Freya Spielberg, MD, MPH, is Associate Professor in the Department of Prevention and Community Health, and the Director of Community Oriented Primary Care at George Washington University.
Previously (2008-2012) Dr. Spielberg was a Senior Health Scientist in the Center for Advancement of Health IT at RTI International, and the Director of Research Mentorship for the Stanford Clinical Excellence Research Center. She is also a practicing Family Medicine Physician, and a Rainer Arnhold trained social entrepreneur. Prior to moving to San Francisco (1998-2007), Dr. Spielberg served as a faculty member in the Family Medicine department and the Center for AIDS Research at the University of Washington School of Medicine. In this position she led the development of a web based curriculum for medical students in patient-centered care and brief behavioral counseling approaches. She trained residents in Family Medicine, and mentored graduate students and fellows in HIV prevention research including qualitative research, survey research, clinical trials and cost-effectiveness analysis. In the Center for AIDS Research, Dr. Spielberg co-lead the HIV Prevention Research Core of the Center for AIDS Research and started a successful Community Collaborative research group. She served as a founder of a mobile community based HIV counseling and testing program in which she integrated rapid testing, mobile health and automated evaluation technologies which doubled productivity and improved the program's cost effectiveness.
Most recently, In the US Dr. Spielberg developed a research agenda to improve the health of urban underserved populations through web based home counseling and testing services (IknowSFBay). In India and Bangladesh she launched a program (HealthBox) to provide mobile tools to health workers to increase the quality and scope of the health care that they provide to include full health assessments, guided point of care testing, targeted counseling and critical referrals.
At George Washington University, Dr. Spielberg looks forward to building a multidisciplinary research center that will bring together faculty, community leaders, fellows, students and patients to design health innovations that will improve health outcomes and patient satisfaction while lowering health care costs.