Ronald Freudenberger, MD, MBA

Physician in Chief, Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute


Dr. Freudenberger is Physician in Chief of Lehigh Valley Heart and Vascular Institute, focusing on strategy, building clinical performance, physician alignment and care continuum optimization. He holds the Walter and A. Hazel May Chair for Excellence in Cardiology and is a Professor of Cardiology with the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine as part of Lehigh Valley Health Network’s SELECT medical education program.

Dr. Freudenberger received his medical degree from the State University of New York Upstate Medical Center. He served as Resident and Chief Resident at the Robert Wood Johnson (Rutgers) Medical School. Subsequently he was a Fellow in Cardiology and Advanced Heart Failure and Transplantation at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York.

During his career, Dr. Freudenberger served as Medical Director of Transplant Cardiology at University of Maryland Medical Center where he also co-led the University of Maryland Cardiac Network. Dr. Freudenberger’s research areas have involved the field of heart failure and transplantation. His major work has been in the area of anticoagulation and heart failure. He was a lead investigator and member of the executive committee in the published NIH sponsored Warfarin Aspirin Reduced Cardiac Ejection Fraction. He has more than 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters in this field.

Dr. Freudenberger served on the Technical Advisory Committee on Cardiovascular Services, State of Maryland Health Resource Planning Commission, Medical Advisory Committee, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Ad Hoc Panel Reviewer, National Consultant, Food & Drug Administration, Orphan Products Development Grant Program, Region 2 Heart Transplant Review Board, United Network of Organ Sharing, Special Emphasis Panel Member, National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders & Stroke (NINDS), Heart Failure Society of America endorsement and education committees. He has served on the Institutional Review Board at University of Maryland and Lehigh Valley Health Network and is a reviewer for numerous journals.