Dr. Amy Friedman

Transplant Surgery
NY, NY
40 years experience female

Locations

Office

NY, NY

Address

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

Insurances accepted

Aetna

Blue cross blue shield

Cigna

Group health inc

Humana

Medicaid

Mvp healthcare

United healthcare

UHC Choice Plus POS

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
Doctors may have more than one area of specialty interest. Board certification in a specialty area means the doctor has completed formal training and has practice experience in that specialty, and has passed the certification examination from the corresponding accredited medical specialty board.

Transplant Surgery

General Surgery

Licenses

United States: New York

Languages spoken

English

Doctor Q&A

270 Answers
235 Agrees
The number of answers this doctor has agreed with.
A 72-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Meds exist <50yrs !: Suppression of the immune system with various drugs was really only developed in the 1960's and after. So, few patients have been on these types of dr... Read More
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A 22-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Usually excellent: Liver transplantation should only be performed for those expected to survive at least 3 years, one of the us government's key outcome measures for tr... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Inert metal remains: Any staples intended to be left in place on intestine or blood vessels (for example) are made of inert metal that is well tolerated by the body. Over ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Ask your txp center: Beginning even before the txp, patients are given advice about diet, activity, follow-up care, medications etc. But it is hard to remember these compl... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Everyone should!: Aren't you really asking whether motorcycles are so dangerous that the consideration of end of life issues is appropriate? Truthfully, we should all t... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Technically easy: The connections to be made for a heart transplant are pretty straightforward for a cardio thoracic surgeon. It is the judgments that are tough. Which ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Take meds with you: Travel is a major advantage of successful transplantation. Bring several extra days supply of medications to accommodate the unpredictability of fligh... Read More
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A 21-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Only 1 is infectious: Pelvic inflammatory disease is infection that can cause pain, scarring and "adhesions" from the pus which is collected bacteria and white blood cells... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Technical + Medical: Early after the txp, any of the 4 or 5 connections (# varies) can either be too tight, too loose, or twisted. Fixing these problems usually requires r... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
UNOS list of centers: Becoming a live liver donor requires comprehensive evaluation, and thorough education of many issues, for you. This will only be accomplished at a liv... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Med/Block/Stimulator: So sorry you are suffering! most recent reports look at very aggressive neurosurgical approaches only for pts with very severe disease who have failed... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Using part of liver: Similar to removal of a portion of the liver because it contains a tumor or other type of disease, living donor liver transplantation depends on the u... Read More
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A 29-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Soften stools: Hemorrhoids are varicose veins of the anus. When they suddenly develop blood clots, they may protrude externally, and become enlarged and painful - ca... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Antibiotic coverage: People with organ txps + suppressed immune systems (from the anti-rejection drugs) generally require all health maintenance care, including dental tre... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
NSAIDS: Sold over-the-counter, and used commonly for pain control, the group of medications called nsaids- non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs include aspir... Read More
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A 26-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Usually 3-6 hrs: Factors determining the length include the technical issues, the anesthesia care (going to sleep + waking up), + equipment issues (example is changing... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Completely false: People are cared for - resuscitated - to the fullest extent possible, in all circumstances. It is only once brain death has been declared, or once a d... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Parts of others: A portion of the liver or lung can be donated. In the past, a portion of the pancreas has been removed from living donors, but this is not commonly pe... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Too long: Individual cluster headaches typically last 45-120 minutes. The whole cluster typically last 5-8 weeks. As far as how long in a lifetime, that is not ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Depends on function: Liver transplant is only performed when it is clear that leaving the diseased liver in place is more likely to lead to death, than replacing it. Indic... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Much info needed: For a living person, the donation of a portion of the liver for transplantation into someone else is a major operation and should be undertaken very t... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Open casket possible: Organ donation requires opening of the abdomen and chest through a surgical incision. The heart, lungs, liver, pancreas, intestines, and kidneys are a... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Litter box far away: We worry about the infection toxoplasmosis with cats. This is transmitted by "oocysts" in their stool. So, please keep your cats indoors (to decrease ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Transplant Center: Only the lung transplant center team has the authority to place and remove patients from the national waiting list. To find centers go to www.Unos.Org... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
If they take meds!: Most txp risks occur in the first year. After that, if the original problem was not cancer or hepatitis (which can come back after transplant), there ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Lethal if alcoholic: For anyone who has an abnormal or unhealthy relationship with alcohol or other mood altering substance, one drink after liver transplant may be truly ... Read More
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Don't support life: A transplant should only be performed when kidney failure is concluded to be permanent. Kidney function is measured from the creatinine levels in the ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Riskier criteria: Too few organs to save the lives of all who need a liver forces us to offer organs that we might not consider acceptable. The "extension" of the crite... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Not relevant: The pain of a cluster headache is so severe that patients would typically do absolutely anything to make it go away. It seems highly unlikely that any... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Size for some organs: For some organs that are transplanted orthotopically (into the native anatomic location), the size of the donor organ must be reasonably close to that... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Will need insurance: These problems - preexisting condition, coverage for medications, etc, are exactly the problems we hope will be addressed with the healthcare reform a... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Very important: Most important is to understand that with stage 4 renal failure and coronary artery disease you are fairly likely to develop kidney failure in the fut... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Tell your family no: If you are certain that you do not want to donate organs (=/or tissues) after your death, discuss this wish with your family. You should also place th... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Transplant center: Any liver transplant center will have physicians who specialize in the post-transplant care of recipients. They are also set up to monitor the immunos... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Varies by organ: Factors are determined by national committees and available at the unos website. Kidney donor < 36 yrs: ABO type, waiting time, closeness of match... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Otherwise healthy: Lung transplantation is performed when survival is limited by a lung disease. Candidates must be otherwise strong enough to get through the transplant... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
For the organ's life: The transplanted organ will never change its genetic identity - it will always be made of different dna than you. Your immune system will ultimately r... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Outside of the US: Unfortunately, there is a black market outside of developed countries. The patients who have been identified afterwards have had much higher rates of ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Post-op recovery: A living liver donor must recover from a fairly big operation. The remaining piece of the donor's liver should regenerate a normal size liver in sever... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
None: The cornea is the only part of the eye that is transplanted. Corneas are only recovered from deceased donors - not from living donors.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Better engineering: Progressive advances in all camera technologies have dramatically improved visualization of the anatomic structures with laparoscopes inside of the bo... Read More
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A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Headache specialist: Headaches can come from a very wide variety of sources ranging from stress to problems with your teeth to brain tumors. Sorting this out, particularly... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
In appropriate place: Propofol is an extremely fast acting drug that is commonly used today. It requires full monitoring by a highly trained anesthesia professional. Under ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Catch 22 answer: With successful transplantation and a robust recipient, there should not be any left over disability. The patient should be capable of working within ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Should be the goal: Tracheostomies are used for patients who are expected to be on the ventilator for a prolonged time frame. They are much more comfortable than the endo... Read More
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
When: When is it unsafe to live alone? How do I know if the medications are being taken correctly?
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Anti-viral drugs: Liver transplant is not the first line of therapy for hepatitis c. It is only used when the hepatitis has caused irreversible scarring/damage to the l... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Get oxygen to blood: Respiration is the process of bringing oxygen into the lungs and exhaling carbon dioxide out of them. Once inside the lungs, the oxygen crosses cell m... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Kidney = Kidney: The kidney is a complex organ that excretes poisons from your body, adjusts your blood pressure, makes hormones, and adjusts your fluid levels, contin... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Amy Friedman
Transplant Surgery 41 years experience
Tumor from Infection: Immunosuppression lowers your immune defenses. One specific infection - the epstein barr virus can be a problem because it can stimulate 1 type of whi... Read More
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Testimonials
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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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