Oren Friedman

Associate Professor of Clinical Otorhinolaryngology
Perelman School of Medicine

Oren Friedman

How long have you worked at Penn?
“Nearly five years. I came here after being at the Mayo Clinic for nearly eight years.”

What’s the best part of your job?
“The best part of it is engaging in educational experiences with medical students and residents, as well as undergraduates who are looking for opportunities in medicine. Advancing the care we provide our patients through innovations developed with burgeoning doctors is fascinating.”

How’d you get interested in this type of work?
“Going through medical school, I really loved every aspect of medicine. I think medicine in general is a field that is special for those people who enjoy interacting and helping others. I don’t feel like I’m at work when I’m working, it’s just all fun and exciting. I feel privileged, honored, and lucky to interact with human beings on this level and to provide help in a time of need. I can improve their quality of life in a way that seems unimaginable.”

Any examples of how you’ve helped someone?
“I can remember the first rhinoplasty I performed. When I took the cast off, this 18-year-old girl started crying, because she was so happy to look in the mirror and see herself physically the way she always imagined. Every day before then, she had looked in the mirror and disliked what she was seeing. We reshaped her nose in a relatively simple procedure. If this is a way you can change someone’s life, it’s very rewarding.”

What makes your workplace unique?
“I think I would have to say that the people who I work with day to day make the office and workplace unique and amazing. The extreme dedication to patient care and to maintaining the best interest of the patients across the board, that’s what makes our office function on such a high level. The patients are the most important element in our day, and we want them to know that. We’re here for them.”

—L.H.