by Jasmine Phiri
April 27, 2018
Co-Chief Medical Officer,
Jon Friedman, MD, FAST is the Chief Medical Officer for Optum’s Medical Benefit Management business. He has clinical oversight and responsibility for Transplantation, Chronic and End Stage Kidney Disease, Bariatric Surgery, Ventricular Assist Devices, Congenital Heart Disease, and Spine/Joint Solutions.
He has been with Optum for 17 years. Prior to becoming CMO for Medical Benefit Management, Dr. Friedman spent six years with Optum as the National Medical Director of Transplants and Congenital Heart Disease. He was PacifiCare’s Medical Director of their National Preferred Transplant Network from 2001 to 2007.
Dr. Friedman holds a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; an MD from Washington University Medical School in St. Louis; and a Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine from UCLA, Los Angeles. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine.
Dr. Friedman is a Fellow of the American Society of Transplantation and received a Distinguished Service Award from AST in June 2016 for his efforts in supporting living kidney donation.