Dr. Allan Friedman, MD

NeurosurgeryMaleAge 73

Neurosurgery

Dr. Allan Friedman, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 48 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Friedman has extensive experience in Cranial Neurosurgery and Nervous System Neoplasms. He graduated from University of Illinois College of Medicine medical school in 1974. He is affiliated with Duke University Hospital. His office accepts new patients.

Dr. Allan Friedman, MD

The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center

20 Duke Medicine Cir Ste 31 Durham, NC 27710 ()
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Affiliated with Duke University Hospital Durham, a highly rated hospital.

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No malpractice claims found for North Carolina
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Frequently Treated by Dr. Friedman

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Friedman treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Friedman treats other conditions, please contact the office at (919) 681-6421.

Cranial Neurosurgery

Cranial neurosurgeons perform surgical procedures that involve opening or passing through the skull to treat conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system.Compare with other Cranial Neurosurgery specialists.

Dr. Friedman is experienced in the area of Cranial Neurosurgery. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Friedman
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Brain Surgery
Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
Skull Base Surgery
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

Nervous System Neoplasms

Oncologists diagnose and treat tumors, both malignant and benign, in or near the brain and spinal cord.Compare with other Nervous System Neoplasms specialists.

Dr. Friedman is experienced in the area of Nervous System Neoplasms. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

Based on claims data for 11 conditions and procedures

Treatments
Dr. Friedman
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Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
Meningiomas
Brain Cancer
Pituitary Tumor
Normal
Frequency
High
Frequency
Very High
Frequency

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Dr. Friedman's conditions and procedures:

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Brain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Brain Abscess
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Surgery
  • Broken Neck
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari Malformation Type 1
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Chordoma
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Epilepsy
  • Extradural Hemorrhage
  • Herniated Disc
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM) Repair
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Neuroplasty
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pituitary Gland Tumor Excision
  • Pituitary Tumor
  • Polyneuropathy
  • Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Repair Intracranial Aneurysm
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Skull Base Surgery
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stereotaxis
  • Stroke
  • Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Upper Back Pain
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization

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Dr. Friedman accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Ambetter
Superior Health Plan
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Humana
Choice Care PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Friedman's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Friedman

4.7

Based on 29 ratings

5 Stars
89.65517241379311%
(26)
4 Stars
3.4482758620689653%
(1)
3 Stars
0%
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2 Stars
0%
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1 Star
6.896551724137931%
(2)
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I was diagnosed with a rosette forming glial neuronal brain tumor in my cerebellum that was encroaching on my fourth ventricle at 19. Needless to say, this was a very tricky area and a difficult surgery. I had sought help in my hometown but the surgeon was hesitant and Dr. Friedman took my case. He was very kind and thoughtful and very comforting to my family. From my initial screening appointment to the day of my surgery I was taken very well care of and reassured that Dr. Friedman was extremely competent and extraordinary at what he does. All of the staff in the office and the hospital at Duke were more than exceptional at what they were doing and at patient care. I go every few months for scans and the kindness of the staff never ceases to amaze me! I have been to many different hospitals and met many different doctors and this is by far the best experience I have ever had.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
  • Appointment was rushed
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Nov 06, 2020
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Wonderful!!! I was diagnosed here in Des Moines, Iowa, with stage 4 glioblastoma, and was given 4 to 5 months to live. Dr. Friedman removed the brain tumor and saved my life. I am now a 2 year survivor. I would recommend Dr. Friedman to anyone with a brain tumor.
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Apr 03, 2019
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Dr Friedman took about my level 3 tumor after a local surgeon left over 60 percent in my right temporal lobe. He was lovely and compassionate with my family. My recovery was better than expected. His skill and character were a blessing during the most frightening time of my life
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Mar 17, 2019
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Dr. Friedman saved my life, could not have asked for a better doctor!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Sydney Hill – Aug 11, 2018
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Dr. Friedman saved my life. Best neurosurgeon I could have ever had with the help of God leading me to him. God Bless.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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Kara in FL – Jul 13, 2018
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I was left with deficits when he said there would be none!!!
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
3 people found this helpful
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Why me??? in Raleigh, NC – Dec 23, 2016
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Dr. Friedman is AWESOME! His team accepted my daughter into the program at Duke after just a brief conversation with her neuro in Tampa. She was transported by ambulance (a 12 hour drive) to Duke for surgery. Dr. Friedman have us hope where none existed and performed a resection of the right frontal lobe leaving my daughter with exactly zero deficits when others expected long term or permanent problems. I am so thankful that we were led to Dr. Friedman and his amazing team!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
9 people found this helpful
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Kgreene74 in Tampa, FL – May 10, 2016
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Dr. Friedman is a man who encompasses the essential traits of a neurosurgeon: miraculous hands and experience; honest advocacy for his patients; and humble kindness in his communications with us. I'm honored to have had my brain tumor resected by him.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
17 people found this helpful
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Minneapolis, MN – Feb 08, 2016
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Biography

Dr. Allan Friedman, MD is a Neurosurgery Specialist in Durham, NC and has over 48 years of experience in the medical field. Dr. Friedman has extensive...Read more

Specialties

  • Neurosurgery

Board Certifications

Education

1981
U Western Ontario
Fellowship Hospital
1978
Duke U Med Ctr
Residency Hospital
1975
Duke U Med Ctr
Internship Hospital
1974
University of Illinois College of Medicine
Medical School
,

Languages

  • English
  • German

Awards

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Dr. Allan Friedman, MD accepting new patients?

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What are Dr. Allan Friedman, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Friedman frequently treats Cranial Neurosurgery and Nervous System Neoplasms. See all practice areas where Dr. Friedman specializes.

Where is Dr. Allan Friedman, MD's office located?

Dr. Friedman's office is located at 20 Duke Medicine Cir Ste 31, Durham, NC 27710. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Allan Friedman, MD speak?

Dr. Friedman speaks German and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center

The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center20 Duke Medicine Cir Ste 31 Durham, NC 27710
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Duke University Hospital

Durham, NC

84% Patients that would definitely recommend, 14% higher than the national average

14 Awards Received

Award Highlight: Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2021)