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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Languages Spoken


Hospital Affiliations

Froedtert Hospital


Otolaryngology and Comm. Sciences - Froedtert Hospital
9200 West Wisconsin Avenue
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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4.8 out of 5. 135 ratings, 37 reviews
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.
Aug. 4, 2019
Dr Friesland has been instrumental in my treatment and keeping me healthy.
July 17, 2019
I was very impressed with the services provided. Everyone I dealt with was very professional and I made visit very enjoyable. I felt so comfortable that I am considering changing provider. Kathryn Rehse was very professional and informative. l would recommend to others.
June 23, 2019
i mentioned my congestion and possible allergies. The doctor did not comment or examine me for these.. He jusy focused on my hearing loss and results of my hearing test which was the reason for my visit.
June 15, 2019
Fantastic care. Would recommend Dr Friedland to anyone with an ear problem.
June 12, 2019
He addressed all of my concerns with care, compassion and competency. He noted that ear drops prescribed two days earlier by a nurse practitioner were no longer necessary and that her diagnosis of cellulitis may have been incorrect. He recommended following up with a dermatologist. Dr. Friedland was very thorough and took his time to understand everything going on with my health.
June 12, 2019
He is very professional and never makes you feel rushed. Pleasant & kind.
June 10, 2019
My ear issue is unique & Dr. Friedland is very up-to-date on techniques to treat my issues the best way possible. He is always friendly, polite & professional. I wish ALL doctors were like him.
May 24, 2019
The professionalism and care of my well being.
May 20, 2019
Always on time and informative. Takes as much time with me as needed. I never feel "rushed".
May 13, 2019
May 2, 2019
I had to to make four attempts in order to obtain an appointment. The first was online-- no response. The second two times I had to leave a message indicating a desire to make an appointment with no call back. The fourth time I called (several months later after not receiving a call back for the second time) I called in as a health care provider. I actually received a person who answered the phone (health care providers get attention). They were then again going to place my request for an appointment in the voice mailbox. I explained that this was the third time I called with no response. The person on the phone graciously scheduled an appointment. Why is it so difficult to make an appointment? Please know I started this process last fall with no response.
April 30, 2019
We asked for a map of the hospital before we left and the doctor took the time to print one out for us, I thought that was really nice of him.
April 30, 2019
Doctor and his assistant were great, very detailed and listened when I spoke. One thing that caught me off guard was when I showed up for what I thought was a visit with the ENT, they informed me I was also having a hearing test. I just had a hearing test 4 weeks ago from another ENT. If I had known in advance I was having another hearing test (double charge) I would of brought my recent test results with me.
April 26, 2019
Dr. Friedland was very personable and focused on my health. He explained things thoroughly and answered any questions I had. I am impressed with his professionalism and interact with my wife and I during my appointment.
April 25, 2019
he took the time to get me a sample piece of moleskin to wrap around my eye glasses
April 23, 2019
He seemed to truly care about my well being - did not look down on me for any questions I asked. Very good - felt very comfortable talking with him.
April 18, 2019
*Dr. Friedland was/always has been very professional, polite, respectful and helpful. he is an asset to your organization. I have the utmost respect for his staff and him. Thank you.
March 23, 2019
Excellent doctor.
March 16, 2019
I don't want to make a huge deal about it, but I didn't think the receptionist was very friendly. She wasn't rude; maybe I'd term it as business-like or perhaps indifferent. But I had a long drive to get to Froedert, then had to navigate parking and elevators, to get to an appointment about which I was a little apprehensive, and I guess I wanted enthusiastic or super-friendly.
Feb. 27, 2019
Excellent care was provided!
Jan. 30, 2019
Dr. Friedland always greets you with a genuine smile when he comes through the door like he is seeing an old friend. He is very kind and caring, listening and asking clarifying questions. He is very thorough and shows concern for you to be the best regarding what ails you (the reason for the visit). I'm so glad I found Dr. Friedland to take care of my ear needs!!
Jan. 30, 2019
He is an excellent physician that I respect and appreciate.
Jan. 29, 2019
Dr Friedland listened with care and showed genuine concern for my comfort and well being.