New director of bariatric surgery joins UF department of surgery

Jeffrey Friedman, MD, FACS
Jeffrey Friedman, MD, FACS

Jeffrey Friedman, M.D. F.A.C.S., has joined the UF department of surgery as an assistant professor in the division of general surgery and as the director of bariatric surgery.

Dr. Friedman earned his medical degree from the University of Mississippi and completed his residency in general surgery at Carraway Methodist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama and Mary Imogene Bassett Healthcare in Cooperstown, New York. He served as a research fellow at the Mary Imogene Bassett Research Institute and as a minimally invasive surgery/bariatric surgery fellow at Sacred Heart Health System in Pensacola, Florida.

Dr. Friedman has previously worked as assistant medical director of the Sacred Heart Institute for Medical Weight Loss, as medical director of the Baptist Healthcare Bariatric Program in Pensacola and as chief of the minimally invasive surgery/bariatric program at Previty Clinic for Surgical Care in Beaumont, Texas.

He has twice received the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, the Pensacola Surgical Society and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons.

Dr. Friedman’s clinical interests include bariatric surgery, revisional bariatric surgery, metabolic surgery, advanced endoscopy, minimally invasive surgery and foregut surgery. His research interests include the metabolic and cognitive effects of bariatric surgery, resolution of comorbidities following bariatric surgery, and long-term effects of bariatric surgery.