In Memory of Robert Friedman, MD

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My father was a loyal and committed member of the NYU Langone Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology and had asked that any gifts from friends or colleagues be sent in support of the department. Below is the letter that department chair, Dr. Seth Orlow, sent today to the faculty and my father's dermatology colleagues:


Dear Faculty and Alumni:


It is with great sadness that I report the passing of our colleague, Bob Friedman MD, MSc in Florida at age 73 after a prolonged illness.

Bob received his BA from Adelphi University and earned an MD at McGill University in Montreal. He then trained at NYU in Anatomic Pathology, Dermatopathology and Dermatology. In the 1980s as Melanoma Fellows with Al Kopf, Bob and Darrell Rigel worked with Al to develop the ‘ABCDs of Melanoma’, leading to a landmark publication in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians. Twenty years later in 2005, with the addition of David Polsky, they updated the mnemonic to the ‘ABCDEs of Melanoma.’

Bob was a member of our voluntary faculty for 35 years. For many years, he ran our multidisciplinary skin tumor conference under the auspices of our Pigmented Lesion Section.

In association with and in addition to his clinical activities as an expert practitioner of dermatology and dermatopathology, Bob was a founder and physician leader of Dermpath Inc. and was involved in many other entrepreneurial endeavors. 

Our condolences go out to his wife Nancy, their sons, grandchildren and the rest of their family. He will be missed by his family, his colleagues and the generations of patients who benefited from his care.



This campaign supports: Dermatology Career Development Award


I just heard about the passing of Dr. Friedman and I am so so sorry. Such a brilliant man, kind and funny. My sincerest condolences to his family and loved ones.
Dr. Friedman was a wonderful and generous man who touched many of us... I feel fortunate to have known him and been his patient for many years... May his memory be for a blessing.
I was so sad to learn of the passing of Dr. Friedman. He was everything you could ask for in a physician...brilliant, caring along with a genuine concern about me as a patient. Sincere condolences to Nancy and his children and grandchildren.
Dr. Friedman was the most caring and brilliant doctor I have met. The 2 hour wait in his office (he worked so ridiculously hard) was absolutely worth it. He spent endless time with you as if you were the only patient that day. I will miss him.
In memory of our friend and partner Bob Friedman whom we loved dearly. He gave us the greatest gift.....a lifetime of unconditional friendship and many years of laughter,
Dear Nancy, We are sorry for your loss. We will miss Dr. Friedman greatly and will always have special memories of his excellent care and kindness. All our love, Jane and Dale
In loving memory of a great doctor, husband, father and friend!
In memory of a special man, exceptional doctor and loving father and husband. With love and sympathy, Dale & Peter
Bob was a wonderful and devoted doctor, whose expertise and caring for his patients were always exemplary. His warmth and friendship will be treasured always.
Dr. Friedman gave me my first steps to a career in medicine. I am forever grateful for his thoughtfulness and generosity. He will be miss but leaves behind a wonderful family.
Our deepest condolences to the entire Friedman family. May his memory be a blessing. The Ginsbergs
In memory of a special angel, Dr. Robert J. Friedman. You will be deeply missed. Thank you for the opportunity to work for the company you founded and for your support through the years. I will forever hold you close in my heart. Allison
Bob was one of my earliest mentors and together with Dr. Ed Heilman, allowed me to achieve my goal of becoming a dermatologist. His guidance, expertise, and humor will forever be missed. Our condolences to Nancy and the rest of the family.
Our sincere and deep condolences to the Friedman Family. With love, Ronni and Larry Mollick
Dear Randi, Seth, Hannah & Zach, We are so sorry for your loss and will be thinking of you during this sad time. Sincerely, Stacey, Larry, Jake, Brady & Chase Garb
Robert was a gifted clinician, dermatopathologist and a great friend. We shared many patients through the years, all admired his kindness, compassion and wealth of knowledge. Ruth and I send our condolences to Nancy, Scott, Seth and the extended family.
Bob was a very special person and a great friend. He did so much for skin cancer research, public education and our specialty. It is an honor for Beth and me to make this contribution in his memory.

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