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Arno H. Fried, MD, FACS, FAANS

Dr. Arno H. Fried has more than two decades of experience in treating both pediatric and adult neurosurgery disorders.

Dr. Fried is one of a handful of neurosurgeons in the country to be board certified in both general neurosurgery and pediatric neurosurgery. He is a nationally recognized leader and innovator in pediatric and adult neurosurgery, pediatric and adult brain tumor surgery, and epilepsy surgery.

Dr. Fried’s clinical and administrative appointments include the (a) Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery and Director of the Level 4 Epilepsy Center; (b) Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Barnabas Health System; (c) Chief of Neurosurgery at St. Peters University Hospital; (d) Chief of Neurosurgery at Jersey City Medical Center; and (e) Attending Neurosurgeon at Monmouth Medical Center. Most recently, Dr. Fried’s pediatric neuroscience program at HUMC was ranked 25th out of 50 on the US News & World Report list for Pediatric Neuroscience, which is significant because Dr. Fried’s program was ranked higher than many facilities across the country renowned for their pediatric neuroscience programs.

Dr. Fried specializes in complex brain surgery in children and adults, as well. He specializes in surgery for brain tumors, epilepsy, head trauma, and hydrocephalus, with over 500 epilepsy surgery operations successfully performed. Dr. Fried and his team are skilled in treating diseases and disorders affecting the nervous system, including the spine, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves, with a substantial focus on spasticity in adults and children resulting from cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, trauma and stroke. Dr. Fried has extensive experience in craniofacial surgery and intracranial physiology in pediatric head trauma. He and his group were one of the first groups in the region to utilize minimally invasive approaches in neurosurgery including the treatment of hydrocephalus, brain cysts, brain tumors and craniosynostosis using an intracranial endoscope. They treat many children with spina bifida and tethered cord syndrome.

“When families place a child in our care, they can rest assured that we understand the trust that they have in us,” Dr. Fried says. As a husband and father of two sons, Dr. Fried remembers the overwhelming anxiety and fear that he faced when one of his sons, who is now a college athlete, was treated for cancer. Dr. Fried has pledged to himself to ensure that the practice’s patients are treated with gentleness, care, courtesy, and respect. Importantly, Dr. Fried’s governing principle is that “we do everything humanly possible for our patients, and treat children as if they were our own.” This principle combined with extensive experience is the hallmark of Dr. Fried’s practice.

Dr. Fried and the practice will also coordinate and facilitate the involvement and integration of necessary physicians, professionals and treatment plans. He is also personally reachable 24/7.

Main areas of interest:

  • Pediatric neurosurgery
  • New technology for neurosurgery
  • New brain tumor treatments
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • Intracranial physiology in pediatric head trauma

Research:

  • Completed a two-year research fellowship in the pathophysiology of hydrocephalus
  • Completed a fellowship in neuro-oncology from the American Cancer Society
  • Authored numerous publications and national presentations on various aspects of hydrocephalus and other neurosurgical topics

Education:

  • Medical School: Sophie Davis Center for Biomedical Education, City College of NY: Biomedical Science (B.S. / M.D.)
  • Medical School: Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN (M.D.)
  • Internship: Surgical Intern,
    Montefiore Medical Center / Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Residency: Junior/Assistant/Senior Resident in Neurological Surgery,
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Hospital & Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Residency: Chief Resident in Neurological Surgery,
    Bronx Municipal Hospital and Montefiore Hospital, Bronx, NY
  • Residency: Chief Resident in Pediatric and Adult Neurological Surgery,
    University of Utah Primary Children’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Fellowship: Research Fellow in CSF Physiology,
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • Fellowship: Pediatric Neurosurgery and Neuro-oncology,
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications:

  • American Board of Neurological Surgery
  • American Board of Pediatric Neurosurgery

Academic Appointments:

  • Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery (1988-1989)
    University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics  (1992-present)
    Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI
  • Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Pediatrics (1994-2007)
    New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • Professor of Neurosurgery (2007)
    Touro University College of Medicine, Hackensack, NJ

Hospital Appointments:

  • Attending Neurosurgeon (1988-1989)
    The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA
  • Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon (1987-1989)
    Alfred I. Du Pont Hospital for Children, Willmington, DE
  • Staff Neurosurgeon, Head-Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery (1989-1992)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Associate Medical Staff (1989-1992)
    Health Hill Hospital for Children, Cleveland, OH
  • Consultant Staff (1991-1992)
    Fairview General Hospital, a Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Cleveland, OH
  • Chief Pediatric Neurosurgeon (1992-1994)
    Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Attending Staff (1992-1994)
    Memorial Hospital, Pawtucket, RI
  • Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery (1992-1994)
    Rhode Island Hospital / Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI
  • Attending Neurosurgeon (1994-present)
    St. Agnes / White Plains Hospital, White Plains, NY
  • Chief, Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery  (1994-1999)
    Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
  • Director, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery (1997)
    Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Director, Pediatric Neuroscience Institute (1998)
    Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center (1999)
    Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Vice Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery (2000)
    Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Chairman, Department of Neurosurgery (2002-2012)
    Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Chief,  Neurosurgery (2005-present)
    St. Peters University Hospital, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Director, Pediatric Neurosurgery (2007-present)
    St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ
  • Chief,  Neurosurgery (2010-present)
    Jersey City Medical Center, Jersey City, NJ
  • Chairman and Director, Neuroscience Institute (2012-2014)
    Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ
  • Attending Neurosurgeon (2012-present)
    Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch, NJ

Other Appointments:

  • Co-Director, Trauma Surgery (1987-1989)
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA
  • Director, Neurological Surgery Residency Program (1990-1992)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Member of the Medical Advisory Board (1989-1991)
    Achievement Center for Children, Cleveland, OH
  • Journal Reviewer, Neurosurgery (1989-present)
  • Journal Reviewer, Cancer (1992-Present)
  • Member of the Medical Board (1989-present)
    Health Hill Hospital for Children, Cleveland, OH
  • Director, Neurosurgical Residency Training Program (1995-1998)
    New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • Member of the Board of Advisors (1995)
    Hydrocephalus Research Foundation of North America
  • Journal Reviewer, Pediatric Neurosurgery (1996-present)

Awards & Honors:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (1979)
  • E. Perry Crump Award in Pediatrics (1980)
    Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
  • Seibels R. Green, Jr. Memorial Award in Internal Medicine (1980)
    Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN
  • New York Neurosurgical Society Resident’s Research Night Winner (1984)
    Elsberg Dinner Award: ”Changing pressure-volume relationships in childhood hydrocephalus.”
  • Kenneth Shulman Award, Pediatric Section (1984)
    American Association of Neurological Surgeons, Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Bruce Hubbard Stewart Fellow Award for Humanistic Medicine and Teaching (1991)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Elected to the “Best Doctors” in the New York Metro Area, Neurosurgery (1996)
  • Physician of the Year honoree, Bikur Cholim of New York Partners in Health (1998)
  • Physician of the year honoree, Hatzolah of Kiras Joel, Monroe, NY (1999)
  • Elected to “America’s Top Surgeons” (2006)
    Consumers Research Council of America, Washington, DC
  • Elected to “Best Doctors in America” (2004-present)
  • Castle Connolly “Top Doctors in the NY Metro Area” for Neurosurgery (2007-present)
    11-17th Editions
  • NY Magazine “Best Doctors” issue for Neurosurgery (June 2008)
  • New Jersey Monthly ”Top Doctors” issue for Neurosurgery (2010)
    One of two Neurosurgeons in NJ to be selected.
  • Newsday ”Top Doctors On Long Island” (2008)
  • Inside Jersey “Top Doctors” (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)
  • Inside Jersey ”Top Doctors for Children” (2012 & 2013)
  • Inside Jersey ”Top Doctors for Cancer Care” (2012 & 2014)
  • New Jersey Family ”The List of NJ’s Favorite Kids’ Docs” (2012 & 2013)
  • Inside New Jersey “Top Doctors” issue for Neurosurgery (2011)
  • US News and World Report ”Best Children’s Hospitals”  (2012 & 2014)
    for Pediatric Neurology & Pediatric Neurosurgery at Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, Hackensack, NJ
  • New York Magazine “Best Doctors” issue (2008, 2012 & 2013)
    The only NJ neurosurgeon listed in 2013.
  • Dr. Fried’s Neuroscience Institute at Hackensack University Medical Center was listed as one of the best in the country in the 2008 and 2011-2013 US News and World Report “Best Hospitals” issues with best ranking of #25 in the nation.
  • Frequent contributor to national media as expert in Neurosurgery (2008-present)
    The O’Reilly Factor, The Early Show, Fox and Friends

Professional Societies / Memberships:

  • American Medical Association
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS)
  • American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Child Development
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow, October 1992 (FACS)
  • International Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN)
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
  • Northern Ohio Pediatric Society
  • New England Neurosurgical Society
  • Rhode Island Neurosurgical Society
  • Northeastern Ohio Neurosurgical Society
  • Pediatric Section, American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • New York State Neurosurgical Society
  • New York Society of Neurosurgeons
  • North American Skull Base Society
  • American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery Guest
  • The Senior Society of Neurosurgeons Advisory Board
  • Hydrocephalus Research Society
  • Northern New Jersey Pediatric Society
  • Child Neurology Society of New Jersey
  • American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ASPN)
  • New Jersey Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

Hospital Commitees:

  • Surgical Subcommittee on Education (1991-1992)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Search Committee for Chairman of Ophthalmology (1991-1992)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Children’s Hospital Marketing Task Force (1991-1992)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Pediatric Surgical Committee, Chairman (1989-1992)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Committee (1989-1991)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • Pediatric Neurology Search Committee (1992)
    Brown University, Providence, RI
  • Pediatric Neurology Search Committee (1994)
    New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • Quality Improvement Committee (1996)
    Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
  • Organ Donation & Brain Death Criteria Committee (1996)
    Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
  • Pediatric Critical Care Committee (1997)
    Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla, NY
  • Medical Education Committee (1998)
    Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ

Previous Positions Held:

  • Attending Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at The Cleveland Clinic
    Cleveland, OH
  • Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Hasbro Children’s Hospital
    Providence, RI

Grants & Funding:

  • Children’s Neurosurgery Fund (1989-1992)
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
  • American Cancer Society, Clinical Fellow in Oncology (1987-1988)
    Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Philadelphia, PA
  • Children’s Brain Cancer Fund: $20,000 (1994-present)
    New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
  • National Epifellows Grant: $10,000 (1995-present)
    Penetration of gabapentin in human epileptic brain.
  • Usefulness of 99mTc Ethyl Cysteinate (ECD) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in neocortical epilepsy (1996-present)
    Du Pont Pharmaceuticals $20,000
  • Use of magnetic resonance imaging and tissue viability imaging agent in the localization of electrically induced partial seizures in animals with neurology, radiology and biomedical engineering. (1996)
    The Charles A. Dana Foundation $90,000