Erika Friehling, M.D.

  • Fellowship Program Director, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Pediatrics

After graduating from medical school at the University of Virginia, Dr. Erika Friehling completed both a pediatric residency and pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh. As a faculty member, she is dedicated to improving the care of patients with hematologic malignancies and advancing the field of graduate medical education.

Dr. Friehling's area of clinical expertise is in pediatric leukemia and lymphoma.

Education & Training

  • Certificate in Medical Education, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Fellowship-University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Residency-University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • MD-University of Virginia Medical School, Charlottesville, VA

Representative Publications

Research Interests

  • Description and evaluation of subspecialty continuity clinic for pediatric residents
  • Development and evaluation of a career focused curriculum for pediatric residents
  • Assessment of burnout in pediatric fellows
  • Development and evaluation of a professional development curriculum for pediatric academic faculty

Enhancing the Career Development of Trainees and Faculty Members through Curricular Innovation and Programmatic Improvement. Dr. Erika Friehling was recently named the Associate Vice Chair for Faculty Development in the Department of Pediatrics. The goals of the faculty development team are to recruit, retain, promote and nurture a vibrant and diverse faculty. They designed and implemented a successful faculty development workshop series.  Dr. Friehling will be creating a faculty mentoring program for the department to promote professional advancement, well-being, and productivity throughout the entire career cycle.

As the Associate Fellowship Program Director, Dr. Friehling’s responsibilities include overseeing the educational components of the fellowship program as well as developing ways to adapt the program to changes in training regulations, the heme/onc workforce, and healthcare delivery models.

Improving Subspecialty Education for Residents and Fellows. This is a multifaceted approach to formalize and enhance the medical education of residents interested in pursuing subspecialty careers, as well as that of current pediatric hematology/oncology fellows. Dr. Friehling has designed and implemented a year-long career-development curriculum for pediatric residents. She has developed a new and improved fellow core lecture curriculum and is a leader of the subspecialty pathway for residents. Dr. Friehling has also developed and implemented novel longitudinal experiences for pediatric residents.