Michael Friedman, MD

Medical Director

“People often ask me, ‘What drives your passion?’ It’s really quite simple: finding new solutions to help my patients.”

Michael Friedman, MD, is an Otolaryngologist–Head and Neck Surgeon and serves as Medical Director for Chicago ENT. Since 1977, Dr. Friedman has practiced as an ear, nose, and throat doctor in the Chicago area, and has earned recognition from peers and patients alike. Today, he is a professor of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Rush University Medical Center, and he is chairman of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. Friedman is also a nationally known expert on head and neck cancer, endoscopic sinus surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, and sleep disorders.

Over the past 30 years, Dr. Friedman has trained countless surgeons, fellows, residents, and medical students. He has published more than 200 scientific articles and has co-authored many book chapters and textbooks on snoring, sleep apnea, and thyroid and parathyroid surgery.

Dr. Friedman’s clinical philosophy is that the solution to a patient’s problem begins with their story. He believes that listening to the patient’s history and symptoms is the first step to helping them, and that a comprehensive assessment will lead to the most accurate treatment — one that centers around thoroughness and precision. At Chicago ENT, patients have the knowledge and experience from multiple specialists to provide opinions for the most complicated problems.

Dr. Friedman’s patients come from across America as well as from the Chicagoland area. In fact, it’s not unusual for patients to travel from outside the United States seeking his evaluation and leading-edge treatments.

Dr. Friedman relies on a detailed analysis of the problem, and thus, can often provide a solution without invasive surgical procedures. Dr. Friedman is also a member of 13 professional societies, and is a frequent lecturer all over the world. He has been featured on ABC, CBS, FOX, WGN-TV, and in national publications and journals.

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American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 1977

Residencies: Metro-Six, University of Illinois at Chicago, Surgery, 1973-74; University of Illinois at Chicago, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 1974-1977
Internship: Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Chicago, Medicine, 1972-73
Medical: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, MD, 1972
Undergraduate: Yeshiva University, New York, BA, 1968, Premedicine, Chemistry

State of Illinois, 1972

Castle Connolly Medical Guide–America’s Top Doctors, 2001-2019
Chicago Magazine’s Top Doctors, 2001-2019
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Foundation, Star Peer-Reviewer Award, 2010-2012
Castle Connolly Medical–A Regional Guide to Physicians, 2000-2004
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award, 1995
The Edmund Prince Fowler Award for Excellence in Basic Research. Presented by the American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, 1986

American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery Sleep Disorders Committee Member, 2010-present
American Academy of Sleep Medicine Clinical Sleep Society, 1998-present
American Rhinologic Society, 1992-present
International Association of Phonosurgeons, 1992-present
American Broncho-Esophagological Association, 1990-present
American Sleep Disorders Association, 1986-present
American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society, 1986-present
American Society for Head and Neck Surgery, 1984-present
American College of Surgeons, 1980-present
Chicago Laryngological and Otological Society, 1977-present
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, 1979-present
Illinois State Medical Society, 1973-present
Chicago Medical Society, 1973-present
American Medical Association, 1973-present

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 1977-present
Rush University Medical Center, 1991-present
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, 2013-present
Swedish Covenant Hospital, 2009-present