Jennifer Friedman, MD
Dr. Jennifer Friedman serves as Clinical Professor of Neurosciences and Pediatrics and University of California San Diego, Senior Staff Neurologist at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, and Clinical Investigator at Rady Children's Institute for Genomic Medicine. She is an expert in adult and pediatric movement disorders and has particular interest in genetic and metabolic disorders that affect movement. She is a partner in the International Working Group for Neurotransmitter and Pterin disorders (iNTD). She directs the Movement Disorders Clinic and Tourette/Tic Disorder Center at Rady Children’s Hospital and has done research in the areas of neuro-genetics/genomics, Tourette’s syndrome and disability awareness education. In addition, she teaches medical students residents, fellows, and undergraduate students.
Outside of Rady/UCSD, Dr Friedman is a strong proponent of education of children to improve understanding of and tolerance toward those with disabilities. In 2005, in partnership with the Del Mar Heights Elementary School, Dr. Friedman developed the Understanding Differences program a curriculum designed to teach K-6 children tolerance through a basic understanding of the biology of disease and disability and environmentally related factors that affect health and wellness. Through 2016, Dr. Friedman continued to run this program which has been awarded the 2008-2009 Program Award of Excellence award from the North Coastal County PTA as well as the 2010 California School Board Golden Bell Award.
Dr. Friedman received her undergraduate training at Princeton University and earned her MD from Stanford University in 1991. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center followed by residency in neurology at Harvard Longwood Training Program. She was a clinical fellow in Movement Disorders at Boston University Medical Center and a clinical and research fellow in Neurogenetics and Dystonia at Massachusetts General Hospital. She served as a neurologist at several Boston hospitals and was an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School before joining Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego in 2004. Dr. Friedman is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She is a member of the American Academy of Neurology, the Movement Disorder Society, the Tourette Syndrome Association, and the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society.