Scott L. Friedman, MD Joins AFBSF Board of Directors

Scott L. Friedman, MD

Scott L. Friedman, MD

AFBSF welcomes Scott L. Friedman, MD to the board of directors. Dr. Friedman’s successful career in medical practice and research has brought him worldwide acclaim in recognition of his groundbreaking advances in the field of liver disease. He is the Dean for Therapeutic Discovery and Chief of the Division of Liver Diseases, at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. 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, with new anti-fibrotic therapies for liver disease reaching clinical trials.

Dr. Friedman’s introduction to the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) came early in his career when he was a Senior Fulbright scholar in Israel working with Professor Moshe Oren at the Weizmann Institute. Since that time, Dr. Friedman has remained active with the BSF, participating in panels as a scientific reviewer as well as a recipient of BSF funding.

With this unique background, Dr. Friedman understands the challenges and opportunities of the AFBSF better than most people. “I’m delighted to join the AFBSF board,” he related. “The BSF has fixed funding resources that don’t stretch far enough in real dollars. The mission of the AFBSF is to look elsewhere and to me philanthropy makes perfect sense.”

Fishermen in Havana, Cuba

Fishermen in Havana, Cuba

Through Dr. Friedman’s work and travel in Israel, he has met many BSF-funded researchers. He learned that these Israeli scientists are very resourceful and that they do much more with less than their US scientist counterparts. To the Israeli’s BSF funding is a lifeline and has a great impact on their ability to move forward with their scientific objectives.

Recently, Dr. Friedman was invited to write a Master’s Perspective for Hepatology. He shared, “I really thought long and hard and crystallized the ten key principles that have underpinned my career.” His principles give you a window into Dr. Friedman as a man and a professional:

  • Imprint the Young
  • Get the Best Training you Can
  • Mentoring: A Lifelong Contract
  • Physician-Scientists will Never be Obsolete
  • Communication is Everything
  • There are No Solo Artists in this Business
  • Savor Success and Use Rejection and Criticism as Opportunities to Improve
  • Embrace Change
  • Hepatologists Are a Nice Group of People
  • Be a Mensch
Road to NZ-full dynamic-C

Travelling in New Zealand

He ended his article saying, “This all boils down to having integrity in defining and practicing one’s core values, and acting upon them even when inconvenient, painful, or frustrating. I have had many role models and colleagues who have illuminated my path in this way and only hope that I can continue to light the way of those who follow.” Read more here (jump to entire article).

The Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange once said, “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” This quote is very special to Dr. Friedman who has a life long passion for photography. As he travels the world lecturing and presenting at professional conferences, he always carries his camera. Through his lens, he gains a deep appreciation of a country’s culture.

Valencia Flamenco

Flamenco dancer is Valencia, Spain

“I have benefited from the BSF, have a deep understanding and appreciation for the high level scientific work that it funds, know the value of BSF funding to the Israeli scientists and am a strong supporter of Israel,” said Dr. Friedman. “I look forward to adding my voice and furthering the philanthropic work of the AFBSF board.”