William A Friedman

William A Friedman, M.D.

Professor And Chairman Emeritus

Department: MD-NEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Business Phone: (352) 271-9000

About William A Friedman

Dr. William Alan Friedman was born in Dayton, Ohio on April 25, 1953. He attended high school in Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated in 1970 as a National Merit Scholar and attended Oberlin College. There he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa before moving on to the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Before graduating summa cum laude from medical school in 1976, he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and received the Maurice B. Rusoff Award for excellence in medicine. In 1976, Dr. Friedman moved to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. He performed a surgical internship and a neurosurgical residency, from which he graduated in 1982. During residency training he did basic neurophysiology research as an NIH postdoctoral fellow (1 F32 NS0682-02). In 1982, he joined the faculty of the Department of Neurosurgery, as an Assistant Professor. He received an NIH Teacher Investigator Award (NS 00682-02), from July, 1982 – July, 1987, which funded further research into the basic neurophysiology of spinal cord injuries. In addition, this award supported the development of one of the first intraoperative neurophysiology monitoring laboratories, subsequently used to monitor thousands of neurosurgical and orthopedic surgical cases. Dr. Friedman served as Medical Director of the Intraoperative Neurophysiology Service from 1982-1992. Dr. Friedman was promoted to Associate Professor and received tenure in August, 1987. In August, 1991 he was promoted to Professor. In 1999, he became Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery. He is the author of more than 300 articles and book chapters and has written a book on radiosurgery. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Most notably, he is a Past-President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, Past President of the Florida Neurosurgical Society, and Past President of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society. He was the Founding Editor of Neurosurgery On Call, the Internet homepage of organized neurosurgery. He was a member of the Shands Hospital Board of Directors for two terms. Dr. Friedman led the Level I Trauma task force which resulted in the establishment of a trauma center at UF Health. He was also the first ACGME Designated Institutional Official (DIO) at UF. In 1986, Dr. Friedman began collaborative work with Dr. Frank Bova, which led to the development of the University of Florida radiosurgery system. This system was subsequently patented by the University of Florida and licensed to Philips, then Sofamor-Danek, then Varian. The commercial version of the system has become one of the most popular radiosurgical systems worldwide. Drs. Friedman and Bova received the 1990 UF College of Medicine Clinical Research Prize in recognition of this accomplishment. Dr. Friedman is the leader of a multidisciplinary radiosurgery team which has treated over 4500 patients, published more than120 papers and chapters, produced many international meetings, and educated hundreds of visiting physicians. Drs. Bova and Friedman received NIH R01 funding to support their continuing research efforts. Dr. Friedman is the Director of the Preston Wells Center for Brain Tumor Therapy at the University of Florida. During his tenure as Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery he has grown the department’s endowed funds to greater than $45 million, much of which is focused on finding a cure for malignant brain tumors. In recent years, Dr. Friedman has also worked hard to elevate the quality metrics of the department and has become a frequent national neurosurgical speaker on quality improvement. After almost 20 years in the job, Dr. Friedman stepped down as Chair on July 1, 2018 but continues to run a very busy neurosurgical practice. In his spare time he loves travel, hiking, reading, Civil War history, cooking, and time with friends and family.

Honors & Awards

UF COM Wall of Fame
2018 · University of Florida
UF COM Lifetime Achievement Award
2016 · University of Florida
America’s Top Doctors
2003-2007 · Book Citation
Lecturer
2003 · Florida Frontiers
Elected Fellow
2003 · American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Fabrikant Award, for outstanding contributions to the field of radiosurgery
2001 · International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society
Honorary membership
1999 · Mexican Neurosurgical Society
Honorary membership
1994 · Spanish Radiosurgical Society
The Best Doctors in America
1992-2007 · Book Citation
One of 400 Best Cancer Specialists in America
1992 · Good Housekeeping (10/92)
Clinical Faculty Research Award
1990 · UF College of Medicine
Resident Award
1980 · Southern Neurosurgical Society
Department of Surgery Award
1976 · Ohio State University
Alpha Omega Alpha
1975 · Honor Medical Society
Maurice B. Rusoff Award
1975 · Excellence in Medicine
Phi Beta Kappa
1973 · Honor Society
National Merit Scholarship
1970 · Scholarship

Board Certifications

  • Neurological Surgery
    American Board of Neurological Surgery

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Neurosurgery
Areas of Interest
  • Acoustic neuroma
  • Brain surgery
  • Brain tumor – primary – adults
  • Cerebral arteriovenous malformation
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Metastatic brain tumor
  • Spinal Cord Tumors
  • Stereotactic radiosurgery – Gamma Knife
  • Trigeminal neuralgia

Research Profile

In 1986, Friedman began collaborative work with Francis J. Bova, Ph.D., which led to the development of the patented UF radiosurgery system. The system, known as LINAC Scalpel, assists with localizing, planning and treating intracranial tumors using computer software and a specially designed linear accelerator. The LINAC Scalpel has become one of the most popular commercial radiosurgery systems worldwide and has improved the accuracy of high-dose radiation delivered to brain tumors, with very little of the dose reaching normal brain structures. Friedman and Bova received the 1990 UF College of Medicine Clinical Research Prize in recognition of this accomplishment. Friedman is the leader of a multidisciplinary radiosurgery team, which has treated more than 4600 patients, published more than 175 papers and chapters, produced many international meetings and educated hundreds of visiting physicians.

Areas of Interest
  • Radiosurgery

Publications

2018 American Journal of Clinical Oncology-Cancer Clinical Trials
2011 World Neurosurgery
2009 Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
2009 Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
2009 Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery
2009 International Journal Of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
2008 Progress in neurological surgery
2005 Journal of Neurosurgery-Spine
2003 Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society
1999 International Journal Of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics
1998 International Journal Of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics

Grants

Jul 2018 ACTIVE
Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research
FL DEPT OF HLTH · Principal Investigator
Jul 2017 – Jun 2019
FIorida Center for Brain Tumor Research (FCBTR)
ACCELERATE BRAIN CANCER CURE · Principal Investigator
Jul 2016 ACTIVE
MIsc. Donors
MISCELLANEOUS DONORS · Principal Investigator
Jul 2016 – Jun 2018
Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research (FCBTR) 2016
ACCELERATE BRAIN CANCER CURE · Principal Investigator
Jul 2015 ACTIVE
ABC2 funding for Florida Center for Brain Tumor Researc
ACCELERATE BRAIN CANCER CURE · Principal Investigator
Aug 2014 – Dec 2017
Finding the Genes that Predispose to Trigeminal Neuralgia
THE FACIAL PAIN RESEARCH FOU · Principal Investigator
Jul 2013 ACTIVE
Florida Center for Brain Tumor Research – Statewide Brain Tumor Registry Program at the McKnight Brain Institute
FL DEPT OF HLTH · Principal Investigator
Mar 2013 ACTIVE
Support for brain tumor research
UF FOU · Principal Investigator
Jun 2012 – Jun 2017
Resident Fatigue as Function of Shift Length
UF FOU · Principal Investigator
Jul 2011 – Jun 2019
Support for Research in Regenerative Medicine
UF FOU · Principal Investigator
Feb 2011 – Feb 2019
Thompson Foundation
UF FOU · Principal Investigator
Feb 2009 ACTIVE
Brain Tumor Tissue Bank
UF FOU · Principal Investigator

Patents

Issued July 1991
Dosimetric Technique for Stereotactic Radiosurgery
#5,027,818
Issued February 1993
Apparatus for Stereotactic Radiosurgery
#5,189,687
Issued December 1996
Repeat Fixation for Frameless Stereotactic Procedure Medical Method
#5,588,430
Issued April 1997
ImMerge Software
#TXu 793-734
Issued October 1997
O.R.-LOC
#TXu 809-633
Issued September 1999
Marker System & Related Stereotactic Procedure
#5,954,647
Issued May 2002
Ultrasound Guidance of Target Structures For Therapeutic Applications
#6,390,982
Issued April 2003
Computer Controlled Guidance of a Biopsy Needle
#6,546,279
Published October 2003
Frameless Stereotactic Guidance of Medical Procedures
#US-2005-0075649-A1
Issued December 2003
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy Planning System
#6,661,872
Issued April 2006
Mask System and Method For Stereotactic Radiotherapy And Image Guided Procedures
#7,024,237
Issued January 2010
Frameless Stereotactic Guidance of Medical Procedures
#7,651,506
Issued April 2010
Preplanning of Guided Medical Procedures
#7,697,969
Issued January 2012
Systems and Methods for Planning Medical Procedures and Designing Medical Devices Based on Anatomical Scan Deformations
#8,099,152
Published June 2014
Simulation System and Methods for Surgical Training
#US-2014-0370475-A1

Education

Residency, Chief – Neurological Surgery
1982 · University of Florida
Residency – Neurological Surgery
1980 · University of Florida
Internship – Surgery
1977 · University of Florida
Medical Degree
1976 · The Ohio State University
Bachelor's Degree – Premedical
1974 · Oberlin College

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