David R. Friedland, MD, PhD

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Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences Clinic (414) 805-5580


Dr. Friedland is a board-certified otolaryngologist head and neck surgeon with board-certified fellowship training at Johns Hopkins University in adult and pediatric otology, neurotology and cranial base surgery. He has specialized training in surgery for hearing restoration including placement of cochlear implants bone-anchored aids, brainstem implants and implantable hearing aids. Dr. Friedland's clinical interests focus primarily on cochlear implantation in both children and adults. He also has expertise in skill base tumors including surgical and Gamma Knife treatments. He has extensive clinical expertise in chronic ear disease and cholesteatoma. In addition to his clinical activities at the Medical College of Wisconsin, he maintains a research program studying ways to improve cochlear implant performance in older patients, the perception of music with hearing loss, and the molecular biology of cholesteatoma.

Dr. Friedland's practice style reflects the team approach to providing you with the best care. Working closely with dedicated Nurse Practitioners, Audiologists, and support staff, a full assessment of the patient's problem is performed through careful listening and specializing testing. Dr. Friedland believes education is a major key to treatment and will patiently explain the diagnosis and therapy in everyday terms using models and diagrams for clarity.


Diseases & Conditions

Acoustic Neuroma
Chronic Ear Disease
Facial Nerve Paralysis
Meniere's Disease
Migraine Associated Dizziness
Petrous Apicitis
Tympanic Membrane Perforation
Vestibular Disorders

Treatment & Services

Adult Hearing Loss and Rehabilitation
Auditory Brainstem Implants
Bone Anchored Hearing Aids
Cochlear Implants
Implantable Hearing Aids
Ototoxicity Monitoring
Skull Base Surgery
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Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Otolaryngology and Comm. Sciences - Froedtert Hospital
900 N. 92nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
(414) 805-5580
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Education & Training

City University of New York - NY - Doctor of Philosophy - (1993)

Mount Sinai School of Medicine - New York - NY - Doctor of Medicine - (1995)

Mount Sinai School of Medicine - New York - NY - Residency in Otolaryngology - (1996-2000)

Johns Hopkins University Hospital - Baltimore - MD - Fellowship in Otology- Neuro-Otology & Cranial Base Surgery - (2000-2002)

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Patient Reviews

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4.9 out of 5. 133 ratings, 27 reviews
June 6, 2020
Dr.Friedland is always professional, thorough and easy to talk to. I never feel rushed.
May 30, 2020
Dr. is very thorough and is very clear on any recommendations
May 3, 2020
Such wonderful care! I left the office with a plan of action and a timeline that was very clear to me. I felt re-asssured and encouraged. Dr. Friedland, the audiologist and his team are the best! Thank you.
April 29, 2020
He presented himself friendly, professional, knowledgeable and concerned about my issue.
Feb. 29, 2020
I trust Dr. Friedland with my significant ear problems. he has done multiple surgeries on my ears and I wouldn't have i8 any other way. he is a very caring doctor and am lucky to have him.
Feb. 22, 2020
Dr Friedland showed a genuine interest in what I had to say. He also showed a little sense of humor which was appropriate :D
Feb. 7, 2020
From making the apointment to checking in and everyone involved this was an exceptionally, if possible pleasant experience
Feb. 2, 2020
Very knowledgeable. Comprehensive approach to determining thee root cause of my medical problem. His subject matter expertise was clear as day.
Jan. 25, 2020
The time taken with me listening to what I had to say to help make my diagnosis.
Jan. 16, 2020
thought and was told by other md's and therapists that I had severe vertigo (but it's been persistent for 5 months!! Dr Friedland diagnosis is orthostasis. after lengthy questions and tests. upon his recommendations I feel better already upon properly exercise. He is fabulously!
Jan. 10, 2020
Since I was having hearing difficulty, Dr Friedland was very clear in his explanations & instructions and made sure I understood everything he was telling me.
Jan. 10, 2020
Dr. Friedland is very knowledgeable and explains things so I can understand. Certainly the best doctor I've seen.
Jan. 2, 2020
Dr. Friedland was well prepared for my visit. He gave me visuals as well as a verbal update of my post-surgical condition and answered all of my questions. I felt like he really cared about me. Also, I got in for my appointment ahead of the scheduled time.
Dec. 14, 2019
Dr. Friedland is a great doctor. Very caring and knowledgable.
Nov. 12, 2019
When I arrived in the area I was treated with respect. The person related very well with me and was able to direct me to the appropriate medical person i needed. Very impressed.
Nov. 7, 2019
I thought both of the doctors that worked with me were very knowledgeable and were very sensitive to my problem. I was very pleased with the services I received!!!
Nov. 5, 2019
The Person who scheduled my appointment was aware of the need for me to be seen as quickly as possible due to my symptoms. I was seen the same day. I didn't realize the urgency of my symptoms. Everyone, especially Dr Friedland was very helpful and informative and continues to be. I will be saying prayers of thanks for Dr Friedland and his team. I have great hope for a full recovery thanks to this wonderful team.
Oct. 27, 2019
The best Dr ever in every way!. I'm a retired nurse. I know a great Dr. When I see them!
Oct. 21, 2019
Only a 7 because I mentioned a sore throat to the nurse that took my bp, but the doctor did not address that.
Oct. 10, 2019
good listener
Oct. 4, 2019
best care ever!
Sept. 26, 2019
Excellent doctor
Sept. 25, 2019
Dr Decker was exceptional in all aspects
Sept. 13, 2019
I was told to see an ENT specialist ASAP upon request of urgent care. Had to plead w/scheduling for this acute issue. This appt. was difficult to get.
Sept. 5, 2019
friendly, professional and knowledgeable. Explains things thoroughly and in a way that is easy to understand.
Aug. 31, 2019
He was amazing. He took the time to really listen to me, explain things, looked into my chart and MRI/CT scans, he was very thorough and made me feel so comfortable and cared for. He was exactly what I was looking for in a doctor and I wish there where more like him!
Aug. 27, 2019
The dr. explained surgery options & I actually got to see the cholesteotoma in my ear. I never seen that with any other dr.