Lawrence Friedman, MD


Lawrence Friedman, MD, is interim dean of Clinical Affairs for UC San Diego Health Sciences and interim chief executive officer for UC San Diego Faculty Practice. He provides leadership for UC San Diego Medical Group, an inpatient and outpatient physician practice, as well as for the advancement of the clinical enterprise vision. Additionally, he is responsible for ensuring that UC San Diego Health System’s clinical practice is achieving the highest standards of service, quality, safety, compliance and overall performance, and assures that clinical programs and activities are integrated to support our clinical, research and academic missions.

Dr. Friedman founded the UC San Diego Telemedicine Learning Center and Telemedicine Clinical Programs which provide specialty consultation globally. He also recently co-chaired the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) Ambulatory Care Steering Committee; served as a member of the Pay for Performance Implementation Advisory Task Force at the National Quality Forum; and is currently a member of the Agency for Health Care Research Study Section on Health Care Technology and Decision Science.

Before assuming full-time administrative responsibilities at UC San Diego Health System, Dr. Friedman was the division chief for General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Prior to UC San Diego Health System, Dr. Friedman was the acting division chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston and an assistant professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency and internship training at the Deaconess Hospital in Boston, followed by a general medicine fellowship at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Friedman earned his medical degree at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

He has authored more than fifty publications including original research, book chapters and review articles, and is currently a reviewer for several peer-reviewed medical journals.