Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD

Medical Director, Cranial Base Surgery Program

Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD is the Medical Director of Cedars-Sinai's Cranial Base Surgery Program. He also is an Otologist/Skull Base surgeon at the House Ear Clinic and serves as Section Chief of Hereditary Ear Disorders in the House Ear Institute's Cell Biology and Genetics Division,

Dr. Friedman's current research includes the study of outcomes in the management of skull base tumors and hereditary hearing loss. He has devoted his professional life to ear and cranial base surgery as well as basic science.

A well sought after speaker, Dr. Friedman has presented his work at more than 30 medical conferences around the world. He has published approximately 80 articles and book chapters in peer reviewed publications such as the Human Molecular Genetics, American Journal of Medical Genetics, Otology and Neurotology and Laryngoscope, to name a few.

Dr. Friedman is a member of several ear and skull base surgery societies. He serves on committees for the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, the American Otological Society, the Acoustic Neuroma Association (medical board member), the American Neurotology Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the Triological Society, and the NIH/National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) where he serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer.

Dr. Friedman earned his bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his medical degree as well as his doctoral degree in molecular genetics from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). While earning his doctorate, Dr. Friedman served as a resident in the Division of Otolaryngology at UCSD. He joined the House Clinic/House Ear Institute as a clinical fellow and then joined the group as an associate.