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John Freedy, MD, PhD

Immediate Past President

John Freedy, MD, PhD was first introduced to Balint work as a Family Medicine resident (2002-2005) in Charleston, South Carolina. He has remained an ABS member continuously since 2005, the same year that he became an ABS-credentialed leader. He has served on the ABS Council for several terms and is currently the ABS Past-President (2019-2021). He is also co-chair of the ABS Scholarly Activity Committee. He continues to lead Balint groups in various formats including as a faculty member for the Medical University of South Carolina Family Medicine Residency.

Outside of Balint work, John cherishes the important relationships in his life---professional and personal.  He is pictured here (left to right) with the most important people in his life:  wife Melba (35 years and counting!!!), daughter Madison, and son Matthew (circa August 2019 in Denver awaiting start of Rolling Stones Concert).  Shadoobie!!!

 "Restoring the Core of Clinical Practice: What is a Balint group and how does it help?" by Laurel Milberg, PhD and Katherine Knowlton, PhD. Available in paperback or ebook. 

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The American Balint Society
, is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the therapeutic relationships between healing professionals and their clients/patients. The American Balint  Society is a member society of the International Balint Federation