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September 5, 2013
Amy L. Friedman, M.D. Joins the New York Organ Donor Network as Medical Director
New York, NY – The New York Organ Donor Network today announced that Amy L. Friedman, M.D. has joined the organization as their new Medical Director.
In the role of Medical Director, Dr. Friedman will be primarily responsible for overseeing all organ and tissue donor management and allocation activities in the greater New York metropolitan area. Dr. Friedman will direct performance improvement efforts to maximize the quantity and quality of transplantable organs and tissues in the region. She will also manage the research component of the organization, which includes data analysis and performance improvement in addition to the development of a robust clinical research program.
Dr. Friedman comes to the New York Organ Donor Network with a depth of experience in the field of organ donation and transplantation. Most recently, she served as a Medical Director of the Finger Lakes Donor Network. Concurrently, Dr. Friedman was a Professor of Surgery and the Director of Transplantation with the kidney transplant program at SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY. Prior to these roles, from 2002-2007, Dr. Friedman was an Assistant Medical Director at New England Organ Bank.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Friedman held several positions in academia, including serving as an Assistant and Associate Professor of Surgery from 1994-2007 at the Yale School of Medicine and as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania earlier in her career.
“Dr. Friedman brings an incredible wealth of experience from the field of organ donation and transplantation to our organization and we are thrilled to welcome her to our family,” said Helen Irving, President and CEO of the NY Organ Donor Network. “Given her deep knowledge of the medical field of organ transplantation, we look forward to the role that Dr. Friedman will play in helping us advance the mission of the New York Organ Donor Network and, ultimately, increase the number of lives saved by organ transplantation.”
Dr. Friedman is a native New Yorker, having been raised in Brooklyn, NY. She received her AB in Biology from Princeton University, and her MD at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. She now resides in New York City with her husband of 28 years, Simon. She is the mother to three adult children, Ben, Jeremy, and Sharon . Dr. Friedman also has a personal connection to donation as her mother received a kidney transplant in 1980.
Dr. Friedman official responsibilities as Medical Director of the New York Organ Donor Network begin on Tuesday, September 3rd.