Lisa Freeman

Lisa Freeman, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACVIM (Nutrition)

(508) 887-4696
Research/Areas of Interest:

Nutrition and Heart Disease
Cachexia and sarcopenia
Critical care nutrition


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Tufts Univ-Friedman SNSP, USA, 1996
  • Doctor of Vet Medicine, Tufts-Cummings School of VM, USA, 1991
  • BS, Tufts University, Medford, United States, 1986


Dr. Lisa Freeman is a faculty member in the Nutrition Service at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. As one of a small but growing number of Board Certified Veterinary NutritionistsTM, she teaches veterinary students, veterinarians, and pet owners about proper feeding for their animals, especially ones that are too sick to eat or who have chronic diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, or cancer. She conducts research on nutritional effects on heart disease, heads the Cummings School's Residents' Enhanced Veterinary Education and Academic Learning (REVEAL) Program, and is Associate Director of the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute's One Health Program.

Dr. Freeman earned a bachelor's from Tufts University, a DVM from the Cummings School, and a PhD in nutrition from the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy—earning her the rare distinction of holding a degree from each of Tufts University's three campuses. Her original intent was to become an equine veterinarian, but, through her studies, she became increasingly interested in nutrition and its role in preventing and treating disease.

Dr. Freeman teaches in all four years of the veterinary curriculum at the Cummings School. Only about one-third of veterinary schools have a veterinary nutritionist on their faculty, and this helps Cummings graduates to be well prepared to provide their patients with optimal nutritional care. Dr. Freeman also is passionate about helping veterinarians and pet owners learn to objectively provide the best nutrition possible to dogs and cats.