Allan H. Friedman, M.D. was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 15, 1949. He received his B.S. degree in Physics with Honors from Purdue University in 1970 and his M.D. degree with honors from the University of Illinois in 1974. As a James Scholar of Medicine, Dr. Friedman completed a year of general surgical internship under the tutelage of Dr. David C. Sabiston. This was followed by a five-year residency in neurological surgery at Duke University under the guidance of Drs. Guy Odom and Robert Wilkins. Dr. Friedman then matriculated to the University Hospital in London, Ontario where he was Chief Resident and Neurovascular Fellow for Drs. Charles Drake and Sydney Peerless. Subsequently, Dr. Friedman spent three months studying neurosurgical technique with Professor G. Yasargil.
Following his postgraduate training, Dr. Friedman became an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at Duke University and went on to become Professor. In 1996 he assumed the role of Neurosurgeon-in-Chief. He was Program Director for the Neurosurgical Residency Training Program from 1996 to 2008. Dr. Friedman is the Deputy Director of the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center and Associate Director of the Preuss Laboratory for Brain Tumor Research. In March of 2001, Dr. Allan Friedman became the first Guy L. Odom Endowed Professor of Neurological Surgery. He is a member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences Chairs and Directors Advisory Council.
His clinical interests are in the areas of cerebrovascular disease, brain tumors, and peripheral nerve surgery. He has a career-long interest in neuro-oncology and is responsible for over ninety percent of all tumor resections and biopsies conducted at Duke. He is the author and co-author of 263 articles appearing in peer-review journals and 60 book chapters. He Co-Authored the books, Neurosurgical Management of the House Officer, Photo Atlas of Skull Base Dissection and The Drez Operation.
Dr. Friedman has served on numerous committees and organizations. He has served as the Chairman of the Program Committee and President of the Southern Neurosurgical Society. From 1995-1999, he served as Chairman of the Joint Committee on Drugs and Devices. He has served as the Secretary-Treasurer and President of the North Carolina Neurosurgical Society. Dr. Friedman has served on the Editorial Board of Neurosurgery and Contemporary Neurosurgery. In 2000, he became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He has served as the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Chairman of the Program Committee and Chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee for the Neurosurgical Society of America. He served as Co-Director of the Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons (RUNN Course) from 1999-2004 and in 2004 he took over as Director, of the Research Update in Neuroscience for Neurosurgeons (RUNN Course) sponsored by the Society of Neurological Surgeons. In 2008, he was Director of a Peripheral Nerve Dissection Course for neurosurgery residents, sponsored by the American Association of Neurological Surgeons. He has served as Program Chairman, Local Host and Vice President of the Society of Neurological Surgeons. In 2009, he became President-Elect of the Society of Neurological Surgeons.