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[September 12, 2008]

Dr. Moro O. Salifu Named Chief of Nephrology, Succeeding Dr. Eli A. Friedman:

Dr. Friedman Will Serve as Director of Academic Development in Department of Medicine


Moro O. Salifu, MD, MPH, MBA, FACP, has been named chief of the Division of Nephrology in SUNY Downstate Medical Center’s Department of Medicine. Dr. Salifu succeeds Eli A. Friedman, MD, MACP, distinguished teaching professor of medicine, who has served 46 years as division chief. 

A national and internationally recognized expert on diabetic nephropathy, Dr. Friedman will continue to remain an active senior member of the Department of Medicine and will serve as director of academic development in the department, mentoring house staff and junior faculty.

In announcing Dr. Salifu’s appointment, Edmund Bourke, MD, professor and chair of medicine, said, “Dr. Salifu has a consistent track record of excellent research productivity." He praised Dr. Salifu as a "composite internist and clinical nephrologist with outstanding clinical skills.”

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Salifu served as associate chief of the division, director of the Fellowship Program, medical director of transplantation, and director of the Vascular Access Program. “In these positions,” Dr. Bourke said, “Dr. Salifu has more than amply displayed his leadership and managerial skills. He is held in the highest esteem by his peers, both senior and junior alike, and is well poised to take on this new role.” Dr. Salifu, a native of Ghana, received his medical degree from Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, and then trained at SUNY Downstate. 

Of Dr. Friedman’s many years at Downstate, Dr. Bourke said, “Dr. Eli Friedman, inventor of the portable artificial kidney, has the reputation as one of our best and most sought-after teachers. He has a capacity to excite students, house staff and faculty, to strive for excellence, and is an eminent scholar in clinical investigation, earning him the highest institutional honor from SUNY: distinguished teaching professor.

“He belongs to those few among the greats who, after a lifetime of contributions, continue to feel that more work of noble note can be done. Eli Friedman is amongst the ranks of the legacy builders. We look forward to his continued contributions.”

Drs. Salifu and Friedman assume their new roles immediately.



SUNY Downstate Medical Center, founded in 1860, was the first medical school in the United States to bring teaching out of the lecture hall and to the patient’s bedside. A center of innovation and excellence in research and clinical service delivery, SUNY Downstate Medical Center comprises a College of Medicine, Colleges of Nursing and Health Related Professions, a School of Graduate Studies, a Graduate Public Health Program, University Hospital of Brooklyn, and an Advanced Biotechnology Park and Biotechnology Incubator.

SUNY Downstate ranks seventh nationally in the number of alumni who are on the faculty of American medical schools.  More physicians practicing in New York City have graduated from SUNY Downstate than from any other medical school.