Maija G. Freimanis, MD, is an associate professor at Rush University Medical Center in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, where she has been vice-chairperson since 2004. She is section director of ultrasound, director of body imaging and co-director of the Rush Noninvasive Vascular Laboratory.
She received a medical degree from Yale University in 1978. After completing a residency in diagnostic radiology at University of Texas in Houston in 1982, she practised GI radiology until completing a body imaging fellowship at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital in Pittsburgh in 1989. She has been at Rush for 20 years.
Freimanis' primary specialty is ultrasound, and she is an expert in obstetric and gynecologic imaging, especially first and second trimester fetal evaluation. Her interests also include vascular ultrasound, both abdominal and peripheral, and image-guided procedures. She has expertise in amniocentesis, native kidney biopsy and penile ultrasound. Her other interests include body CT, especially gastrointestinal evaluation of the abdomen and pelvis. Freimanis was trained in gastrointestinal radiography at M.D. Anderson, and GI pathology remains an area of interest.
She received the Teacher of the Year Award from residents in diagnostic radiology at Rush in 1995. She organized a monthly Journal Club for the body imaging fellows that has been recognized as a valuable learning experience. Freimanis has written case reports, peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and collaborated with clinical services on research publications. She has mentored residents preparing posters for presentation at national meetings.