Meet a Specialist: Suzanne Freitag, M.D.

FreitagSuzanne134x202As an ophthalmic plastic surgeon, Dr. Suzanne Freitag understands the importance of interdepartmental collaboration. Many of her patients have complex conditions that require input from several different specialists. Since joining Mass. Eye and Ear as the Director of the Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Service in 2011, Dr. Freitag has successfully led this multidisciplinary service, which performs a wide range of reconstructive and cosmetic surgeries.

Dr. Freitag provides premier care for adults and children with the full spectrum of ophthalmic plastic surgery issues. With subspecialty training in neuro-ophthalmology and orbital surgery, as well as ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery, she specializes in diseases of the eyelids, eye socket, and tear drainage system. She also sees patients with cosmetic concerns.

Dr. Freitag frequently collaborates with colleagues from other departments, as well as those from other institutions, such as Massachusetts General Hospital.

“We continue to expand our multidisciplinary work with other specialists to better serve the comprehensive needs of our patients. This allows us to care for patients with unique and complex conditions, ranging from tumors and fractures to eyelid skin cancer and drooping eyelids,” she said.

Dr. Freitag has played an important role revitalizing quarterly support groups at Mass. Eye and Ear for patients with Graves’ disease and thyroid eye disease. These free, educational forums provide patients with an opportunity to learn more about their disease from Mass. Eye and Ear experts.

“Dedicating time and space for doctors and patients to come together in a group setting really helps us to provide patients with the best care possible. My colleagues and I can better understand the needs of our patients when they voice their concerns and questions. At the same time, patients are empowered with information that helps them to manage their disease so they can experience the best quality of life.”

Dedicated to excellence in patient care, Dr. Freitag conducts research on diseases of the eye with the goal of improving treatments and technologies, or developing new ones. Her current research interests include eyelid reconstruction, infections in the tear drainage system, skin cancer, and thyroid-related eye disease.

In addition to caring for patients and conducting research, Dr. Freitag also dedicates her time to training ophthalmology residents and serves as the Program Director of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship at Mass. Eye and Ear.

Contact Dr. Freitag's office at 617-573-5550.

View Dr. Freitag’s online bio for more information.

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