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Richard J. Friedman, MD, FRCSC

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Dr. Friedman's Resume >>Dr. Friedman's Curriculum Vitae

Richard J. Friedman, MD, FRCSCRichard J. Friedman, MD, FRCSC, is Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, Medical Director of Charleston Orthopaedic Associates, and an Adjunct Professor of Bioengineering at Clemson University. He is also Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Roper Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina.

Dr. Friedman received his MD degree in 1980 from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and completed residencies in surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital and in orthopedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program in Boston.  He also completed a clinical fellowship in surgery at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore as well as clinical fellowships in surgery and orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School in Boston.  Dr. Friedman is board certified in orthopedic surgery. 

A member of the North American and International Hip and Knee Registry Steering Committees as well as consultant to the Orthopedic Device Review Panel of the US Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Friedman is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American College of Surgeons, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, Academic Orthopaedic Society, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, South Carolina Medical Association, South Carolina Orthopaedic Association and European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow, among others.  He is a reviewer for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and Journal of Orthopaedic Research.  Dr. Friedman also serves on the American Medical Association CPT Advisory Committee as well as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons CPT Coding Committee.

Dr. Friedman was the founder of the Orthopaedic Research Laboratory at MUSC, and has received over 50 research grants, most recently for clinical research studies involving joint replacement surgery.  He has published over 200 peer reviewed scientific articles in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, Orthopedic Clinics of North America, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Journal of Orthopaedic Research. and Biomaterial. Dr. Friedman has also written numerous book chapters and had over 150 scientific abstracts published.  He has presented nationally and internationally at over 400 medical conferences.  Dr. Friedman’s special areas of interests focus on total joint replacement, including hip, knee, shoulder and elbow; shoulder and elbow disorders and sports medicine; and arthroscopic surgery.


Judith “Jodi” Gosnell – Front Office Coordinator

Judith “Jodi” GosnellOriginally from Spartanburg, Jodi has lived in Charleston for over four years.  She has worked in the counseling and medical field for three years.  Immediately after receiving her degree in Human Services, she began working for Charleston Orthopaedic Associates.  Jodi is currently working towards her Masters in Science. Her pleasant personality and willingness to help patients is an asset to our office.   If you need to schedule an appointment, have questions about the office, or need directions, please feel free to call her.




David Wigginton – X-ray Technician and Surgery Coordinator

David WiggintonDavid is a native Californian who relocated to South Carolina in November 2005.  He has been working with Dr. Friedman since February 2006.  Not only does David take digital x-rays for Dr. Friedman to view at his computer workstation, he also coordinates the scheduling of surgeries and pre-operative testing.  This involves scheduling the surgery with the hospital or facility and obtaining needed pre-certifications.  David calls our patients after surgery to see how they are doing and will remove their sutures at the post-operative visit.  Should you have any questions regarding surgery, care after surgery, or prescription refills, he is the one to contact.



Angie Ross – Office Manager

Angie RossAngie has been working with Charleston Orthopaedic Associates for over 4 years with a 14 year history of working in healthcare. As a certified coder, she is very knowledgeable of insurance and billing procedures and is available to discuss any insurance and billing issues you might have. Along with her administrative work, she works with Dr. Friedman during patient visits helping to schedule surgeries and with patient care. Please contact her with any questions, concerns, or compliments you may have about your visit to our office.




Lisa Mock – Clinical Research Coordinator

Lisa MockLisa Mock is a Certified Clinical Research Coordinator who coordinates all of our clinical research studies. With over 8 years of research experience, Lisa is the person you would call if you have any questions about a study or if you are interested in participating in one of our clinical studies.






Barbara Edmondson – Insurance and Scheduling Coordinator

Barbara EdmondsonBarbara has worked in the medical field for over 11 years in the areas of Ophthalmology and Orthopaedics. She feels the billing department should treat each patient equally and respectfully. Her experience helps her to go the extra mile in fixing problems should they arise. Barbara works with the patient and their insurance to get them scheduled as quickly as possible for any needed tests, physical therapy, or non-surgical procedures. Please feel free to call her with any billing or scheduling questions


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