Dr. Scott L. Friedman

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Scott L. Friedman, M.D.

Scott L. Friedman, M.D., is the Dean for Therapeutic Discovery and Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He has performed pioneering research into the underlying causes of scarring, or fibrosis associated with chronic liver disease, affecting millions worldwide. Dr. Friedman was the first to isolate and characterize the hepatic stellate cell, the key cell type responsible for scar production in liver. His work has spawned an entire field that is now realizing its translational and therapeutic potential. He currently consults for over 40 pharmaceutical and biotech companies and is widely viewed as one of the leading experts in fibrosis in the world. In addition to his laboratory research, Dr. Friedman is a respected clinician and teacher, and is listed among the “America’s Top Doctors”.

Dr. Friedman has been a named lecturer or Visiting Professor at over 30 institutions worldwide. A respected author, he has over 300 peer-reviewed publications and has served as editor for professional publications. Dr. Friedman was a recipient in 1993 of the Saul Horowitz, Jr. Outstanding Alumnus Award from Mount Sinai. In 2003, Dr. Friedman was honored with the International Hans Popper Award by the Falk Foundation in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the understanding of liver disease and its treatment. In 2012 he was awarded the European Association for the Study of Liver Diseases International Recognition Award, in 2013 he was awarded the Shanghai Magnolia Gold Award by the Mayor of Shanghai and the China Friendship Award from the Premier of China in 2014. He is on the Scientific Advisory Board of the US-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and previously served on the Senior Advisory Council for the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

A 1979 graduate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, he served as the President of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and was an awardee of the Arthur Aufses, Sr. Prize in Surgery. After graduation Dr. Friedman was a Medical Resident at the Beth Israel Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, then a Gastroenterology Fellow at UCSF before assuming a faculty position there which he held for ten years. During a 1995-96 sabbatical from UCSF he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, in the laboratory of Professor Moshe Oren.