known for his accomplishments throughout his career.
His journey in music began in Romania, where he obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in classical music with a focus on violin, piano, and trombone. Later, driven by a strong sense of compassion and a desire to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives, he pursued medicine, earning his degree from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj, Romania in 1982.
In 1985, Freundlich embraced Canada as his new home. Successfully passing the medical exams for foreign graduates at the Medical Council of Canada in Montreal “EN FRANCAIS,” he became a Canadian citizen in 1989. Remarkably, at just 33 years old, he became Newfoundland’s youngest Senior Medical Officer, the most esteemed accolade a Canadian physician can attain.
With a membership in the American College of Emergency Physicians and a deep-rooted sense of pride in his Canadian and Romanian heritage, George Freundlich calls the beautiful town of Matheson, Ontario, his home.
In 2008, Dr. George Freundlich received the prestigious “Council Award,” equivalent to “Physician of the Year,” bestowed upon him by the esteemed Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons. This award honored his unwavering dedication to providing exceptional care to his patients.
A seasoned educator, Freundlich held key roles at prominent academic institutions, including the Northern Ontario School of Medicine in Sudbury and the University of Ottawa Medical School, where he taught and mentored French language students.
While his medical career flourished in Matheson, Ontario, Freundlich’s passions extended beyond the realm of medicine. Internationally acclaimed, he is an accomplished musician, an ardent philanthropist, and an enthusiastic world traveler.
Throughout his illustrious career, Freundlich’s medical work led him to provide essential care in some of Canada’s most remote areas, including Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, and the Northwest Territories.
At Bingham Memorial Hospital, his role as Medical Director, Chief of Staff, and Active Staff Emeritus was pivotal in ensuring comprehensive care. Working tirelessly in the emergency department and offering in-hospital outstanding acute, chronic, palliative, and geriatric care, he also ran a thriving private clinic, attending to patients five days a week.
Dr. Freundlich was an esteemed member of the award-winning “Timmins Symphony Orchestra” (trombone) for 25 years, between 1994 and 2019.
He remains a key member of the critically acclaimed “Timmins Allstar Big Band.”
Beyond medicine and music, Freundlich’s heart beats with compassion, evident in his involvement with the Rotary Club since 1995. He actively contributes to various charities, supporting causes like food banks, museums, talented disadvantaged students, the Society of MS, and Orchestras Canada.
He is a “fellow and benefactor” of the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
The spirit of exploration drives Freundlich, having ventured to more than 100 countries spread across all seven continents. His thirst for knowledge and new experiences fuels his passion for writing, and documenting his remarkable journeys. As a result, he is widely acknowledged as a global citizen, a true citizen of the world.
With a unique blend of medical expertise, musical prowess, and philanthropic endeavors, Dr. George Freundlich’s impact reaches far beyond the borders of his hometown.
Dr. George Freundlich’s net worth isn’t publicly known.