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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

Headaches in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.
Friedman DI J Neuroophthalmol 2019 Mar 39 1 82-93
Migraine: The Disease of the Year.
Friedman DI, Digre KB J Neuroophthalmol 2019 Mar 39 1 1-2
The Spectrum of Vestibular Migraine: Clinical Features, Triggers, and Examination Findings.
Beh SC, Masrour S, Smith SV, Friedman DI Headache 2019 Feb
Galcanezumab in chronic migraine: The randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled REGAIN study.
Detke HC, Goadsby PJ, Wang S, Friedman DI, Selzler KJ, Aurora SK Neurology 2018 Dec 91 24 e2211-e2221
Correction to: Migraine Aura Without Headache.
Shah DR, Dilwali S, Friedman DI Curr Pain Headache Rep 2018 Oct 22 12 85
Clinical characteristics of Alice in Wonderland syndrome in a cohort with vestibular migraine.
Beh SC, Masrour S, Smith SV, Friedman DI Neurol Clin Pract 2018 Oct 8 5 389-396
Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome is the Best Term for This Condition.
Beres SJ, Digre KB, Friedman DI, Liu GT Pediatr. Neurol. 2018 Oct 87 9-10
Current Aura Without Headache.
Shah DR, Dilwali S, Friedman DI Curr Pain Headache Rep 2018 Sep 22 11 77
Headache Characteristics in Children With Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome, Elevated Opening Pressure Without Papilledema, and Normal Opening Pressure: A Retrospective Cohort Study.
Hamedani AG, F R Witonsky K, Cosico M, Rennie R, Xiao R, Sheldon CA, Paley GL, McCormack SE, Liu GW, Friedman DI, Liu GT, Szperka CL Headache 2018 Aug
Headaches Due to Low and High Intracranial Pressure.
Friedman DI Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2018 Aug 24 4, Headache 1066-1091


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Honors & Awards

  • 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)