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Faces of Cedars-Sinai: Dr. Oren Friedman, Cardiac Surgery ICU

Oren Friedman, doctor, Cedars-Sinai

Dr. Oren Friedman

Dr. Oren Friedman wears many hats in the Smidt Heart Institute.

He’s the associate director of the cardiac surgery intensive care unit (ICU), but that’s not all.

He also finds time to improve cardiac arrest resuscitation with the Code Blue Committee, work on the pulmonary embolism response team, and train other physicians.

We chatted with him to learn more about his background, his work, and how he recharges with his family.


Everyone’s different expertise and backgrounds really contribute to the care of the patient. I like that multidisciplinary aspect of the care we provide in the ICU.


Where are you from?

Accepting New Patients

What inspired you to pursue medicine?



What's the best part of your job?

How do you spend your time outside of work?


My college adviser told me I’d never get into medical school and I should think of a different career.I wanted to prove them wrong so I worked doubly hard to make sure it happened.


What are your favorite spots to hike?

What would you be doing if you weren’t in your current career?



What’s your TV guilty pleasure?

Best advice you’ve ever received?


In Discoveries: Safer Heart Surgeries


What excites you about the future?