Dr. Friedlis has been performing stem cell treatments for over 10 years and was the first physician, on the East Coast of the United States, to perform these procedures. He is one of few physicians in the Washington DC metropolitan area trained to perform Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy, and he is one of the first doctors in the area to use stem cell therapy for musculoskeletal injuries, in particular knee and hip arthritis. Performing several hundred stem cell treatments annually, Dr. Friedlis joined the Regenexx Network in 2012 and is one of its earliest affiliates. “I decided to bring the Regenexx Protocols into the practice, as I believe that they are a state-of- the-art option for stem cell use. The research is strong and ongoing, which is important for the development of this science.” He is responsible for introducing these advanced regenerative techniques into the arsenal of treatment options now available at National Spine & Pain Centers and StemCell ARTS.
Since joining National Spine & Pain Centers in 1983, Dr. Friedlis has helped expand the practice into the thriving, nationally recognized leader it is today. He is passionate about the science of pain management and committed to delivering the most effective therapies possible to each of his patients. Throughout his 25+ years of experience he has actively enhanced his knowledge and expertise through continuing education, training and research. This has established him in the region as the foremost practitioner of Regenerative therapies for musculoskeletal injuries.
Dr. Friedlis is passionate about helping people in pain, whether their problem is simple or complex. He believes that “we must always challenge ourselves to stay on the cutting edge of our field. We must evaluate each new treatment option that comes available and gauge if it can help our patients. If it can, then we have a responsibility to do what it takes to bring it into practice, so that our patients can benefit.” His philosophy is to approach each case individually, with the goal of actually curing the patient, as opposed to simply controlling their pain. “Find the cause, then treat for cure” is his motto.
An advocate for global stewardship, Dr. Friedlis coordinated medical mission trips to Central Mexico in 2005, 2007, 2010, and 2012 that were sponsored by the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and provided much needed pain management services to poor, rural communities. In 2011, he served as Program Director for a new medical outreach program that brought then nonexistent pain management services to Lima, Peru.
Dr. Friedlis was voted among WASHINGTONIAN Magazine’s Top Doctors in Pain Management. He is currently serving as Past President of the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine and is chairman of their educational committee, a post he also holds at National Spine &Pain Centers. Dr. Friedlis is a nationally recognized expert in pain and is a frequent speaker at national conferences on Regenerative Therapies. Dr. Friedlis earned his medical degree from Wayne State University and was selected Chief Resident during his residency at Sinai Hospital in Detroit. He is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and is a Diplomat of the American Academy of Pain Management and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He maintains several active memberships, including the American Association of Orthopedic Medicine, American Academy of Pain Management, American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, the International Spinal Injection Society and Virginia Medical Society.
Dr. Friedlis has been trained and is licensed to perform the Regenexx Family of Stem Cell and Platelet Procedures.
Always interested in a challenge, Dr. Friedlis has trekked the Indian Himalayan Mountains, to the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, to the basecamp of Mt. Everest, and the Andean mountains of Peru.