Dr. Friedman is the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New York Downtown Hospital. He received a B.A. degree from Queens College of the City University of New York in 1976, and he received the rarely-conferred degree, M.D. With Distinction in Research, from the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in 1980. Dr. Friedman completed a general surgical residency at Harvard’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital in 1985, and a vascular surgery fellowship at the NYU Medical Center in 1986. In 1996, Dr. Friedman founded and directed the North Shore University vascular surgery fellowship program in Manhasset, and in 2001, he founded and directed the vascular surgery fellowship program for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System. Dr. Friedman is the author of more than 70 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals, numerous book chapters, and the book, "A History of Vascular Surgery." Dr. Friedman is a member of all of the major national and international vascular surgery societies, he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Society for Vascular Surgery, and he is a past president of the New York Society of Vascular Surgery.