Wilmington, Vermont , United States
|| November 17, 1963
May 12, 2012 03:55pm
Caucasian - Liberal - Anti-Bush Tax Cuts (Pro-Tax Cut Rollback) - Health Care Reform - Internationalist - Jobs/Industrial Growth - Pro Environment - U.S. Navy - Straight -
|Info||Dr. Daniel Freilich, a physician, Associate Professor, and U.S. Navy Captain, completed thirteen years of Active Duty Naval service in September 2009. He is continuing to serve, transferring to the Active Naval Select Reserves—based out of White River Junction, VT, and MD. In October 2009, he announced candidacy for the Democratic ticket to represent Vermont in the U.S. Senate in the 2010 election. Currently, he is devoting full time effort to the campaign. |
Daniel was born in New York City, grew up in NYC, Israel, and Long Island. He received a B.A. in Government from Cornell University in 1984 and an M.D. from State University of New York Health Sciences Center at Brooklyn in 1989. He completed Internship in Internal Medicine/ Pediatrics at Albany Medical Center in 1990. Called to public service, he then volunteered for a commission in the U.S. Navy. He served as a General Medical Officer aboard the flagship, USS Coronado AGF-11, and as Fleet Surgeon for COMTHIRDFLT—based out of Pearl Harbor, HI, and then North Island Naval Air Station, CA, from 1990 to 1992.
He moved with his family to VT in 1992 and has been a resident of Westford ever since. He completed Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Vermont in 1994. Between 1994 and 1998, he was in private practice in Jeffersonville, VT, also attending and teaching Internal Medicine at Fletcher Allen Health Care/UVM and at Northwestern Medical Center (St. Albans, VT), where he was also an Emergency Medicine attending. During 1997-98, he conceived of and implemented a research program at UVM to develop novel treatments for shock and malaria.
Again called to public service, Daniel returned to Navy Active Duty in 1998, completing Fellowship at Naval Medical Center San Diego in Infectious Diseases in 2000 with certification in Tropical Medicine. He was then transferred to Naval Medical Research Center in MD where he was a leader in infectious diseases, tropical medicine, bioterrorism, and trauma and combat medicine research until 2008-09. After 9/11, he founded and directed one of the Navy’s largest medical research programs, aiming to develop Blood Substitutes to improve resuscitation of combat casualties and rural civilian trauma victims with hemorrhagic shock (severe blood loss).
During these years, he also attended and taught Internal Medicine, Infectious Diseases, and Tropical Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC, National Naval Medical Center in MD, and Uniformed Services University in MD where he was an Associate Professor of Medicine and of Surgery. In 2008, he was transferred to National Naval Medical Center, where his focus shifted more to clinical medicine, although he continued to co-direct Naval Medical Research Center’s Blood Substitutes research program.
Daniel chaired and served on a number of important boards and committees, and directed a first-ever Navy presentation to a Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee. He was promoted to Captain after only twelve years of Active Duty and was awarded personal awards, including Navy Achievement, Commendation, and Meritorious Service Medals.
He has five children—Sarah (30), Ariel (21), Tamara (19), Leah (16), and Joshua (10). Four of his children received part of their education in VT. Leah and Joshua attend school in MD. He lives with his ‘significant other’ Donna Wilder, who is a civilian blood researcher for the U.S. Army and has two children (Delphine, Sophia). Daniel and Donna alternate between their homes in Wilmington and D.C. He and his family enjoy travel, skiing, biking, movies, music, reading, and politics.