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Deborah Friedman, MD, MPH

Dr. Friedman is a Professor of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics and Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where she directs the Headache and Facial Pain Program and the Cerebrospinal Fluid Dynamics Program.  She is Board Certified in Neurology and Headache Medicine.  She has a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Rochester with a focus on clinical research.  She served on the executive and steering committees of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Research and Disease Investigator Consortium (NORDIC) and the Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension Treatment Trial. 

She is Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology, the American Headache Society, the American Neurological Association and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS).  She is the past chair of the Headache and Facial Pain section of the American Academy of Neurology, served on the Board of Directors of the American Headache Society and is a Past-President and Board Chair of NANOS.  She has been elected to the “Best Doctors in America” yearly since 1998 and US News and World Report Top Doctors since 2011. 

Dr. Friedman received her undergraduate degree in Engineering Science at the Georgia Institute of Technology and her medical degree at Tulane University School of Medicine.  She completed her Neurology residency at Baylor College of Medicine, and a two-year Neuro-Ophthalmology clinical and research fellowship at the University of Southern California.  Prior to joining UT Southwestern, she served on the faculty at SUNY Upstate University and the University of Rochester.

Her publications include over 100 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 22 book chapters.  Many of the articles are related to headache disorders including migraine and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.  Her key interests are disorders of intracranial pressure, cluster headache and migraine.