Deborah I. Friedman, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor in the Department of Neurology and the Department of Ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center. 

neuro-ophthalmologist, Dr. Friedman is Chief of the Division of Headache Medicine and the founding Director of UT Southwestern’s Headache and Facial Pain Program.

She is American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-certified in neurology, with subspecialty certification in headache medicine by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties.

Dr. Friedman is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.

Her research interests include pseudotumor cerebri (idiopathic intracranial hypertension), ischemic optic neuropathy, and migraine therapy.

She has published nearly 100 peer-reviewed articles, authored or co-authored 15 book chapters, and delivered more than 200 lectures and presentations related to her work.

Dr. Friedman is active in many national and international organizations related to her subspecialties. She also serves as the associate editor of Headache, on the editorial boards of Neurology Reviews and Headache Currents, and as a reviewer for a number of neurology journals.

She joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2011.

Dr. Friedman earned her medical degree at Tulane University Medical School. She completed a neurology residency at Baylor College of Medicine and a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Doheny Eye Institute in Los Angeles.

She also holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.


Medical School
Tulane University Medical School (1983)
Good Samaritan Hospital (1984), Internal Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine (1987), Neurology
USC/Doheny Eye Institute (1989), Neuro-ophthalmology
Other Post Graduate Training
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (2008), Public Health

Research Interest

  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (Pseudotumor Cerebri)
  • Ischemic Optic Neuropathy
  • Migraine Therapy


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Remembering Ivy Dreizen, MD (1948-2021).
Friedman DI, J Neuroophthalmol 2021 Sep 41 3 411-412
Autoimmune Encephalitis Causing Supranuclear Ophthalmoparesis and Lateral Gaze Palsy.
Shabana MT, Friedman DI, J Neuroophthalmol 2021 Jul
Lasmiditan efficacy in migraine attacks with mild vs. moderate or severe pain.
Peres MFP, Vasudeva R, Baygani SK, Dennehy EB, Vincent M, Friedman DI, Curr Med Res Opin 2021 Jun 37 6 1031-1038
Trochleaectomy: An Effective Treatment of Trochlear Pain in Monocular Patients.
Mettu P, Mancini R, Friedman DI, Garrity JA, J Neuroophthalmol 2021 Jun 41 2 246-250
Bariatric Surgery in Patients With Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension-The Silver Bullet?
Friedman DI, JAMA Neurol 2021 Jun 78 6 652-654
Unexpected Etiology in a Case of Bilateral Maculopathy.
Patel P, Jones K, Friedman DI, Birch DG, Ufret-Vincenty RL, Case Rep Ophthalmol 2021 May-Aug 12 2 622-628
Long term safety, tolerability, and efficacy of intracutaneous zolmitriptan (M207) in the acute treatment of migraine.
Nahas SJ, Hindiyeh N, Friedman DI, Elbuluk N, Kellerman DJ, Foreman PK, Schmidt P, J Headache Pain 2021 May 22 1 37
Galcanezumab for the prevention of migraine.
Frerichs LM, Friedman DI, Pain Manag 2021 Mar 11 2 101-112
Neuroimaging for Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension Turned on Its Side.
Carroll IR, Friedman DI, Neurology 2021 03 96 9 415-416
Fremanezumab: a disease-specific option for the preventive treatment of migraine, including difficult-to-treat migraine.
Friedman DI, Cohen JM, Emerg Top Life Sci 2020 09 4 2 179-190


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Honors & Awards

  • American Headache Society
    John R. Graham Award (2021-2021)
  • American Headache Society
    Seymour Solomon Award (2018-2018)
  • Castle-Connolly
    Exceptional Women in Medicine (2018)
  • Headache: The Journal of Headache and Face Pain
    Readers' Choice Award (2018-2018)
  • American Headache Society
    Above and Beyond Award (2017-2017)
  • Vitals Patients' Choice Award
  • Top Doctors in North Texas
  • Castle-Connolly
    Top Doctors (2012)
  • North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
    Distinguished Service Award (2012-2012)
  • Best Doctors in America
    Since 1998 (2011)
  • Rochester Business Alliance Women's Council
    Athena Award Finalist (2011)
  • US News and World Report Top Doctors
  • Who's Who in America
  • Fellow of American Headache Society
  • 2000 Notable American Women
  • Fellow of American Academy of Neurology
  • Fellow, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Spinal Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak Foundation (2018)
  • Headache Organization of Texas (HOOT) (2012)
  • United Council for Neurologic Specialties (2011-2013)
  • United Council for Neurologic Specialties (2005)
  • International Headache Society (2003)
  • Women in Neuro-Ophthalmology (1992)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (1990-2016)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (1988-2006)
  • North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (1988)
  • American Academy of Neurology (1985)
  • American Headache Society (1985)