Ellen M. Friedman, MD, FACS, FAAP, is the Director for the Center for Professionalism in Medicine. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Chief of Service at the Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology at Texas Children’s Hospital, and held the Bobby Alford Department Chair in Pediatric Otolaryngology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Friedman has published over 90 articles in peer reviewed journals, is on the editorial boards of a number of journals and produced a video for Clinical Medicine for the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Friedman was the first woman to serve as the President of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology, the 3rd woman to serve as President for the American Broncho-Esophagological Association, and she served as President of the Medical Staff at Texas Children’s Hospital from 2011-2012. She recently completed a term as a Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery, and continues as a representative for Otolaryngology on the Residency Review Appeals Committee and is on the Otolaryngology Advisory Council for the American College of Surgeons.
Among many professional honors, Dr. Friedman was named the 2010 recipient of the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine and was recognized by the Baylor College of Medicine Academy of Distinguished Educators with the Fulbright and Jaworski Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation. Dr. Friedman was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Surgeon Award from the Texas Children’s Hospital Department of Surgery for her innovation in surgical excellence, research, and education at Texas Children’s Hospital. In 2017, Dr. Friedman was awarded a Macy Foundation Presidential Grant to fund the creation of a video and associated curriculum to address empathy among physicians and health care workers titled The Threads Among Us.
Dr. Friedman was recognized as a Master Clinician at Baylor College of Medicine for Excellence in Patient Care, and received the Baylor College of Medicine, Distinguished Faculty Award. She was also acknowledged as a Women of Excellence at BCM and received the Baylor College of Medicine’s Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Recently, Dr. Friedman was elected to the Academy for Professionalism in Health Care Board of Directors as an at-large member where she will serve a two-year term to promote and optimize patient care through professionalism education, scholarship, policy and practice in all health-related fields.