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Dr. Rick Friedman received his Medical Degree in 1988 and completed his Doctoral Degree in 1994 at the University of California, San Diego. While earning his P.h.D., Friedman served as a resident in the Division of Otolaryngology at the UCSD Medical Center. In 1995, Dr. Friedman came to the House Clinic as a clinical fellow and then joined the group as an Associate. Dr. Friedman also serves as research section chief of Hereditary Ear Disorders in the House Ear Institute’s Department of Cell and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Friedman received the Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award Grant from the National Institute of Health in 1996. Other significant grants include a Trustee Grant from the Children’s Hospital Research Foundation, a grant from the Deafness Research Foundation based on his research into the molecular basis of deafness in the Tubby Mouse and a grant from the American Otological Society on his study regarding the molecular biology of inner ear development. Currently, Dr. Friedman has a federally funded grant to study hereditary deafness and the American Otological Society is supporting his research into the genetics of otosclerosis.

Dr. Friedman belongs to a majority of the societies in his area of specialization, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, the American Otological Society, the Acoustic Neuroma Association, the American Neurotology Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the Triological Society and the NIH/National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) where he serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer.

In addition to presenting his work at more then 30 medical conferences and congresses around the world, Dr. Friedman has published nearly 50 articles and chapters in publications and books such as the Annual Review of Medicine, Clinical Otology, Journal of Biological Chemistry, Surgery of the Skull Base, and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.