Jack Freer

Jack P. Freer

Jack P. Freer MD

UBMD Internal Medicine


Geriatric Medicine; Palliative Medicine

Accepting new patients

Professional Summary:

I am a general internist by training, and I practice primary care at a UBMD/Kaleida Health ambulatory center in North Buffalo. I am also a member of the ECMC Geriatrics Consultation Service. I provide medical care to a diverse population of adults, and I specialize in caring for chronically ill and frail elders. I strive to integrate my patients’ values, circumstances and preferences with evidence from high-quality medical research in order to make the best possible care decisions for my patients—a decision-making process that often includes quality-of-life discussions with my patients and their families.

My main research and teaching areas are biomedical ethics (particularly in regard to incapacitated patients), research ethics and palliative medicine. I am also interested in the study of medical decision making, decision analysis and evidence-based medicine. I was responsible for research ethics at the UB Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) from its inception until 2014, where I founded and still chair the monthly Clinical and Research Ethics Seminar.

My teaching centers on ethics and palliative medicine. I teach medical students communication skills in the preclinical years. I am the course director for the required medical student ethics course, a leadership role I have filled since 1990. I organized the first palliative medicine elective for medical students in 1999 and continue to serve as course director. I also designed an innovative standardized patient exercise that forms a central part of the elective. I supervise internal medicine trainees, and my focus includes general internal medicine as well as evidence-based medicine.


Geriatric Medicine, Palliative Medicine

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UBMD Internal Medicine at Hertel Elmwood
Hertel Elmwood Internal Medicine Center
900 Hertel Ave
Buffalo, NY 14216
Phone: 716-871-1571
Fax: 716-871-1580
Accepting new patients

Insurance Accepted:

  • Aetna U.S. Healthcare
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of WNY Inc
  • CIGNA HealthCare
  • Community Blue (HMO)
  • Community Blue Advantage
  • Empire
  • Fidelis
  • GHI
  • Independent Health Association (HMO)
  • Magnacare
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • NYS Medicaid
  • United Healthcare
  • Univera Health Care (HMO)

Board Certifications:

  • Specialty Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Specialty Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine (Geriatric Medicine)
  • Specialty Certification, American Board of Internal Medicine (Hospice and Palliative Medicine)
  • Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners

Education and Training:

  • MD, Unversity at Buffalo (1975)
  • BS, Biology, University at Albany, Cum Laude (1971)

Awards and Honors:

  • Buffalo Spree Top Doctors 2019 (2019)
  • Kaleida Health Golden Stethoscope Award (2001)
  • Center for Hospice and Palliative Care, Medical Director's Award (1998)
  • Of Counsel Magazine's "Best Guidebook" Award (1990)

Research Profile:

This UBMD physician is also a member of the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo, teaching the next generation of doctors and researching to advance care in WNY and beyond. Learn more about this physician’s research and teaching activities, as well as view credentials, publications, professional involvement and more below.

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