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

  • ADHD
  • 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
View all 18 Treatment & Services +

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

Medical Education - University of Cape Town Faculty of Medicine
Cape Town, South Africa

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 10/3/2019, 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

71 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

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

19 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Sep 19, 2019

Dr. Friedman is amazing - we were blessed to have him caring for my daughter over the last year. He will be missed.

Reviewed on Sep 13, 2019

If it weren't for the care & concern *Dr. Friedman gave us, not only on this visit but in the 2 years we've been bringing our son to him we wouldn't make the long drive. He is the BEST doctor I've encountered.

Reviewed on Sep 9, 2019

Dr Friedman was wonderful with my son and with explaining his findings to us. He gave great care to us as a family

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2019

We have enjoyed our visits with *Dr. Friedman and are sad to see him go. PT with *Pamela is always a pleasure - She is so kind and professional.

Reviewed on Aug 23, 2019

dr Friedman was amazing. pulled out a dr bag full of equipment/toys to entertain my son and involving him every single step of the exam. he interacting with my son and no dr has ever done that. I think every dr should do this. it bot only put me at ease by my family as well. he listened to me and my concerns. he answered my questions and explained things on a basic level. I heard hes retiring and am so saddened by this news. he came very highly recommended and I only hope the next provider is as good as he. he has some big shoes to fill. he was absolutely phenomenal. he even came to get us in waiting room and walled us to front desk to check out.

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2019

Dr. Friedman is alway so caring and informative. He is a top notch provider that we travel from Arizona to see!! We are thankful for him and his care of our child.

Reviewed on May 30, 2019

Dr. Friedman had fantastic interactions with my son. He playfully engaged him and also addressed all of my concerns. I left there understanding the plan moving forward.

Reviewed on May 16, 2019

Dr. Friedman always provided excellent treatment to my son. He has an amazing bedside and is a great listener and helps answer all of my questions.

Reviewed on Apr 23, 2019

We were very happy with Dr. Friedman. He was very thorough and provided a very detailed summary of our visit to us as well as the referring pediatrician, which I thought was great.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2019

Dr was very friendly and patient with my child. Excellent bedside manner!

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

Dr. Freeman does an amazing job! He treats my son wonderfully and plays with him while interpreting the talk into challenges my son has. My son doesnt have any fear or worries when dealing with Dr. Freeman.

Reviewed on Feb 25, 2019

cant say enough good things! Within the first 5 min of our very first visit the doc knew what we were facing and how to proceeded. He has been kind and caring from the beginning and amazing the whole time! He knows who and what before we walk in and didn't have to "catch up" on the file before he could begin the exam.

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2019

Dr Friedman is the first specialist we have seen for our sons condition that has actually had good bedside manner and presented things in an optimistic view. We are very happy with him.

Reviewed on Feb 11, 2019

Dr. Friedman is a very understanding physician and very attuned to both my son and myself, when asking questions and doing the exam.

Reviewed on Jan 30, 2019

*Dr. Fried man is always very pleasant & cheerful.

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2018

Dr. Friedman is one of the best physicians I have ever dealt with .

Reviewed on Oct 23, 2018

Dr. Friedman was actually in the exam room before we were! And we were on time.

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr. Friedman is incredible! He is knowledgeable, caring and always takes his time to hear questions and provide feedback. I trust my son's care with him which is very important to me!

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2018

Dr. Friedman is a great example of a caring provider!

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