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Dr. Amy Friedman

Transplant Surgery
NY, NY
39 years experience female

Locations

Office

NY, NY

Address

460 West 34th Street, 15th floor, NY, NY
Directions

Insurances accepted

Aetna

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Cigna

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Medicaid

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About

Bio

Trained in general surgery and in transplant surgery, Dr. Friedman is a clinical transplant surgeon who currently directs Transplantation at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. She is particularly interested in patient safety and quality improvement. She is well known for her national level efforts to improve the safety of living kidney donors. She was centrally involved in alerting the FDA and the manufacturer of a type of vascular clip, to the danger of using that clip during the donor operation.

Specialties
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Transplant Surgery

General Surgery

Licenses

United States: New York

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

270 Answers
235 Agrees
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Txp, dialysis, death: End-stage renal disease is defined as insufficient kidney function to support life. The time frame within which life will end varies depending on how ... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Cell phone alert: Almost everyone has a fancy enough cell phone with various alert sounds that is possible to select a specific daily one as a medication reminder. Thi... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Not cured, treated: Hepatitis c virus hides in multiple places throughout the body, not just the liver. That 's why removal of a damaged liver and replacement with a heal... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
All organs - thanks!: Organ donation is accomplished through an incision in the abdomen and chest. There is no problem with an open casket. Thank you for the generosity of ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Pts with hepatitis!: Hepatitis (at least b+c) can definitely be transmitted through organ, tissue and blood donation, so your organs shouldn't be transplanted into patient... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Harder with each one: Although exceptions occur and the patient's underlying health also alters outcomes, the avg live donor kidney txp lasts 15-17 years, and the avg decea... Read More
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A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Kidney's lifespan: The transplanted kidney will always be genetically different from your body. Your immune system will always recognize the txp as a foreign invader + t... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Judgment is needed: Overall function is measured as "gfr" or glomerular function rate, + represents the amount coming from all of your kidneys (1 or 2 native kidneys, + a... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Not if still drunk: Once diagnosed as an alcoholic, you will always be an alcoholic. In order to qualify for a liver transplant most centers require that you have been dr... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Against the law: Payment for an organ, or exchange of "valuable consideration" is prohibited by the National Organ Transplant Act (NOTA)in the US and be equivalent law... Read More
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A 28-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Sumatriptan + Oxygen: Cluster headaches are considered the most intense pain that exists and must be treated appropriately. To stop the headache itself, a "triptan" drug us... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Fluid retention: As the kidneys fail it is common (but not universal) to have difficulty with fluid balance. Many people begin to swell due to the kidneys inability to... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Sometimes 2 are used: A typical txp uses only 1 because the function of that organ suffices to support life. The living donor can survive with 1 remaining kidney. A decease... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Not the transplant: Itching is not usually caused by either the kidney transplant or the anti-rejection medications. However, inadequate control of the parathyroid glands... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Illegal + Dangerous: Buying a kidney on the black market in another country sounds easy + appealing but is actually very dangerous. It is illegal in all of those countries... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Must be evaluated: Most patients in their 30's will qualify for a kidney transplant. However, they must be good surgical candidates, must accept the risks of transplant ... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Physical: Physical activity/exercise is crucial to losing weight. Ask whether your heart can tolerate it.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
What: What foods (triggers) should I avoid? Which over the counter medications should I use &/or avoid?
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Moisturize: Moisturize with a lotion in an ointment form, not a cream form - better absorption + longer lasting.
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A 57-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Old fluid collection: Drains placed in the or are usually placed through safe pathways from inside to the outside of the abdomen - rarely this may not be so. The drain was ... Read More
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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: Not every person develops exactly the same symptoms from a disease process. Although the typical symptoms include low grade fever, slight elevation o... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Ask your surgeon: With an operation this recent you should definitely be following the specific instructions given to you by your surgeon or that surgeon's assistants. ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Look for other cause: Kidney transplant patients are at increased risk of urinary tract infection, but should usually respond to treatment, not having persistent infection ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Still drinking?: Acute liver injury due to alcohol use is unlikely to have a good outcome unless abstinence occurs. That is the only chance of surviving. The kidney in... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Not during pregnancy: Kidney transplants are only performed when a patient is in a very stable condition since dialysis is available as a life sustaining treatment. However... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Skin and lymphoma: Skin cancer is already at an epidemic rate - immunosuppression increases that risk. The longer you take immunosuppression, the greater the risk of ski... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Choose: Choose a great tv series to watch only when exercising. This may make you look forward to it.
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on severity: Hernias require repair to prevent complications or worsening. If a lump is getting stuck in the hernia and can't be pushed back into the abdomen (red... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Great if compatible: Excellent outcomes occur for kidney donors with different blood groups than their recipients if the pair is compatible (don a-recip ab; don b - recip ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Sumatriptan: Two strategies are employed: treatment for the actual headache once it comes, prevention of additional headaches once a cluster has begun. Treatment m... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Complex: As with any donated organ or tissue, concern for risk to the donor must be considered. In oocyte donation this does not seem to be well elaborated, pe... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Discuss death openly: Deceased organ and tissue donation occurs with an unexpected death. Family + loved ones are typically in shock and may not be open to discussion of to... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Txp surgery+ immunos: Transplant surgeons are fully trained in general surgery and have spent additional years training how to technically perform organ transplants. They a... Read More
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A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Prepare + Breathe: Everybody having surgery is likely to be a bit nervous. I have concern about someone who isn't a little worried. To stay calm, carefully review in adv... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
You: You want to escape slow the pounding of your heart eyes closed, now breathe deep.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Working: Working towards a large weight loss goal turns out to be more effective than a smaller goal.
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
No, too large: Heart transplants require removal of the patient's diseased heart and replacement with a healthy heart within the same space in the chest in almost al... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
How: How do you recommend I use all of the money i used to spend on cigarettes?
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A 45-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Get the records: Though difficult, the records are in fact probably available. This may be worth the struggle to acquire them. Try. If not, review carefully with the ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
# of times used: Central lines, like any catheter, should be protected from unnecessary manipulation. We know that the more frequently the catheter is manipulated or "... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Moderation: If your operation was uncomplicated, then a small amount of alcohol should not be a problem, provided you drink responsibly. However, if you are havin... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
No crystal ball: A pulitzer prize winning author, art buchwald started a new phase of his career when he declined dialysis, entered a hospice and outlived their guidel... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
No breast cancer: Pumping milk from your breasts will not cause breast cancer. Use of a pump is not extremely pleasant but does solve problems. Be sure to wash all part... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Gravity is working: If your mom is making only 1000 ml of urine in 24 hours, she is probably accumulating fluid in her body in between dialysis sessions. The fluid distri... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: As long as there is penetration of the vagina, and ejaculation within the vagina, pregnancy may result.
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A member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on donors: Placement on the national wait list for a deceased donor liver means that she is not expected to survive without transplantation. Her life will depend... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Severe break: You are describing much more than a straightforward broken ankle. A requirement for 2 operations and and 3 months without any weight bearing comes fro... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Walk,: Walk, run, swim, or bike. 70% heart rate hike. Less stress and the like!
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Skin: Skin is your baby; keep away from too much sun; clean, dry and use plain lotion.
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 40 years experience
Take your med: Your dad was probably undiagnosed, or inadequately tested. Take the anti- coagulant you are prescribed, keep your medical appointments and you will pr... Read More
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Testimonials
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Recommendations
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Thank you notes
Excellent consultant on Health Tap. Very informative and well read in many areas of medicine.
Mar 30, 2013
Transplantation surgeon , Highly trained very sensitive to human needs I recommend
HealthTap member
Dec 6, 2015
I've tried to give my body to find a cure for hiv and all the things I've found it costs money how can they do this I've got the hiv virus wouldn't it be better to test the people who is infected with...Read More
HealthTap member
I've been considering it for the past 10 years; she's my son's mother. I just hope I am a match. Her autoimmune hepatitis seems to have accelerated this past year, she's been increasingly confused and...Read More
HealthTap member
Thank you, your answer was very helpful! I am using imitrex at this tie but the side effects are very bad what should i do
HealthTap member
Thank you. I do need a doctor very knowledgeable about these headaches. I have had them for 7 years in June every single day.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

State University of New York Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine, NY
Graduated 1983MD

Residency

SUNY HSC at Brooklyn (Downstate)

Awards

Top Doctor, First Place, Syracuse, NY - Winter
2013
Most Influential, First Place, Syracuse, NY - Winter
2013
Thought Leader, First Place, Syracuse, NY - Winter
2013

Affiliations

Upstate medical university hospital
University Surgical Associates
Upstate Medical University Hosp
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