Monica Friedman, DO, is a pediatric rheumatologist and the chief of pediatric rheumatology at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. Dr. Friedman earned her medical degree from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She then completed her pediatric residency at University of Florida College of Medicine in Jacksonville. From there, she continued her training in New Hyde Park, New York completing a pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Cohen Children’s Medical Center/North Shore LIJ.
After completing her training, she accepted a position as assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine and worked as a pediatric rheumatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. She has co-published articles involving complicated rheumatologic disorders and edited the chapter on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Rudolph’s Pediatrics Textbook.
Although medication is the mainstay therapy for rheumatologic diseases, Dr. Friedman has incorporated complementary therapies into her practice to provide an integrative approach to treatment. She has given lectures on the topic of complementary therapies in the juvenile idiopathic arthritis patient and looks forward to continuing to merge Eastern and Western medicine into her practice at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer.