Robert H. Friedman, MD

Professor, Medicine

Robert Friedman
801 Massachusetts Ave Crosstown Center


Biomedical informatics with specific expertise in clinical and public health informatics. Research focuses on the development and evaluation of informatics-based systems for delivering health care virtually that complements and improves the quality and efficiency of health care delivered though conventional means. Special focus on patients with common chronic diseases, especially those that are ambulatory care-sensitive (e.g., the outcomes and costs of care are directly related to the quality of ambulatory care and to optimal care during transitions from acute to chronic care. The work addresses both the monitoring of patients outside of the hospital setting, the identification of clinical care and disease status issues, alerting health care professionals and the patients about these actionable conditions, and the promotion of patient self-care management. The ultimate goal is to refashion the delivery of health care so that it is more effective and more efficient.

Expertise in the organization and performance of primary care facilities in medical schools in the U.S.

Other Positions

  • Director, General Internal Medicine (Medical Information Systems Unit), Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Research Assistant Professor, Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
  • Boston Medical Center


  • Stanford University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard College, AB


  • Published on 6/26/2018

    Mui LWH, Friedman RH, Lau JTF, Peng J, Abdullah AS. A RCT to evaluate a totally automated, culturally-adapted telephone counselor for increasing physical activity among physically inactive individuals in China. BMC Public Health. 2018 06 26; 18(1):785. PMID: 29940904.

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  • Published on 6/28/2017

    Wang J, Abdullah AS, Ma Z, Fu H, Huang K, Yu H, Wang J, Cai L, He H, Xiao J, Quintiliani L, Friedman RH, Yang L. Building capacity for information and communication technology use in global health research and training in China: a qualitative study among Chinese health sciences faculty members. Health Res Policy Syst. 2017 Jun 28; 15(1):59. PMID: 28659155.

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  • Published on 6/12/2017

    Ma Z, Yang L, Yang L, Huang K, Yu H, He H, Wang J, Cai L, Wang J, Fu H, Quintiliani L, Friedman RH, Xiao J, Abdullah AS. Developing a Curriculum for Information and Communications Technology Use in Global Health Research and Training: A Qualitative Study Among Chinese Health Sciences Graduate Students. JMIR Med Educ. 2017 Jun 12; 3(1):e11. PMID: 28606894.

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  • Published on 4/1/2015

    Chang FH, Latham NK, Friedman RH, Jette AM. Interactive voice response version of the late-life function and disability instrument. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2015 Apr; 63(4):770-5. PMID: 25900491.

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  • Published on 1/8/2015

    Wright JA, Whiteley JA, Laforge RG, Adams WG, Berry D, Friedman RH. Validation of 5 stage-of-change measures for parental support of healthy eating and activity. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2015 Mar-Apr; 47(2):134-42.e1. PMID: 25579067.

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  • Published on 11/10/2014

    Wright JA, Quintiliani LM, Turner-McGrievy GM, Migneault JP, Heeren T, Friedman RH. Comparison of two theory-based, fully automated telephone interventions designed to maintain dietary change in healthy adults: study protocol of a three-arm randomized controlled trial. JMIR Res Protoc. 2014; 3(4):e62. PMID: 25387065.

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  • Published on 4/22/2014

    Wright JA, Adams WG, Laforge RG, Berry D, Friedman RH. Assessing parental self-efficacy for obesity prevention related behaviors. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2014; 11:53. PMID: 24750693.

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  • Published on 4/1/2014

    Mooney KH, Beck SL, Friedman RH, Farzanfar R, Wong B. Automated monitoring of symptoms during ambulatory chemotherapy and oncology providers' use of the information: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Support Care Cancer. 2014 Sep; 22(9):2343-50. PMID: 24687538.

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  • Published on 1/14/2014

    Gordon LG, Bird D, Oldenburg B, Friedman RH, Russell AW, Scuffham PA. A cost-effectiveness analysis of a telephone-linked care intervention for individuals with Type 2 diabetes. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2014 Apr; 104(1):103-11. PMID: 24503043.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Turner-McGrievy GM, Wright JA, Migneault JP, Quintiliani L, Friedman RH. The interaction between dietary and life goals: using goal systems theory to explore healthy diet and life goals. Health Psychol Behav Med. 2014 Jan 01; 2(1):759-769. PMID: 25750817.

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