During his illustrious 55-year career, Dr. Gerald J. Friedman pioneered clinical nutrition’s role in disease prevention. A brilliant and widely respected New York physician, Dr. Friedman specialized in diabetes and metabolism, endocrinology, cardiology, and internal medicine. He spent his distinguished career caring for thousands of patients at some of New York’s finest hospitals and was fascinated by medical research throughout his life. He served as National Director of Medicine for United Parcel Service for 37 years.
His legacy lives on through the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation, which is dedicated to continuing the philanthropic legacy of Dr. Friedman. The foundation supports and promotes medical research, especially in the areas of diabetes, nutrition, nephrology, neurology, and oncology.
The Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery was made possible by a member of the Friedman family who is passionate about helping individuals dealing with breast cancer, breast reconstruction, and cancer-related lymphedema. This individual, though the Friedman Foundation, endowed Dr. Mark L. Smith with this initiative—to support women in feeling whole again. It is through this generous grant that the Friedman Center for Breast and Lymphatic Surgery came to be and continues to grow.
Other projects and centers funded by the foundation include the Gerald J. and Dorthy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy (Tufts University), the Gerald J. Friedman Diabetes Institute (Beth Israel Medical Center NYC), and the Gerald J. Friedman Transgender Health & Wellness Program (Lenox Hill Hospital, Northwell Health).