Freeman News

Freeman Welcomes Board-certified Neurohospitalist

July 27, 2017

New physician treats neuro patients in a hospital setting.

Freeman Health System announces the addition of Dr. Sulaiman Iftikhar to Freeman Hospital West. He is the first and only neurohospitalist in the region. As a neurohospitalist, Dr. Iftikhar will care for hospitalized patients with or at risk for neurological disorders and disease.

After receiving his medical degree at Army Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Dr. Iftikhar completed residencies in internal medicine and neurology at University of Tennessee Health Science Center/College of Medicine in Memphis, Tenn.

“I want my patients to take an active role in their own treatment plan,” said Dr. Iftikhar. “I help guide them through the process so they can make the right decisions. When my patient leaves the room, I want them to leave with a smile, feeling satisfied that I was able to help them.”

Dr. Iftikhar’s expertise allows him to treat patients in a hospital setting who may have neurological complications from stroke, traumatic injury, cardiovascular complications or other conditions.

About Freeman Health System
Locally owned, not-for-profit and nationally recognized, Freeman Health System includes Freeman Hospital West, Freeman Hospital East, Freeman Neosho Hospital and Ozark Center – the area’s largest provider of behavioral health services – as well as two urgent care clinics, dozens of physician clinics and a variety of specialty services. In 2017, Freeman earned dozens of individual awards for medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex®, a quality rating system that helps consumers evaluate healthcare providers. U.S. News & World Report ranked Freeman one of the top Hospitals in Southwest Missouri more than five years in a row, and the Leapfrog Group awarded Freeman the highest grade possible in the Spring 2017 Hospital Patient Safety Score. With more than 300 physicians on staff representing more than 60 specialties, Freeman provides cancer care, heart and vascular care, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopaedics, children’s services and women’s services. Additionally, Freeman is the only Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in a 70-mile radius. For more information, visit, or follow Freeman at Follow Freeman President and Chief Executive Officer Paula Baker at