William A. Friedman

1998, Seattle

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. 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 currently serves as the Edward Shedd Wells Professor of Neurosurgery. He is, in addition, the Associate Chairman of the Neurosurgery Department and the Residency Program Director. He is the author of more than 140 articles and book chapters, as well as a book on radiosurgery. He is a member of numerous professional organizations. Most notably, he serves as Vice President of the International Stereotactic Radiosurgery Society, and is the Past President of the Florida Neurosurgical Society.

In 1986, Dr. Friedman began collaborative work with Dr. Frank Bova, which led to the development of the University of Florida radiosurgery system. The commercial version of the system has become one of the most popular radiosurgical systems worldwide. Drs. Friedman and Bova received the (990 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 1000 patients, produced many international meetings, and educated hundreds of visiting physicians. This team is engagcd in many ongoing research projects and looks forward to moving to the new radiosurgery/radiobiology laboratory in the UF Brain Institute. Prior to his election as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. Dr. Friedman served the organization in many capacities. He has been a member of the Executive Committee since 1988 and has been Scientific Program Chairman, Annual Meeting Chairman and Treasurer. On behalf of the AANS and CNS, he served as Editor of both Neurosurgery On://Call and SANS V.

Bill and Ransom LaRoche Friedman recently celebrated their 21st wedding anniversary. They are very proud of their three children, Daniel (16), Abigail (13), and David (9). The Friedman’s look forward to welcoming all of you to the 1998 CNS Annual Meeting in Seattle.