Dr. William Friedman, MD


Neurosurgery | Male

Dr. William Friedman, MD
Dr. William Friedman, MD is a neurosurgery doctor who practices in Gainesville, FL. He is 64 years old and has been practicing for 41 years. Dr. Friedman is affiliated with Uf Health Shands Hospital.

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Dr. Friedman's Performance
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  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
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  • Office environment
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    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
in Tallahassee, FL |
Dr. Friedman an his medical staff are amazing. As a medical professional myself, I researched surgeons prior to having this mandated surgery. He and his staff thoroughly explained in detail the process. I felt secure and safe throughout the surgery and post-op. I needed to call the office a few times after surgery. They were courteous and attended to all of my needs, including insurance questions. While I am glad that I do not need a follow-up procedure with him, I would call on him again.
in Orlando, FL |
I would highly recommend Dr. Friedman to my friends and family. He is an expert at Microvascular Decompression surgery. I had facial spasms for over 18 years and finally got the courage to visit with several surgeons to discuss treatment options. Six weeks ago Dr. Friedman performed my MVD surgery and I am now completely spasm free. I could not be happier and have my smile back. He is caring and most of all very skilled with an excellent team behind him.
in Vero Beach, FL |
November 4, 2016 Dr. Freidman performed a Microvascular Decompression procedure on me. I had suffered with Trigeminal Neuralgia for 16 years. The surgery was successful and 12 days after surgery the facial pain and seizures were gone. During the initial meeting I felt the caring attitude of Dr. Freidman and his team, I was able to discuss the pain I was having with someone who truly understands. Dr. Freidman is highly skilled, knowledgeable, and compassionate.
in Matlacha, FL |
Prompt, professional, excellent skills and after care, compassionate. If more issues occur I will not hesitate to see Dr. Friedman and his team again.
in Panama City Beach, FL |
I suffered from Trigeminal Neuralgia and was in the most agonizing pain. Nothing would ease this pain. I was referred to Dr. Friedman and he did surgery July 8, 2016. I have no more pain. Wish I could have had this procedure done a long time ago. I received excellent health care. Dr. Friedman helped me get my life back. I was unable to talk at times and the pain was unbearable. Thank you Dr. Friedman.
in Gainesville, FL |
Upon the suggestion of a different local neurosurgeon, I was in physical therapy and pilates for a year as I became progressively weaker. I contacted Dr. Friedman's office, was seen within a week and within 2 days of being seen I was in surgery for spinal cord compression in my neck. The previous physician had the same imaging studies and just misdiagnosed my condition. My symptoms are almost completely resolved and I am walking without a walker. I am so grateful for Dr. Friedman's care.
in Cape Coral, FL |
He is probably the most arrogant person you will ever meet. I went in to have MVD for trigeminal neuralgia, but instead, he did a partial sensory rhizotomy. The change of surgeries was never discussed with me and he decided for me. I am now disabled, in worse pain, and have epilepsy. He believes he is above the law as far as informed consent. He was dishonest on my expressed consent and operative notes. He has had past sanctions against him for operating on wrong site and no consent.
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Dr. Friedman's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

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  •  Specializes in Neurosurgery
  •  Board certified in Neurosurgery
  •  Malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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    Malpractice Claim

    Dr. Friedman has 1 malpractice claim

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    • Settlement (2/14/2014)
    • Amount or Range: $200,000.00
    • Nature of Complaint: PINELLAS COUNTY
    • State: Florida
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  • Neurosurgery

Conditions Treated

  • Acoustic Neuroma
  • Aneurysm
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brain Aneurysm
  • Brain Cancer
  • Brain Disorders
  • Brain and Nervous System Cancer (incl. Gliomas, Astrocytoma, Schwannoma, Medulloblastoma, Chordoma)
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Artery Thrombosis
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak (CSF Leak)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chiari's Deformity
  • Cranial Trauma
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Ear Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Leukodystrophy
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Meningiomas
  • Myelopathy
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Nerve Sheath Tumors
  • Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Post-Laminectomy Syndrome
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Secondary Malignancies
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Tumor
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Stroke
  • Subdural Hemorrhage
  • Thoracic Spine Myelopathy
  • Thrombosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vascular Disease


  • Medical School
    Ohio State University College Of Medicine and Public Health

    Graduated in 1976

  • Internship Hospital
    Shands Hospital
  • Residency Hospital
    Shands Hospital

Languages Spoken

  • English

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  • Neurosurgery

Procedures Performed

  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Brain Surgery
  • Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Shunt - Insertion, Repair or Removal
  • Craniectomy, Craniotomy, Surgery of Skull Base, Neuroendoscopy
  • Dural Repair or Other Spinal Cord Repair
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Herniated Disc Surgery
  • Lamina Procedures (incl. Laminectomy, Laminoplasty, Laminotomy)
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Destruction by Neurolytic Agent
  • Neuroplasty
  • Neurostimulation
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation
  • Spinal Fusion
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Spinal Reconstructive Surgery for Deformities
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery
  • Stereotactic Radiosurgery, Spinal or Cranial
  • Stereotactic Surgery
  • Stereotaxis
  • Vascular Transcatheter Embolization