Rick A. Friedman

Division Director, Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery

Areas of treatment:

Acoustic Neuroma
Chronic Ear Infections
Facial Nerve Tumors
Hearing and Balance Disorders
Meniere’s Disease
Microvascular Decompression
Pediatric and Adult Cochlear Implants
Skull Base Surgery


  • Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery


  • Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


  • English
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Rick A. Friedman, MD, PhD

Division Director, Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Medicine of USC - Beverly Hills
  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

Dr. Friedman is a world renowned leader in the treatment of acoustic neuromas. He began his career as a fellow at House Clinic and later joined the group as an Associate where he had a busy practice for 15 years. He now serves as division director of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery in the USC Tina and Rick Caruso Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Keck Medicine of USC. He is an NIH funded scientist and his laboratory studies the genetics of common forms of hearing loss. Dr. Friedman belongs to a majority of the societies in his area of specialization, including the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American Otological Society, the Acoustic Neuroma Association, the American Neurotology Society, the North American Skull Base Society, the Triological Society and the NIH/National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) where he serves as an Ad Hoc Reviewer.

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BA, University of California, Los Angeles (1984)
MD, University of California, San Diego (1988)
PhD, Dept. of Molecular Pathology. University of California, San Diego, CA,


Intern, Dept. of Surgery, UCSD Medical Center (1988-1989)


Resident, Division of Otolaryngology, UCSD Medical Center (1989-1994)


Clinical Fellow, House Ear Clinic, Inc. (1995)


Board certified in Otolaryngology and Neurotology
American Board of Otolaryngology

Professional society memberships:

American Otological Society
American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery
Association for Research in Otolaryngology
Acoustic Neuroma Association, Medical Advisory Board (2005 to present)
American Neurotology Society


Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015