Retired Medical Doctor and Musician in Canada
Dr. George V. Freundlich (George Valentine Freundlich) is a retired medical doctor and career musician from Matheson, Ontario. He is the former Medical Director, Chief of Staff and Active Staff EMERITUS at Bingham Memorial Hospital where he performed emergency room coverage and acute, chronic, and palliative care. He also owned a family practice.
Born in Romania, George left his home country for Canada in 1985. Prior to leaving, he received his BA in Fine Arts in 1975 with a specialization in classical music, violin, piano and trombone. Then, he turned his attention to the medical field and graduated from the University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Cluj, Romania in 1982.
In 1986, George successfully passed EN FRANCAIS the MCCEE Exam at The Medical Council of Canada in Montreal. He moved to Newfoundland and started his medical work as a Junior House Officer. He then became AMO - Assistant Medical Officer, then DMO District Medical Officer and finally by 1990, while working at “Dr A.M. Guy Memorial Hospital” in Buchans, he was appointed SMO Senior Medical Officer, the highest title a doctor can achieve in Newfoundland.
In 1989 he obtained his Canadian Citizenship under very unusual circumstances.
He became known as “the flying doctor” for his work at Harbour Breton Hospital, the most isolated hospital in Newfoundland because he had to travel by boat and helicopter for scheduled clinics and emergencies both day and night. In 1999, George Freundlich was ranked among the top 25 physicians across Canada, and shortly after, became the youngest person to be selected into a dictionary of the “who is who” of the top figures and personalities of the City of Cluj, Romania.
For his work as a philanthropist, George Freundlich has been awarded with the prestigious “International Humanitarian, Philanthropist and Cultural Ambassador” award, given by the Government of Romania and Romania’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In addition to making regular donations to charities, food banks, local museums, the Society of MS and Orchestras Canada, George is a fellow benefactor of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.
A career musician, George was a member of the award winning Timmins Symphony Orchestra (trombone) and the Timmins All Star Big Band (trombone, saxophone). He retired from the Orchestra in 2019, and continues to play with the All Star Big Band.
Outside of his musical talents, Dr. George Freundlich enjoys travelling. He has visited over 100 countries.