Coordinated Health

Robert Friedman, MD

Medical Director for Sports Medicine

5 Patient Stories
Robert Friedman, MD
Medical Director for Sports Medicine

Robert Friedman, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with Coordinated Health, part of Lehigh Valley Health Network.

Dr. Friedman received his Bachelor of Science with high honors from the University of California at Santa Barbara and his medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles.  He completed his orthopedic residency at Duke University and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Southern California Center for Sports Medicine under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas Jackson, a leader in the field.  During these training years, he cared for numerous high school, collegiate and professional athletes from the National Champion mens Duke Basketball team to the LA Kings and Lakers. Over 17 years he cared for the local high school athletes in Western New Jersey, helping these student athletes perform at their best.

Dr. Friedman is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and past Chairman of the Piedmont Orthopedic Society.   He has held leadership positions at his hospital, including President of the medical staff, Chief of Orthopedics and served on the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Friedman’s area of expertise includes knee and shoulder disorders,  including sports injuries, instability, cartilage disruption, rotator cuff problems and joint replacement.

Robert Friedman, center in the bubble helmet, and others look at a computer screen during a knee replacement operation in 2006. (lehighvalleylive.com file photo)

He has two children who are accomplished as well. His daughter graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where she was on the Equestrian team, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in global health at Duke University. Her proposed thesis work is on Tanzania, and she and her father hiked Mount Kilaminjaro in August of 2018. Dr. Friedman’s son is a junior pitcher for the University of San Diego, where he is pursuing a degree in sports psychology. Similar to his son, Dr. Friedman has played sports all his life, and enjoys skiing, golfing, hiking and biking. He has helicopter skied in Canada and climbed Mt. Whitney with his daughter, the highest peak in the US.  He bungee jumped off of the highest jump in the world, in South Africa. 

Dr. Friedman on top of Mount Kilimanjaro in August 2018

In 2017, Dr. Friedman was inducted into the Warren County Hall of Fame in New Jersey, in recognition of his work in orthopedic surgery and his contributions to the Warren County community. 

Warren County’s Hall of Fame Class of 2017 includes, from left, Robert Friedman, Sal Simonetti, Kathleen Halpin, John McCann and Tomas Gonzales. (Photo courtesy Cathy Miller)



Southern California Center for Sports Medicine
Long Beach, CA

Medical School

University of California, Los Angeles
Doctor of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA


University of California, Santa Barbara
BA in Biology
Santa Barbara, CA

Services Provided

  • Knee replacement
  • Knee surgery
  • Shoulder surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • ACL reconstructions
  • All inside ACL reconstruction
  • Shoulder instability
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Cartilage resurfacing
  • Treatment of cartilage defects
  • Complex rotator cuff repairs
  • Shoulder injuries in adolescents
  • PRP injections
  • Throwing injuries in athletes
5 Testimonials
The Best!
“ After years of our son having knee and ankle pain and no one being able to help him we went to Coordinated Health. We were lucky enough to make his initial appointment with Dr. Friedman. We couldn't ask for a better doctor. He diagnosed him immediately, performed the surgeries and my son is now at 100% with no pain. Dr. Friedman is fantastic and we are so grateful to have him as Alex's doctor. We recommend Dr. Friedman and Coordinated Health to everyone. ”
Lynn S. from Nazareth, PA
An excellent doctor
“ I was very impressed with Dr Friedman. He completely put me at ease and explained clearly what I needed to do to improve the problem I have been having with my knee. I left his office optimistic about my recovery and pain free! ”
Joao F. from Washington, NJ
Problems walking and stair use fixed
“ First of all, with great pleasure I want to give credit to the front desk ladies. They are always so welcoming and glad to help you with any questions needed ! Very professional and friendly. I also would like to acknowledge the pain department and the wonderful nurses that are all so informative and on top of your problems! And great props to your awesome doctors. I have many health issues, too many! And to be able to walk almost pain-free and having great Holidays due to excellent health care is something that I can not express in words. CH is a great help to my well being and I want my appreciation to be known to your caring facility. Thank You so much ”
David Y. from Phillipsburg , NJ
Best Hospital and Staff
“ I had a right knee replacement on Jan. 11 2018. Dr. Friedman performed the surgery and he is the absolute best- professional and caring. Stayed in the hospital one and a half days! Nurses Patti, Layna, Jenn are the very best! Techs Annamarie and Andrea could not have been better or more attentive to my needs. The food was excellent and well prepared. I highly recommend this hospital! Dr. Friedman and the staff made for the best hospital experience I have ever had. ”
Joseph M. from Belvidere, N.j
Got Me Back on the Field!
“ Dr. Friedman and his team took fantastic care of me at the Emrick Blvd. office. He identified my torn labrum and rotator cuff, performed surgery, and prescribed physical therapy to get me back on the field before the season started. I am so thankful to him and his team! ”
Richard O. from Allentown, PA
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