Thomas Freedom, M.D.

Thomas Freedom, M.D.

Thomas Freedom, M.D.

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Treatment Philosophy

The patient’s health and well-being are primary. My approach utilizes a mixture of the latest scientific knowledge, clinical experience, and the “art” of medicine acquired by learning from my patients. As a specialist, I bring my expertise in every particular aspect of the patient’s medical concerns. The advantage of being part of a large medical group is that all needs of the patient can be met by appropriate referral under the watchful eye of a primary care physician.

Personal Interests

My outside interests include biking, reading, playing and listening to music, and traveling.

Conditions & Procedures

Conditions

Cervicogenic Headaches, Cluster Headache, Complicated Migraines, Congenital Central Alveolar Hypoventilation Syndrome, Head Pain, Headache, Idiopathic sleep related non-obstructive alveolar hypoventilation, Insomnia, Migraine Headaches, Narcolepsy, Obstructive Sleep Apnea (Adult/Pediatric), Ocular Migraines, Repetitive intrusions of sleep, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Arousal Disorder, Sleep Related Movement Disorder, Visual Auras

General Information

Gender

Male

Affiliation

NorthShore Medical Group

Expertise

Sleep

Academic Rank

Senior Clinician Educator

Languages

English

Board Certified

Clinical Neurophysiology, Headache Medicine, Neurology, Sleep Medicine

Clinical Service

Education, Training & Fellowships

Medical School

University of Illinois, 1988

Internship

University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, 1990

Residency

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1993

Fellowship

Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, 1994

Locations

A

NorthShore Medical Group

2180 Pfingsten Rd.
Suite 2000
Glenview, IL 60026
847.503.2000 847.503.2100 fax This location is wheelchair accessible.

Insurance

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Aetna HMO/PPO/POS
BCBS HMOI
BCBS PPO *except Blue Choice IL
Beechstreet PPO
CCN PPO
CIGNA Choice Fund
CIGNA EPO
CIGNA POS
First Health PPO
Galaxy PPO
Great West POS
Healthcares Finest Network PPO
Humana Choice Care PPO
Humana IPA--HMO
Humana POS
Humana PPO
Land of Lincoln
Medicare
Multiplan Admar PPO
Multiplan Formost PPO
Multiplan Health Network PPO
Multiplan Wellmark PPO
NorthShore Employee Network I (EPO Option)
NorthShore Employee Network II (EPO Plus & CDHP)
PHCS PPO
Preferred Plan PPO
Railroad Medicare - Cook County
UHC *except Core & Navigate
Unicare PPO

Publications

  • Headache and sleep: also assess circadian rhythm sleep disorders: a response.

    Headache 2014 Jan

    Authors: Freedom T, Evans RW,
    Abstract
    Many patients with headache disorders have coexisting sleep difficulties. As both conditions are relatively common, they could potentially be present simultaneously, even if unrelated. However, there is evidence that a comorbid association between headache and sleep disorders exists.
    PMID: 24400765 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Clinical heterogeneity of patients with complex sleep apnea syndrome.

    Sleep & breathing = Schlaf & Atmung 2013 Dec

    Authors: Kuźniar TJ,
    Abstract
    The definition of complex sleep apnea (CompSAS) encompasses patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who develop central apnea activity upon restitution of airway patency. Presence of arterial hypertension (HTN), coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure (HF) have been proposed as risk factors for CompSAS among OSA patients. Using our database of patients with CompSAS, we examined the prevalence of these risk factors and defined other clinical characteristics of patients with CompSAS.
    Through retrospective search of the database, we examined the medical and clinical characteristics of consecutive patients diagnosed with CompSAS between 11/1/2006 and 6/30/2011 at NorthShore University HealthSystem.
    One hundred and fifty patients with CompSAS were identified. Among patients included in the study, 97 (64.7 %) had at least one risk factor for CompSAS, while 53 (35.3 %) did not have any of them. Prevalence of low left ventricular ejection fraction and hypocapnia were low. Therapeutic interventions consisted of several positive airway pressure therapies, mainly adaptive servo ventilation. A hundred and ten patients (73.3 %) complied with recommended therapy and improved clinically.
    Although most patients with CompSAS have cardiac comorbidities, about one third of patients do not have any risk factors of CompSAS prior to sleep testing. Further research on factors involved in development of CompSAS will allow for better tailoring of therapy to pathophysiology involved in an individual case.
    PMID: 23436008 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Trials of bilevel positive airway pressure - spontaneous in patients with complex sleep apnoea.

    Pneumonologia i alergologia polska 2012

    Authors: Kuźniar TJ,
    Abstract
    Patients with complex sleep apnoea (CompSAS) have obstructive sleep apnoea and experience persistent central apnoeas when exposed to positive airway pressure. Elevated loop gain is one of the postulated mechanisms of CompSAS. We speculated that bilevel positive airway pressure - spontaneous (BPAP-S), by producing relative hyperventilation, may more readily produce CompSAS activity than continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). If found to do so, a trial of BPAP-S might be a simple way of identifying patients with elevated loop gain who are at risk for CompSAS.
    Thirty-nine patients with complex sleep apnoea were included in the study. Segments of NREM sleep on CPAP and BPAP-S matched for body position and expiratory airway pressure (comparison pressure) were retrospectively analysed. Correlations between clinical and demographic variables and polysomnographic response to CPAP and BPAP-S were sought.
    There was no difference in any of the polysomnographic indices on CPAP and BPAP-S. In 19 patients the use of CPAP was associated with lower AHI at the comparison pressure; in 20 patients the opposite was true. No clinical variables correlated to the differential response to CPAP vs. BPAP-S.
    BPAP-S was not more effective than CPAP in stimulating complex sleep apnoea activity.
    PMID: 22562273 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
  • Sleep-related movement disorders.

    Disease-a-month : DM 2011 Aug

    Authors:
    Abstract
    PMID: 21929967 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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