Neuro-ophthalmic Specialist Joins University of Rochester Ophthalmology Faculty

July 01, 2002

Deborah Isa Friedman, M.D., has been appointed to a dual associate professorship in the departments of Ophthalmology and Neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

Friedman has served as assistant and associate professor of Neurology and Ophthalmology at the State University of New York–Upstate Medical University in Syracuse since 1989. Her clinical interests within neuro-ophthalmology include idiopathic intracranial hypertension, migraine and headache disorders.

Friedman’s research interests include pseudotumor cerebri, disorders of the afferent visual pathways, migraine therapy, and the effect of analgesics on intracranial pressure. She is involved in basic research and clinical trials, and her projects have received funding from the Hendricks Fund for Medical Research, the National Headache Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, among other sources.

Prior to her tenure at Upstate Medical University, she held appointments at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cincinnati and Houston; the State University of New York, Buffalo; and at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, the University of Southern California School of Medicine, USC/Los Angeles County Medical Center and the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles.

Friedman joins Steven Feldon, M.D., M.B.A., chair of the University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology, with whom she worked at the Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles. The addition of Friedman to the University of Rochester faculty, Feldon says, will further strengthen the department’s plans to create a Top 10 eye institute during the next decade.

“Dr. Friedman helps to further define the University of Rochester as a major center for the diagnosis and treatment of neuro-ophthalmological diseases,” Feldon says. “Her research and clinical interests are highly complementary to those already in place. As a board-certified neurologist working in an ophthalmology department, she is in position to integrate these two disciplines seamlessly.”

Friedman earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering science at Georgia Institute of Technology and a medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine. After completing an internship in medicine at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati and a residency in neurology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, she did fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology at Baylor and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, under Feldon and Alfredo Sadun, M.D., Ph.D.

She has been on the editorial board for the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, and has served
as an ad hoc reviewer for Neurology, Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, Cephalalgia, The Lancet, Archives of Ophthalmology, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Annals of Neurology, Southern Medical Journal, and the Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.

She is involved with the Frank B. Walsh Society, the American Academy of Neurology (currently treasurer of the Neuro-Ophthalmology/Neuro-Otology section), the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Society for Neuroscience, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Medical Women's Association, Women in Neuro-ophthalmology, the Pseudotumor Study Group, the American Headache Society and the National Headache Foundation.

Friedman is active in the Pseudotumor Cerebri Society and has served as medical advisor to the
national organization since 1992. She is a board member for the Intracranial Hypertension Research Foundation and the immediate past national co-chair of the United Jewish Communities Young Leadership Cabinet.

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