Dr. Friedman received her bachelors degree from City College and her Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from New York University. At the time of election to the College she was a Professor of Computer Science at Queens College and is also on the faculty of the Center for Medical Informatics at Columbia.
Dr. Friedman is an internationally recognized authority on medical language processing. Her MedLEE system for analyzing text reports was put into operational use at New York Presbyterian Hospital, where it was one of the first such systems to have had a demonstrated impact on improving patient care, by interpreting radiology reports for evidence of the need for respiratory isolation. She is an active researcher in the area of controlled vocabulary development and structured knowledge representation, and a longstanding contributor to AMIA meetings. She is a member of the Association for Computational Linguistics, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Her election to the College recognizes these scholarly and professional service contributions.