Robert L. Friedman, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Orthopedic Sports Medicine

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Lehigh Valley Physician Group

Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Sports Medicine
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Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine, Shoulder and Knee Instability and replacements, General Orthopedics and Fracture Care
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Lehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute
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About Dr. Friedman

Philosophy of care

I have been caring for patients over 25 years. The central theme of my care is treating you (and every patient) with the utmost respect. We will make decisions together and I will treat you as if you are a member of my own family. I will use my expertise to explain all the particulars of your diagnosis and treatment options so that you can best make informed decisions for yourself.

Why I entered medicine

I decided to pursue a career in medicine at the age of 13 when my 11-year-old brother was hospitalized with a severe spinal infection. I never waivered in that decision, and found as I went through the process, that I thoroughly enjoy helping others, finding ways to solve their problems and being their advocate through medical issues. I enthusiastically enjoy every day doing this type of work.

Community involvement

Since I came to this area in 1995, I have dedicated a substantial portion of my time to the community. I have served leadership roles at the local hospitals for 23 of those 25 years, have always treated everyone regardless of ability to pay, taken care of athletes for many hours on the fields and contributed to numerous local charities. I was honored to be inducted into the Warren County (N.J.) Hall of Fame for my community service.

Personal interests

My main interests are my children. My daughter works for the National Academy of Medicine. She received her master’s degree in Global Health from Duke University. She and I have traveled all over the world and pursue outdoor activities such as helicopter skiing in the Canadian Rockies, hiking Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, bungee jumping and doing a safari in South Africa, ice glacier hiking in Norway, and bar hopping in Copenhagen. My son just got drafted by the Chicago White Sox as a pitcher and I support his endeavors spending many hours on the baseball diamond. Our family has a thirst for exploration, adventures and loving and supporting each other.


University of California at Santa Barbara, BA - Biology, 1984

Medical Training
University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, MD - Doctor of Medicine, 1988


Internship 1989
Surgery, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, CA

Residency 1990
General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Residency 1994
Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC

Fellowship 1995
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Southern California Center for Sports Medicine, Long Beach, CA


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Orthopaedic Surgery

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