Dr. David Friend Joins BDO’s Center for Healthcare Excellence and Innovation to Lead Clinical Strategy

April 2014

Melissa Kvitko
Bliss Integrated
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NEW YORK - BDO USA, LLP, one of the nation’s leading professional services organizations, announced the addition of Dr. David Friend to lead Clinical Strategy for BDO’s Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation.

“Consistent with our core purpose of helping people thrive every day, BDO’s Center for Healthcare Excellence & Innovation will combine BDO’s global network of services with diverse multidisciplinary expertise that best serves the transformative needs of our clients,” said Wayne Berson, CEO of BDO USA. “Dr. Friend’s impressive background leading and advising complex healthcare and data-driven organizations makes him a key leader to meet our clients’ needs.”

“As a firm, we are committed to expanding the breadth of services we provide to our healthcare clients,” said Carl W. Pergola, Executive Director of BDO Consulting. “Dr. Friend’s clinical and financial experience strongly enhances our ability to deliver strategic healthcare services to our clients as they navigate the significant changes that the industry faces.”

Dr. Friend joins Patrick Pilch, National Leader of BDO’s Healthcare Advisory Practice, advising clients on achieving growth and sustainability objectives through transformational services that include strategic planning, performance improvement, financial advisory, clinical strategy, regulatory compliance and convergence solutions.

“I am very pleased to be joining the exceptional group of professionals at BDO,” said Dr. Friend. “The firm’s broad range of integrated service offerings – from assurance and tax services, to data analytics and capital raising - enable BDO to help clients succeed in achieving their healthcare delivery and financial objectives.”

Dr. Friend has more than 30 years of healthcare experience, serving as a physician executive, board director and consultant advising clients on performance improvement, operational transformation, clinical integration and M&A advisory, among other strategic imperatives. Prior to joining BDO, Dr. Friend served as the Chief Clinical Officer of Golden Living, a leader in post-acute healthcare, where he was responsible for the care of 60,000 patients encompassing 42,000 associates across 40 states. Dr. Friend also served as President and Chief Medical Officer of Aseracare, a leading provider of hospice and palliative care services.

Formerly, Dr. Friend served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Palladium Group, a global data analytics and consulting firm; Managing Director in Healthcare at Alvarez & Marsal, a turnaround management and performance improvement firm; and Senior Partner at Towers Watson, a global HR consulting firm. Dr. Friend holds a B.A. in Economics from Brandeis University, an M.D. from the University Of Connecticut School of Medicine and an M.B.A. in Healthcare from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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