Dr Friedman obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1987. He spent the next 18 months working in a rural hospital in South Africa gaining clinical experience before working in London, England for the next 3 years in various pediatric subspecialty fields. This included gaining clinical experience and doing research in pediatric neuromuscular disorders under the tutelage of Professor Victor Dubowitz at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, UK.
His specialty training included a Pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona (1995) with subsequent completion of a Neurology fellowship with special qualifications in Child Neurology through Children’s Hospital, Boston (1998). Since 1998, Dr Friedman has served as a staff physician in Pediatric Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Neurology. He was director of the Pediatric Neurology Training Fellowship program between 2003 and 2008. Since 2014 he has served as the director of the Center for Pediatric Neurosciences in the Neurological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.
Dr Friedman’s specialty interests include pediatric stroke, the neurological complications of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy, pediatric neurology intensive care, and pediatric neuromuscular disease. Recent work over the past decade has also involved the area of fetal neurology. Dr Friedman has been instrumental in establishing a protocol for the neuromuscular and neurogenetic evaluation of children with idiopathic cardiomyopathy. He is a founding member of the Ohio Pediatric Stroke Registry and is a participating member of the International Pediatric Stroke Study (IPSS) collaborative. Current research projects include work in pediatric stroke and pediatric neuromuscular disease. Dr Friedman co-edited a textbook on the “Neurological Manifestations of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunodeficiency Syndromes”. He has authored over 50 papers in peer review journals.