Surgeon-scientist Friedlander ’87 to speak on Wednesday, Feb 29

Robert Friedlander, MD, Chairman and Professor of Neurological Surgery at Univ. Pittsburgh Medical Center, will visit campus on Wednesday, Feb 29. Dr. Friedlander is a graduate of the Biochemistry Department at Brandeis (BA/MA, 1987). He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1991 followed by a residency in neurosurgery (also at Harvard).

Dr. Friedlander is a leading scientist investigating the mechanisms of neuronal cell death in a broad spectrum of neurological diseases. His work has developed new approaches for the treatment of stroke, brain and spinal cord injury as well as Huntington’s disease and ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease). He is one of a very select group of authors to have been invited by the New England Journal of Medicine to write both a basic science review (mechanisms of neuronal cell death), as well as a clinical review (management of AVMs).

Friedlander will lecture on the Role of CASPASES in Neurologic Issues in the Joint Biology/Biochemistry Seminar Series at 4:00 pm in Gerstenzang 121.

Friedlander has also kindly agreed to be available to talk to pre-medical students who might want to hear about medical school, the ins-and-outs of an academic career as a surgeon scientist, and strategies for getting into med school. The meeting will be held at 5:15 pm on Wednesday, also in Gerstenzang 121.



  1. Well some people have a saying “Its not brain surgery”. Well what this guy does IS brain surgery. It sounds like if you are on campus he may give an interesting speech. Probably over our heads for many of us but anytime you get to talk with someone who contributes so much to other it must pay off.

    I have met a few surgeons. Mine was heart surgeon who I will say was absolutely the most together guy I have ever met. I suspect Dr. Friedlander will also be that kind of guy.

    Take a chance, spend the hour, and improve your life.


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