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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.

Education

Medical School
Tulane University Medical School (1983)
Internship
Good Samaritan Hospital (1984), Internal Medicine
Residency
Baylor College of Medicine (1987), Neurology
Fellowship
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

Publications

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Safety and Tolerability of Acetazolamide in the Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial.
Ten Hove MW, Friedman DI, Patel AD, Irrcher I, Wall M, McDermott MP J Neuroophthalmol 2015 Nov
Procedural Headache Medicine in Neurology Residency Training: A Survey of US Program Directors.
Robbins MS, Robertson CE, Ailani J, Levin M, Friedman DI, Dodick DW Headache 2015 Sep
The Ethics of Disclosing Another Physician's Medical Error.
Rubin MA, Friedman DI Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2015 Aug 21 4 Headache 1146-9
The Eye and Headache.
Friedman DI Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2015 Aug 21 4 Headache 1109-17
Neuroimaging in Secondary Headache Disorders.
Chaudhry P, Friedman DI Curr Pain Headache Rep 2015 Jul 19 7 507
The effects of test-enhanced learning on long-term retention in AAN annual meeting courses.
Larsen DP, Butler AC, Aung WY, Corboy JR, Friedman DI, Sperling MR Neurology 2015 Feb 84 7 748-54
Hiccups as a migraine aura.
Chaudhry P, Friedman DI Cephalalgia 2014 Nov
Headache and the pseudotumor cerebri syndrome.
Mallery RM, Friedman DI, Liu GT Curr Pain Headache Rep 2014 Sep 18 9 446
Inpatient and emergency service utilization in patients with idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
Koerner JC, Friedman DI J Neuroophthalmol 2014 Sep 34 3 229-32
Papilledema and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
Friedman DI Continuum (Minneap Minn) 2014 Aug 20 4 Neuro-ophthalmology 857-76

Books

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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
    (2016)
  • Top Doctors in North Texas
    (2015)
  • 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
    (2011)
  • Who's Who in America
    (2011)
  • Fellow of American Headache Society
    (2005)
  • 2000 Notable American Women
    (2000)
  • Fellow of American Academy of Neurology
    (1998)
  • Fellow, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society
    (1991)

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)