Neil Friedman, MBChB

Department Center for Pediatric Neurosciences
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Both Adults and Children & Adolescents
Languages English
Surgeon No
Locations Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Clinical Evaluation, Diagnosis And Treatment
  • Department of Pediatric Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Emobilization of Cerebral Aneurysms and AVMs
  • Fetal and Neonatal Neurology
  • General Neurology
  • Lumbar Puncture (Spinal Tap)
  • Muscle Pathology
  • Nerve Biopsy
  • Nerve Pathology
  • Neurocardiology
  • Neuroimaging (mri, Pet, Spect, Meg Scans)
  • Neuromuscular Neurology
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Pediatric Neuroscience
  • Skin Biopsies
  • Stroke Epidemiology
  • Thrombolysis
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Acute Stroke
  • Aneurysm, Cerebral
  • Autoimmune/Inflammatory Polyneuropathy
  • Brachial Plexus
  • Brain Aneurysms and Hemorrhage
  • Cavernoma
  • Cavernous Malformation
  • Central Nervous System Vasculitis
  • Cerebral Vasculitis
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Occlusive Disease
  • Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT)
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy
  • Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (cidp)
  • Demyelinating Neuropathies
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Hemangiomas
  • Hemorrhagic Stroke
  • Inherited Neuropathies
  • Intracranial Atherosclerosis
  • Intracranial Stenosis
  • Metabolic Myopathies
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myopathy
  • Neonatal Neurological Problems
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurological Complications Of Pediatric Congenital Heart Disease
  • Neuromuscular Disease
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurosarcoidosis
  • Pediatric Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Pediatric Stroke
  • Periodic Paralysis
  • Peripheral Nerve Injury
  • Polymyositis
  • Pompe's Disease
  • Porencephaly
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal Muscular Atrophy
  • Stiff-Person Syndrome
  • Stroke
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Venous Malformations
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency
  • Von Hippel-Lindau Disease (VHL)
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About Neil Friedman, MBChB

Neil Friedman, MBChB, obtained his medical degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1987. He spent the next 18 months working in a rural hospital in South Africa gaining clinical experience before working in London, England, for the next three years in various pediatric subspecialty fields. This included 10 months of research in pediatric neuromuscular disorders under Professor Victor Dubowitz at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, United Kingdom.

His specialty training included a Pediatrics residency at the University of Arizona (1995) with subsequent completion of a Neurology fellowship with special qualifications in Child Neurology through Children’s Hospital.,Boston (1998). Since 1998, Dr Friedman has served as a staff physician in Pediatric Neurology at the Cleveland Clinic. He is board-certified in Pediatric Neurology. He was the director of the Pediatric Neurology Training Fellowship from 2003 to 2008. He was appointed Director of the Center for Pediatric Neurology in 2014.

Dr. Friedman’s specialty interests include pediatric stroke, the neurological complications of congenital heart disease and cardiomyopathy, pediatric neuromuscular disease, neonatal and fetal neurology. He was instrumental in establishing the Ohio Pediatric Stroke Registry and is a member of the International Pediatric Stroke Study consortium. He has also established a protocol for the neuromuscular and neurometabolic evaluation of children with idiopathic cardiomyopathy and has established an interdisciplinary pediatric neurocardiac clinic for the comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of children with congenital and acquired heart disease.

Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


Education & Fellowships

Residency - Children's Hospital of Boston
Child Neurology
Boston, MA USA

Residency - University Medical Center-Tucson
Tucson, AZ USA

Internship - University Medical Center
Tucson, AZ USA

Medical School - University of Cape Town Faculty of Medicine
Cape Town,

Internship - Cecelia Makiwane Hospital
East London, South Africa,

Additional Training

  • Pediatric Neuromuscular Research Training under Victor Dubowitz, M.D., Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London, United Kingdom, 1991

Professional Highlights

  • Research Programs Council Award, Division of Clinical Research, Cleveland Clinic. $22,000 for the Establishment of an Ohio Pediatric Stroke Registry, 2005


  • Neurology with Special Qualifications in Child Neurology

Specialty Interests

Clinical Trials, fetal and neonatal neurology, general and neuromuscular neurology, inherited and demyelinating neuropathies, metabolic myopathies, Myasthenia Gravis, myopathies, nerve and muscle pathology, nerve pathology, nerve/muscle/skin biopsies, neurocardiology, neuroimaging, Neuromuscular diseases, neuromuscular disorders, neuromuscular medicine, neurosarcoid, pediatric neuromuscular disease, pediatric stroke and cerebrovascular disease, peripheral nerve injury, Peripheral Neuropathy

Awards & Honors

  • The Best Doctors in America
  • 2006: Pediatric Chairman’s Award for Education, Department of Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic


  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Child Neurology Society
  • World Muscle Society
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 10/4/2016, Dr. Friedman has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

32 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Overall Star Ratings
4.9 out of 5
Explains 4.9
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.9
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

7 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Mar 6, 2017

Dr. Friedman and his team of nurses were outstanding! Very knowledgeable, patient, good listeners!

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2017

Dr Friedman is always very friendly and efficient. we appreciate his help with our daughters health journey and are happy to have him on our team.

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2016

Three of my children have seen Dr. Friedman for a variety of neurological issues over the years and I think he is terrific--he is one of the best doctors at the clinic! He is always kind and courteous to me and my children.

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2016

the whole visit took more than 3 hours because parking is always a problem. even though drive from home to CC is 30 minutes, we have to leave 1 hour at least before the appointment so we can find space to park. there is never handicapped parking available and most of the time we had to park in uncovered level which is a problem for rainy or snowy weather since mmy son has vent and other electrical equipment which cannot get wet. plus to get from the parking to check in area takes another 20 minutes at least with all the elevators and tunnels. this time we arrived 15 minutes before appointment and we're checked in 20 minutes late. plus waiting for the appointment. we we spent over an hour in the waiting area to be seen by the doctor. I am happy with Dr. Friedman's services but the checking parking and waiting is always a trouble.

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2016

Dr. Friedman is awesome! We have had the best calls from him.

Reviewed on Aug 2, 2016

Dr.Friedman is our favorite doctor. He is great with our daughter!

Reviewed on May 19, 2016

He is a very good Dr. I often wish he could be my child's pcp!

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