Jeffrey D. Friedman, MD

Associate Professor of Plastic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Clinical Member, Research Institute
Division Chief, Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Following his postdoctoral training and fellowship in 1993, Dr. Friedman joined the faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas as an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery. While at Baylor, he also held an appointment at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Friedman joined Houston Methodist Hospital in 2005.

Description of Research

Dr. Friedman’s research interests center on microsurgical and implant based breast reconstruction, novel techniques in body contouring procedures and the use of limited access procedures for facial and abdominal aesthetic surgery. He is the author of numerous articles in the plastic and reconstructive surgery clinical literature, and has contributed to ten book chapters.

Areas Of Expertise

Liposuction Reconstructive Microsurgery Abdominoplasty Aesthetic Surgery of Head and Neck Facial Plastic Reconstruction Breast Surgery Body Countouring Congenital Anomalies of Breast
Education & Training

Clinical Fellowship , University of Southern California
Residency , Baylor College of Medicine
Residency , University of Illinois at Chicago, Cook County Hospital
Internship , University of Illinois at Chicago
MD , Baylor College of Medicine

Impact of Metabolic Syndrome on the Morbidity and Mortality of Patients Undergoing Panniculectomy
Zavlin, D, Jubbal, KT, Balinger, CL, Dinh, TA, Friedman, JD & Echo, A 2017, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, pp. 1-8. DOI:

Complications and Outcomes After Gynecomastia Surgery: Analysis of 204 Pediatric and 1583 Adult Cases from a National Multi-center Database
Zavlin, D, Jubbal, KT, Friedman, JD & Echo, A 2017, Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, pp. 1-7. DOI:

Self-contained diffuse optical imaging system for real-time detection and localization of vascular occlusions
Pollonini, L, Forseth, KJ, Dacso, CC, Parazynski, SE & Friedman, JD 2015, . in Proceedings of the Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBS. vol. 2015-November, 7319730, IEEE, pp. 5884-5887, 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, EMBC 2015, Milan, Italy, 25-29 August. DOI:

Expanded Role and Usefulness of the Mini-Abdominoplasty
Friedman, JD, Gordon, S, Kaufman, M & Menn, ZK 2015, Plastic and reconstructive surgery, vol 136, no. 4 Suppl, pp. 98-9. DOI:

Trends in the Surgical Correction of Gynecomastia
Brown, RH, Chang, DK, Siy, R & Friedman, J 2015, Seminars in Plastic Surgery, vol 29, no. 2, pp. 122-130. DOI:

Body contouring after massive weight loss
Ellsworth, WA & Friedman, JD 2013, . in The Fundamentals of Bariatric Surgery. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 207-217.

An algorithmic approach to the management of limb ischemia in infants and young children
Downey, C, Aliu, O, Nemir, S, Naik-Mathuria, B, Hatef, DA, Bullocks, JM & Friedman, JD 2013, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 131, no. 3, pp. 573-581. DOI:

A minimally invasive approach for the correction of a traumatic buttock deformity via wire subcision and volume replacement
Echo, A, Menn, ZK & Friedman, JD 2012, Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, vol 65, no. 6. DOI:

Reconstruction of congenital defects of the vagina
Eldor, L & Friedman, JD 2011, Seminars in Plastic Surgery, vol 25, no. 2, pp. 142-147. DOI:

Breast capsulectomy specimens and their clinical implications
Roth, FS, Felder, JM & Friedman, JD 2010, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 126, no. 6, pp. 1848-1852. DOI:

Subcutaneous temporal browlift under local anesthesia: A useful technique for periorbital rejuvenation
Bidros, RS, Salazar-Reyes, H & Friedman, JD 2010, Aesthetic Surgery Journal, vol 30, no. 6, pp. 783-788. DOI:

Breast implant salvage with the use of acellular dermal matrix following partial mastectomy
Ellsworth, WA, Rizvi, M, Lypka, M, Bass, BL & Friedman, JD 2010, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 126, no. 4. DOI:

Combined laparoscopic and microsurgical techniques for testicular autotransplantation: Is this still an evolving technique?
Kelley, BP, Higuera, S, Cisek, LJ, Friedman, J & Heller, L 2010, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, vol 26, no. 8, pp. 555-558. DOI:

The utility of the posterior thigh flap for complex pelvic and perineal reconstruction
Friedman, JD, Reece, GR & Eldor, L 2010, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 126, no. 1, pp. 146-155. DOI:

Safety and efficacy of suction-assisted lipectomy on irradiated skin and subcutaneous tissue
Ellsworth, WA, Reece, GP & Friedman, JD 2010, Annals of Plastic Surgery, vol 64, no. 4, pp. 442-445. DOI:

Umbilical hernia repair in conjunction with abdominoplasty: a surgical technique to maintain umbilical blood supply.
Bruner, TW, Salazar-Reyes, H & Friedman, JD 2009, Aesthetic surgery journal / the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic surgery, vol 29, no. 4, pp. 333-334.

Reconstruction of full-thickness calvarial defect: A role for artificial dermis
Momoh, AO, Lypka, MA, Echo, A, Rizvi, M, Klebuc, M & Friedman, JD 2009, Annals of Plastic Surgery, vol 62, no. 6, pp. 656-659. DOI:

Preventing recurrent pressure ulcers in veterans with spinal cord injury: Impact of a structured education and follow-up intervention
Rintala, DH, Garber, SL, Friedman, JD & Holmes, SA 2008, Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, vol 89, no. 8, pp. 1429-1441. DOI:

Cerebrospinal fluid leak after immediate tissue expander breast reconstruction in a patient with Dandy-Walker syndrome
Crawford, MH & Friedman, JD 2008, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, vol 121, no. 5. DOI:

A 7-year experience in utilizing the latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flap for bilateral breast reconstruction
Hankins, CL & Friedman, J 2008, Annals of Plastic Surgery, vol 60, no. 2, pp. 134-140. DOI: