Faculty Profile

Charles P. Friedman, PhD

Charles P. Friedman, PhD

  • Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education
  • Chair, Department of Learning Health Sciences, Medical School
  • Professor, Department of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health
  • Professor, School of Information
  • Editor-in-Chief:  Learning Health Systems
  • 205 Victor Vaughan Bldg.,
  • 1111 E. Catherine St.,
  • Ann Arbor, 48109-2054

Charles Friedman is the Josiah Macy Jr. Professor of Medical Education and Chair of the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. He joined the University of Michigan in September of 2011 as Professor of Information and Public Health, and Director of the Michigan health informatics program. Throughout his career, Dr. Friedman’s primary academic interests have intertwined biomedical and health informatics with the processes of education and learning.

Dr. Friedman’s department is a “first in the nation” medical school academic department dedicated to the sciences of learning at all levels from scale: from learning by individuals, to learning by teams and organizations, and learning by ultra-large scale systems such as entire nations.

Prior to coming to Michigan, Dr. Friedman held executive positions at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC): from 2007 to 2009 as Deputy National Coordinator and from 2009 to 2011 as ONC's Chief Scientific Officer. While at ONC, Friedman oversaw a diverse portfolio that included the initial funding for the SMART platform.

Prior to his work in the government, Dr. Friedman was Associate Vice Chancellor for Biomedical Informatics, and Founding Director of the Center for Biomedical Informatics at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Advanced Study in Medical Informatics, , Stanford University,
  • PhD, Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
  • M.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
  • B.S., Physics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,

  • Creation of a national-scale learning health system

  • Development and sustainability of enterprise level knowledge resources
  • Knowledge-based applications to support decisions by care providers and consumers
  • Methods for studying the effectiveness of technologically-based interventions
  • Technologically-based innovations in education

  • Friedman, C.P., Wong, A.K., & Blumenthal, D. (2010). Achieving a nationwide learning health system. Science Translational Medicine 1-3.
  • Friedman, C.P. (2009). A 'fundamental theorem' of biomedical informatics. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 169-170.
  • Barnes, B.E., Friedman, C.P., Rosenberg, J., & Levine, A.S. (2006). Creating an infrastructure for training in the responsible conduct of research: The University of Pittsburgh's experience. Academic Medicine 119-127.
  • Friedman, C.P. (2005). "Smallball" evaluation: A prescription for studying community-based information interventions. Journal of the Medical Library Association S43-S48.
  • Friedman, C.P., Gatti, G.G., Franz, T.M., Murphy, G.C., Wolf, F.M., Heckerling, P.S., Fine, P.S., Miller, T.M., & Elstein, A.S. (2005). Do physicians know when their diagnoses are correct? Implications for decision support and error reduction. Journal of General Internal Medicine 334-339.
  • Friedman, C.P., Altman, R.B., Kohane, I.S., McCormick, K.A., Miller, P.L., Ozbolt , J.G., Shortliffe, E.H., Stormo, G.D., Szczepaniak, M.C.,Tuck, D., & Williamson, J. (2004). Training the next generation of informaticians: The impact of 'BISTI' and bioinformatics. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 167-172.
  • Hashem, A., Chi, M., & Friedman, C.P. (2003). Medical errors as a result of specialization. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 61-69.
  • Crowley, R.S., Naus, G.J., Stewart, J., & Friedman, C.P. (2003). Development of visual diagnostic expertise in pathology - An information-processing study. Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association 36-50.
  • Friedman, C.P. (2000). The marvelous medical education machine. Academic Medicine 496-502.
  • Friedman, C.P., Elstein, A.S., Wolf, F.M., Murphy, G.C., Franz, T.M., Heckerling, P.S., Fine, P.L., Miller, T.M., & Abraham, V. (1999). Enhancement of clinicians' diagnostic reasoning by computer-based consultation: A multisite study of 2 systems. Journal of the American Medical Association 1851-1856.

  • American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA)
  • Association of University Programs in Health Administration

Associate Editor, Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association Developed the partnership between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Library of Medicine to support enhanced training in public health informatics One of the architects of the NIH program of National Centers for Biomedical Computing Program chair, 2005 AMIA Fall Symposium Founding chair, Group on Information Resources, Association of American Medical Colleges Former Associate Editor for information resources, Academic Medicine