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Norman R. Friedman, MD, DABSM


Director of the Children’s Sleep Medicine Laboratory


Children's Hospital Colorado
Department of Pediatric Otolaryngology
13123 E 16th Avenue, B455
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-777-8520
Fax: 720-777-7345

Appointments: 720-777-8501

Hospital Affiliations:

Children's Hospital Colorado
Parker Hospital
University of Colorado Hospital

Clinical Interests:

Sleep medicine and general otolaryngology

Subspecialty Training: Pediatric otolaryngology and sleep medicine


Medical School

(1986-1990) MD, University of Texas-Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas


(1990-1992) Resident, Department of General Surgery. University of Texas - Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas.

(1992-1996) Resident, Department of Otolaryngology University of Texas - Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas


(1996-1997) Fellowship in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, Memphis, Tennessee

(1998) Fellow in Pediatric Otolaryngology, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children, London, England

Best Doctors in America 2007-2008
American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Honor Award 2008

Mitchell RB, Pereira KD, Friedman NR & Lazar RH. Adenotonsillectomy in children under 3 years of age as a day case procedure - The issue of safety. Archives of Otolaryngology. 1997; 123: 681-683. Pub Med ID: 9236584

Friedman NR, Mitchell RB, Pereira KD, Younis RT & Lazar RH. Peritonsillar Abscess in Early Childhood-Presentation and Management. Archives of Otolaryngology & Head-Neck Surgery.1997; 123:630-632 Pub Med ID: 9193226

Friedman NR, Wright CG, Pawlowski KS & Meyerhoff WL. Effect of Basic Fibroblast Growth Factor on Perforated Chinchilla Tympanic Membranes. ENT Journal.1997; 76:559-64. Pub Med ID: 9282463

Friedman NR, Mitchell RB, Bailey CM, Albert DM, Leighton SEJ. Management and Outcome of Choanal Atresia Correction. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 2000 Jan 30; 52(1): 45-51. Pub Med ID: 10699239

Friedman NR, Pachigolla R, Deskin RW, Hawkins HK. Optimal Technique to Diagnose Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia. Laryngoscope. 2000 Sep; 110(9): 1548 - 51 Pub Med ID: 10983959

Thirlwall AS. Friedman NR. Leighton SE. Saunders M. Jacob A. Kangesu L. Caustic soda ingestion -- a case presentation and review of the literature. International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology. 59(2): 129-35, 2001 Jun 7.

Stroud RH. Friedman NR. An update on inflammatory disorders of the pediatric airway: epiglottis, croup, and tracheitis. American Journal of Otolaryngology. 22(4): 268-75, 2001 Jul-Aug. Pub Med ID: 11464324

Rosen EJ. Newlands SD. Patel J. Kalia A. Friedman NR. Reactivated laryngeal coccidioidomycosis. Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery. 125(1): 120-1, 2001 Jul. Pub Med ID: 11458233

Briggs RD, Pou AM, Friedman NR. An Unusual Catch in the Nasopharynx. American Journal of Otolaryngology. 22(5): 354-7, 2001 Sep-Oct. Pub Med ID: 11562888

Pub Med Link:

McCormick DP, Saeed KA, Pittman C, Baldwin CD, Friedman NR, Teichgraeber DC, Chonmaitree T. Bullous myringitis: a case-control study. Pediatrics. 112(4): 982-6, 2003 Oct. Pub Med ID: 14523199

Varnell H, Friedman NR, Shea C, Douglas Jones M. An unusual cause of neonatal respiratory distress J Perinatol. 23(8):688-90 2003 Dec. Pub Med ID: 14647170

Chan KH, Friedman NR, Allen GC, Yaremchuk K, Wirtschafter A, Bikhazi N, Bernstein JM, Kelley PE, Lee KC. Randomized, controlled, multisite study of intracapsular tonsillectomy using low-temperature plasma excision. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2004 Nov; 130(11):1303-7. Pub Med ID: 15545586

McCormick DP, Chonmaitree T, Pittman C, Saeed K, Friedman NR, Uchida T, Baldwin CD. Nonsevere acute otitis media: a clinical trial comparing outcomes of watchful waiting versus immediate antibiotic treatment. Pediatrics. 2005 Jun; 115(6):1455-65. Pub Med ID: 15930204

Pramuk LA, Sirotnak A, Friedman NR. Esophageal perforation preceding fatal closed head injury in a child abuse case. Int J Pediatri Otorhinolaryngol. 2005 Nov; 69 (11); 1601. Pub Med ID: 15126027

Friedman, NR, McCormick DP, Pittman C, Chonmaitree T, Teichgraeber DC, Uchida T, Baldwin CD, Saeed KA. Development of a practical tool for assessing in severity of acute otitis media. Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2006 Feb;25(2) :101-7. Pub Med ID: 16462284

Mitchell RB, Pereira KD, Friedman NR. Sleep disordered breathing in children: survey of current practice. Laryngoscope. 2006 Jun; 116 (6):956-8 Pub Med ID: 16735907

Friedman NR. Polysomnography should not be required both before and after adenotonsillectomy for childhood sleep disordered breathing. J Clin Sleep Med. 2007 Dec 15;3(7):678-80. Pub Med ID: 18198799

Lawrence J. Epstein, MD; David Kristo, MD; Patrick J. Strollo, Jr., MD; Norman Friedman, MD; Atul Malhotra,MD; Susheel P. Patil, MD, PhD; Kannan Ramar,MD; Robert Rogers, DMD; Richard J. Schwab,MD; Edward M. Weaver, MD, MPH; Michael D. Weinstein, MD; Clinical Guideline for the Evaluation, Management and Long-term Care of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults Adult Obstructive Sleep Apnea Task Force of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine J Clin Sleep Med. 2009 Jun 15;5(3):263-76.

Friedman NR. Telescopic guided intubation Norman Friedman, MD Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology 16:180-182

Friedman N.R. A modified technique to treat oropharyngeal obstruction:The uvulopalatal flap Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology 16:235-237

Friedman NR. Inferior Turbinate Reduction: An application for the microdebrider Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology 16:232-234

Norman R. Friedman, MD; Harlan Muntz, MD. Adenoids and Tonsils, 2nd Edition (CD- ROM) Slide set.

Friedman NR. Choanal Atresia Repair Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology Accepted 2009 

Friedman NR, Luck M, Scapa VI. Excision of congenital nasolacrimal duct cyst with powered instrumentation. Laryngoscope. 2010 Aug 30.

Roland PS, Rosenfeld RM, Brooks LJ, Friedman NR, Jones J, Kim TW, Kuhar S, Mitchell RB, Seidman MD, Sheldon SH, Jones S, Robertson P. Clinical practice guideline: polysomnography for sleep-disordered breathing prior to tonsillectomy in children. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Jul;145(1 Suppl):S1-S15. Epub 2011 Jun 15.

Research Focus

Clinical Evaluation of SDB
Neurocognitive morbidity of SDB

Clinical Research

IRB approved
Cerebral Impact of Childhood OSA- Evaluate children from 8 to 14 years with SDB prior to and after treatment with neurocognitive testing and neuroimaging.

Does tongue position vary according to age? An assessment if tongue position is correlated with the prevalence of snoring.


American Academy of Sleep Medicine
American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology
Member of ASPO Program committee
Member of Polysomnogram Guidelines for AAO-HNS
External Reviewer of AAO-HNS tonsil guideline