About Mark

Mark Freifeld died on July 26, 2014 after a 10 year battle with Multiple System Atrophy. He was 58 years old.  You can read his obituary here.

Mark’s career spanned 28 years in the healthcare industry. He owned a management consulting firm serving the business needs of medical providers and started a national executive search practice specializing in the recruitment and placement of healthcare executives.

Mark retired in October 2011 due to the effects of Multiple System Atrophy (MSA). His nature was always to confront and overcome obstacles and he treated this particular challenge no differently. It was a long journey and since his diagnosis he published his memoirs and successfully raise research funds for MSA at the Mayo Clinic.

Mark enjoyed a successful business career, athletics, reading, political discussions, playing the banjo, and most of all, laughing and enjoying life with his friends and family.

Our hope is to be part of the solution to make MSA disappear and to no longer be a threat to human beings. Thank you.

The Freifeld and Kotecki families

2 Comments on “About Mark”

  1. Celina Burns says:

    Mark, I just heard through a fellow health care executive colleague about your MSA diagnosis. I have had a 25 year career on the payer side of the industry in various leadership roles in Dallas ( can see on LinkedIn). My husband Joseph Cheek MD also in the industry has now early retired due to his MSA diagnosis in 2009. I would very much like to speak to you and would like to join your effort to heighten MSA awareness and fundraising. Am actually looking at starting a foundation and if interested in speaking with me please send a note at any time. Best Regards, Celina

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