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Loren Friedman, MD, FAAHPM

VCS Physicians

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Whether patients are working to manage pain, anxiety, nausea, or any of the other symptoms related to cancer or its treatment, our palliative medicine program provides an extra layer of support and expertise.

Work and Credentials:

Primary Location

Arlington Office


Palliative Medicine

Board Certification

Hospice and Palliative Medicine


Saint Francis Hospital at University of Connecticut

Medical School

Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Brown University

Dr. Friedman’s increased interest in Palliative Medicine began early in his career when, while working as a family physician, he began to address the unique needs of patients coping with cancer diagnoses. Subsequently, he further developed his skills in pain and symptom management. In 2004, he founded the first hospital-based palliative medicine program in Northern Virginia at the Virginia Hospital Center. He served as the medical director of that award-winning program for the next decade until leaving to join Virginia Cancer Specialists.

Locally, Dr. Friedman’s leadership roles have included mentoring many young palliative medicine physicians, chairing the Virginia Hospital Center Ethics Committee, and speaking frequently on pain management. Nationally, he has had the honor of serving as one of only ten physicians from across the country on the initial test writing Committee for the American Board of Internal Medicine, developing the board examination for palliative medicine. Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Friedman has received multiple awards and honors, including the Haynes Rice Community Service Award and the CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Outstanding Palliative Care Program Award at Virginia Hospital Center. He has served as a volunteer physician in programs such as the Arlington Free Clinic and the D.C. Partnership to Improve End of Life Care. His current focus is on improving quality of life for patients and families faced with serious illness.

In his free time, Dr. Friedman spends time at the beach with his wife. He enjoys learning about music production from his teenage son and social entrepreneurship from his 20-something daughter.



Practice Blog

October 16, 2019

Increase Your Energy and Manage Cancer Related Fatigue - Loren Friedman, MD, FAAHPM

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October 16, 2018

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Patient Weekend Photo Albums and a Special Thanks

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July 26, 2018

Marijuana as Medicine, Loren L. Friedman, MD

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Physician Publications

December 1, 2010

Estimate of current hospice and palliative medicine physician workforce shortage.

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Arlington Office Office

Arlington Office

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September 1, 2015
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