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Pediatrics names new head

Aaron Friedman, M.D.

A noted pediatric nephrologist and award-winning medical educator has been chosen to lead the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Aaron Friedman, M.D., will also serve as pediatrician-in-chief of the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital, Fairview.

Friedman comes to the University from Brown University’s Warren Alpert Medical School in Rhode Island, where he was head of the Department of Pediatrics and medical director for the Hasbro Children’s Hospital.

He has received numerous awards for clinical care and has written more than 100 articles and 35 books and book chapters.

Friedman is no stranger to the Midwest. Before working at Brown University, he was head of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was part of a team that successfully sought funding for a new children’s hospital.

“All of these traits make Dr. Friedman a wonderful addition to the University of Minnesota,” says Medical School Dean Deborah Powell, M.D. “He’s a proven leader.”

The University of Minnesota is in the process of building a new home for its own children’s hospital, which will be funded through bonding, philanthropy, and other sources.

Friedman will assume his new roles at the University in March.

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