Eli Friedman, MD

Cardiology, Sports Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease
Primary Office
Address 1150 N 35th Avenue
Suite 605
Hollywood, FL 33021

About Me

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


  • 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
  • Hebrew



  • 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” 

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