Theodore C. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D. is the Chairman of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Molecular Medicine and Metabolism at Charles Drew University, in Los Angeles. Dr. Friedman is board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. He is also the director of the Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases Research Cluster. He holds an Endowed Professorship in Cardio-Metabolic Medicine. He is Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Charles Drew University. Dr. Friedman earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 1980, a Master of Philosophy in Pharmacology and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology from City University of New York in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and his M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York in 1987. He completed his residency at University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan between 1987-1989.
Dr. Friedman has received several NIH grants, covering hormone regulation, including thyroid, adrenal, pituitary, testosterone, and pancreatic functions. He has published over 80 papers in peer-review journals and wrote the thyroid and adrenal chapters for the widely read textbook, Cecil Essentials of Medicine. His basic science research interests are in pro-hormone processing as related to drug addiction, diabetes, thyroid disease and obesity as well as substance abuse and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. He also is studying how glucocorticoids and enzymes that regulate their tissue levels are involved in diabetes and obesity and also studying why smokers get more heart disease.
His clinical research interests are adrenal and pituitary disorders and he has an NIH-funded clinical trial giving testosterone to women with hypopituitarism. His clinic interests includes difficult to diagnose pituitary, adrenal and thyroid disorders. He is one of the world's experts on Cushing's syndrome. He also wrote a popular lay book on thyroid diseases, entitled "The Everything Health Guide to Thyroid Disease".
Dr. Friedman also sees difficult to diagnose Endocrine patients in his private practice, which is near Beverly Hills, CA. He specializes in Cushing's syndrome and pituitary, adrenal and thyroid disease. He also sees patients with menopausal issues and fatigue issues. One of his patients wrote the following about him in the Pituitary Tumor Network Association Newsletter: "I have a dream that one day all medical school graduates will have a true interest in science. In this dream world, the doctors will have learned to be good listeners before they are granted their diplomas. They will be excited about searching out truth-in a microscope, a vial of blood or a careful review of patterns. I believe Dr. Friedman already went to this mythical medical school. I just wish there were more in his graduating class". These clinical exposures remind him that the ultimate purpose of his biomedical research is to improve the quality of life and provide better heath for all his patients. To find out more about Dr. Friedman or to schedule an appointment, visit www.goodhormonehealth.com.
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