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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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Headache in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension.
Friedman DI Headache 2018 Jul 58 7 931-932
Use of Most Bothersome Symptom as a Coprimary Endpoint in Migraine Clinical Trials: A Post-Hoc Analysis of the Pivotal ZOTRIP Randomized, Controlled Trial.
Dodick DW, Tepper SJ, Friedman DI, Gelfand AA, Kellerman DJ, Schmidt PC Headache 2018 May
Editorial: The Importance of the Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial.
Tepper SJ, Friedman DI Headache 2017 Sep 57 8 1301-1302
The Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial: A Review of the Outcomes.
Smith SV, Friedman DI Headache 2017 Jul
Headache in Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension: Findings From the Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial.
Friedman DI, Quiros PA, Subramanian PS, Mejico LJ, Gao S, McDermott M, Wall M Headache 2017 Jul
Should Acetazolamide Be the First-Line Treatment for Patients With Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?
Kaufman DI, Friedman DI J Neuroophthalmol 2017 Apr
Are Blurred Vision and Short-Duration Visual Phenomena Migraine Aura Symptoms?
Friedman DI, Evans RW Headache 2017 Feb
Noninvasive vagus DBS-Preliminary study encouraging for chronic migraine.
Friedman DI Neurology 2016 Jul
Your Loved One Has Migraines.
Friedman DI Headache 2016 Jun
Evolving evidence in adult idiopathic intracranial hypertension: pathophysiology and management.
Mollan SP, Ali F, Hassan-Smith G, Botfield H, Friedman DI, Sinclair AJ J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr. 2016 Feb

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)