CUNY School of Medicine Announces a New Interim Dean


Dr. Erica FriedmanCUNY School of Medicine Welcomes Interim Dean  

Dr. Erica Friedman
Interim Dean 
Dr. Erica Friedman has been appointed as interim dean of the CUNY School of Medicine after founding dean, Dr. Maurizio Trevisan stepped down and returned to faculty in February.  Trevisan is credited for advocating and securing support for the former Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education to become an accredited medical school. 

Friedman had been serving as deputy dean for medical education under Trevisan and was faculty lead during the school’s preliminary and provisional accreditation phases.  Having the experience and expertise to take the school through to full accreditation, she was the natural choice. Friedman is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.  She has practiced in academic medical centers in New York City including NYU School of Medicine, New York Medical College and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.   She is an American College of Physicians Fellow and a member of the American Medical Association.

Friedman is an expert in medical education, having over 33 years of experience at academic medical centers.  Dr. Friedman is passionate about advocating for diversity and equity in the health professions workforce and for being a change agent for needed systemic healthcare reform that will lead to health and quality of life improvements for individuals, communities and our nation, particularly those that are chronically underserved.

“I am proud to be serving as interim dean of this amazing school of exceptional and committed faculty, staff and students,” she states.  “Our students’ passion is infectious, and they are outspoken champions of our school and the profession’s mission for equality and social justice in healthcare and medicine. Being one of the most diverse medical schools in North America, it is an honor to help ensure its longevity.”