William A. Friedman, M.D., was recognized as the 2021 Honored Guest by the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) at its annual meeting held Oct. 16-20 in Austin, Texas.
“To understand Bill, you have to understand hard work, dedication, insight, integrity and loyalty to his colleagues, his faculty and his institution,” Frank J. Bova, M.D., a UF medical physicist and Friedman’s longtime colleague, said in introducing Friedman at the award presentation. “I have had the absolute privilege to work closely with Bill Friedman for over 35 years and have observed Bill’s methodical approach.”
Friedman is a pioneer in the development of a now commonly used noninvasive neurosurgical treatment called stereotactic radiosurgery and was chair of UF’s Lillian S. Wells Department of Neurosurgery from 1999-2018. Now chair emeritus, Friedman continues to serve as a UF Health neurosurgeon and co-director of UF’s Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy.
At the CNS meeting, Friedman also delivered three presentations: “The Mind,” “The U.S. Health Care System” and “Radiosurgery.”