Eli Friedman, MD
Medical Director, Cardiology Sports Medicine Program
I am a cardiologist with Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute, where I provide preventive cardiac care and treat patients with coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, cardiac rhythm problems, congestive heart failure and other heart complications.
I also provide specialized cardiac care for athletes of all skill levels, offering pre-participation screenings and treating acute conditions such as chest pain, dizzy spells, decreased athletic performance and heart rhythm disturbances.
I encourage patients to be actively involved in their care as I follow them for months, years and even decades. I believe choosing a treatment plan should be a shared decision-making process and should incorporate a patient’s goals, lifestyle and beliefs.
I was exposed to cardiovascular medicine from a young age and have continued to immerse myself in the field since. I believe that medicine is a life-long learning process and that our patients are at the center of that learning.
Before joining Memorial, I was a Division I college athlete at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition, during my medical training, I was the Finish Line Medical Director for the Pittsburgh Marathon and helped to provide cardiac care to several college and professional sports teams in the Pittsburgh area.Related Medical Services
Meet Dr. Friedman
- Chicago Medical School, 2011
- University Of Pittsburgh Med Ctr, 2012, Internal Medicine
- University Of Pittsburgh Med Ctr, 2014, Internal Medicine
- University Of Pittsburgh Med Ctr, 2017, Cardiovascular Disease
- Western Pennsylvania Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Inductee, 2014
- University of Pittsburgh Scholar Athlete Award, 2003-2005
- University of Pittsburgh’s Director of Athletics’ Honor List, 2003/2004 and 2004/2005
- Edward Kaufmann Athlete Scholar Award, 2001
During my training, my research focused on the impact sports and exercise have on the heart, including how much is beneficial and/or detrimental for patients with and without cardiac conditions. I explored the short- and long-term effects that activity can have on heart structure and function throughout a patient’s life.
- 2016-17: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Study of cardiac remodeling via transthoracic echocardiography correlated to wearable fitness trackers in NCAA Division I women’s college basketball players under the guidance of Dr. Joao Cavalcante
- 2014-2017: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Characteristics of Participants Seeking Medical Evaluation Prior to Long Distance Races Under the guidance of Dr. Jon Rittenberger, Dr. Ronald Roth and Dr. Aaron Mares
- 2010: Advocate Christ Hospital, Chicago, IL
Initial Examination of Cerebral Oximetry in Heart Failure Patients Under the guidance of Dr. Marc Silver, Department of Cardiology
- 2002-2005: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Drag Reduction by Polymer Infusion: A New Mechanism to Enhance Microcirculatory Perfusion for the Treatment of Ischemia Under the guidance of Dr. Flordeliza Villaneuva, Department of Cardiology
- October 2015: The Heart of a Champion Grand Rounds Lecture to UPMC Sports Medicine department regarding the athletic heart and Sports and Exercise Cardiology
- November 2016: Sudden Cardiac Death and Athletes Strive to Revive; Improving Cardiac Resuscitation and Cardiac Arrest Conference organized by Pennsylvania chapter of the American Heart Association
- May 11, 2015 USA Today College; “Long-distance races pose low overall risk for young runners”