Neil J. Friedman, M.D.
|Neil J. Friedman, M.D.|
Palo Alto, CA
Neil Friedman is a board-certified ophthalmologist and fellowship trained refractive surgeon who specializes in cataract and refractive surgery. He has participated in laser research since 1991, authored numerous scientific papers, book chapters, and articles, and has published four widely read ophthalmology textbooks. In addition, he has performed thousands of eye surgeries, and he is frequently invited to lecture at national meetings and instruct colleagues in the latest microsurgical techniques.
Dr. Friedman attended Dartmouth College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. After finishing his ophthalmology residency at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary where he served as chief resident, Dr. Friedman completed a fellowship in corneal, refractive, and anterior segment surgery at the Cullen Eye Institute of Baylor College of Medicine. He then pursued a brief career in academics at the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic where he was recruited for his expertise in cataract and refractive surgery. He was also selected to be the NFL team ophthalmologist for the Cleveland Browns. Dr. Friedman subsequently moved to the Bay Area to join Mid-Peninsula Ophthalmology Medical Group in 2000. He has been a team ophthalmologist for the San Francisco 49ers, a member of the advisory board for the Sports Ophthalmic Society of the Americas, and president of the Peninsula Eye Society. In 2007, he was chosen by his peers as one of the best doctors in the Bay Area. He has also been named as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists and has received the Patients’ Choice Award.
Dr. Friedman is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. He has served on several subcommittees of the AAO for cataract and refractive surgery, and is a member of the editorial board of Comprehensive Ophthalmology Update as well as an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. He was honored with the AAO’s Achievement Award in 2005 and the AMA’s Physician Recognition Award in 2009. As an Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Dr. Friedman devotes time to resident and medical student education, teaching in the classroom, clinic, and operating room. He also acts as a medical consultant for ophthalmic corporations and has designed numerous surgical instruments.