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Barry Friedman

Chief of Clinical Global Services

Minnesota International Medicine

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Barry Friedman began his career in 1984 as an ICU Staff Nurse in St Louis Missouri which included caring for post-operative heart transplants. In 1986 he became an Organ Procurement Coordinator with Mid America Transplant. In 1991 he became a Pediatric Clinical Transplant Coordinator at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital and in 1994 became the Administrative Director. In 2004 he became the Administrative Director for Solid Organ Transplant at Children’s Medical Center, Dallas and in 2006 until 2012 was the Senior Administrative Director, Organ Transplantation Adult and Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. Currently he is the Chief of Clinical Global Services for Minnesota International Medicine.

Mr. Friedman has quickly become an active member in the international health care arena. He has assisted Minnesota International Medicine to become one of the most active international offices in the United States. He remains very active as Chief of Global Services and has consulted in 7 countries and two continents.

Mr. Friedman has been an active member of the transplant community. He is one of the few transplant professionals that has functioned in all areas of transplantation. He is a member of the American Society of Transplantation, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, NATCO, and UNOS. He is a past President of NATCO. He has served on various committees’ including the Board of Directors of UNOS. Barry has kept one theme paramount in his career and to be an “advocate for patients and families”. Throughout his career advancement he has ensured that all patients (donors and recipients) were treated fairly and equitable.

Mr. Friedman has mentored many of the currently practicing senior transplant professionals. He has done this in various modes by having staff visit his centers, visiting their centers, or through his work through professional organizations. Under his leadership at NATCO he was able to develop staff competencies for both organ procurement and clinical coordinators and those competencies are still the current standards of clinical practice. He resurrected the Transplant President’s council for the transplant organizations which has led to better cooperation among the transplant organizations. Finally he was instrumental in having non physician sessions at the American Transplant Congress.

Mr. Friedman has authored and co-authored several articles. He has organized and participated in several local and national transplant conferences. He loves family and sports. He has been dedicated and continues to lead the advancement of transplantation for well over three decades.

Mr. Friedman has also been an active member of the United States Air Force Reserves and has served most recently from February 2003 through August 2003 in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom as Director of Operations for Aeromedical Services. He was decorated with an Air Combat Medal in January 2004. He retired from the United States Air Force Reserves in July of 2006 after 30 years of service as a Major.


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