Timothy Friel, MD, FIDSA

Chair, Department of Medicine


Dr. Friel was named Chair of the Department of Medicine at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) in December 2015. He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani School of Medicine. He joined LVHN in 1999 as an infectious disease specialist. Since that time, he has served multiple roles including Medical Director of the Lehigh Valley Hospital AIDS Activities Office (AAO), Medical Director of the Mark J. Young Community Health and Wellness Center, and Department of Medicine Vice Chair for Research and the 17th Street Campus. Dr. Friel has also served as the Director of the Lehigh Valley Hospital HIV Testing Site where he established the first HIV testing program embedded within a medical practice within Pennsylvania.

A graduate of Harvard Medical School in 1994, he completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA. He completed his infectious disease and HIV/AIDS clinical fellowship in 1999 at the Harvard Combined Infectious Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Friel has received the Teaching Top 20 Award and Subspecialty Outstanding Teacher Award many times since 2000. Under his leadership, the AAO was awarded the Healthcare Heroes Community Education Award in 2014. He has remained active in clinical research, with special interest in HIV and hepatitis C treatment, infectious disease diagnostics and health disparities.