Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown Medical School
Aaron L. Friedman, M.D., named chief and chair of pediatrics
Aaron L. Friedman, M.D., is pediatrician-in-chief at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and the Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professor of Pediatrics and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Brown Medical School.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. –Aaron L. Friedman, M.D., began work this week as pediatrician-in-chief of Hasbro Children’s Hospital, the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, and as the Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professor of Pediatrics and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Brown Medical School. Hasbro Children’s Hospital selected Friedman following a national search. The Corporation of Brown University approved the appointment.
Friedman, 55, had been chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the medical director for the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital.
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In his dual role at Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Brown Medical School, Friedman will play a key role in shaping pediatric teaching, research and clinical care. He will oversee 183 campus and clinical faculty and the academic pediatrics program at Hasbro Children’s Hospital as well as at Memorial Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. Friedman will be responsible for planning pediatric inpatient and ambulatory services, advancing research programs, recruiting faculty and coordinating undergraduate and graduate programs.
A board-certified pediatric nephrologist, Friedman earned his B.S. from Cornell University and his M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison as well as a fellowship in nephrology.
Friedman has taught at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Madison, Friedman earned a number of clinical and teaching honors and spearheaded planning and fundraising for the new American Family Children’s Hospital on campus. Ground for the hospital will be broken this fall.
Friedman has authored nearly 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Pediatrics and Pediatric Nephrology.
“Aaron Friedman is an extraordinarily gifted pediatrician, who brings scientific, clinical, educational and administrative excellence to Hasbro Children’s Hospital and to the children and families of Southern New England,” said Richard Besdine, M.D, interim dean of medicine and biological sciences at Brown. “In addition, he is a fine gentleman. We are fortunate and proud to welcome him to Brown.”
Joseph Amaral, M.D., president and CEO of Rhode Island Hospital, said, “Dr. Friedman is a proven leader as demonstrated by his 10-year tenure as chairman and chief of pediatrics. We are very fortunate that he has chosen Hasbro Children’s Hospital, and we are confident that he will lead us in expanding our research and the scope of care we provide in the years to come.”
The Sylvia Kay Hassenfeld Professor of Pediatrics was created in 1993 by Alan G. Hassenfeld, chairman of the Board of Directors at Hasbro Inc., to promote pediatric research, teaching and clinical care.
Hasbro Children’s Hospital is the pediatric division of Rhode Island Hospital, a Lifespan partner. The 87-bed facility provides a full range of medical and surgical care for children and offers the only pediatric emergency room and intensive care unit in the region. This year marks the hospital’s 10th anniversary.
Brown Medical School is Rhode Island’s only school of medicine and the hub of the state’s academic medical enterprise. With its seven affiliated hospitals, it attracts more than $100 million in external research funding each year.