Eric Friedman, M.D., always enjoyed the science of medicine and its ever changing landscape, which led him to become a medical provider. "I chose surgery because of the immediate impact you can make in helping people," he says. In his practice, Dr. Friedman emphasizes individual treatment plans that take into account all relevant personal and social factors, not just the medical issue. "This allows me to "customize" the care to fit the patients particular needs," he said. "Communication is essential to good patient care," says Dr. Friedman. "I want to make sure patients understand their treatment plan, the rationale for it, and what the alternatives are. I also discuss the recovery period and what to expect, to make sure the patients needs are met." After earning his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Dr. Friedman completed his internship, residency and fellowship training at Oregon Health & Science University. He is board certified in general surgery. Dr. Friedman was born and raised in Philadelphia. He has two grown sons he is very proud of - one in graduate school at the Mayo Clinic studying cancer immunology and the other teaching English in rural Japan. In his free time, he enjos hiking and traveling.