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In the fast-passed world of medicine today many patients, especially children, are confused and often scared of their diagnosis, or lack of one. Fried understands the importance of relating personally with a child to help them overcome their illness. Hundreds of patients have provided personal testimony that Fried’s genuine presence and understanding played a large part in the success of their treatment. Fried credits much of his ability to truly connect with children to his long time mentor, Marcella Vitulli. Vitulli was the principal of an elementary school in Yonkers, New York where Fried volunteered long before he went into medical school. “From the moment I met her, I admired her ability to talk to children,” Fried recalls. “In my third year of medical school, I decided to become a pediatrician because of her role model. I felt helping children who have the rest of their life to benefit from my positive intervention was the best gift I could give to medicine.” Throughout his career, Fried has also published research papers on nutrition in Cystic Fibrosis, feeding handicapped children and the energy requirements of handicapped children. He continues to go above and beyond for the sake of pediatric health as an avid voice in the fight against childhood obesity. He frequently gives presentations at the local YMCA and other community events on the importance of healthy eating habits. “My devotion and dedication to my patients comes from an honest and sincere caring for them and their improved health,” Fried says. “I would do whatever it takes to see that they have healthier days.” Fried’s art is just another facet of his tremendous contribution to society. “My art is abstract and meant to be interpreted by the person looking at it in a favorable light. It is meant to enhance their life,” he says. “I believe there is a piece of artwork out there for everyone, it is up to the individual person.” Recently Fried has started to experiment with mixed media combining oil pastels, chalk pastels, and acrylic paintings in his creations. Many of Fried’s paintings can be found on display at his private practice in Ocean, New Jersey. In addition, Fried has displayed his art at the annual Jersey Shore Medical Center Photo and Art Exhibit for numerous years and several galleries in Asbury Park, N.J. have featured him as a new and emerging artist. To find out more about Dr. Martin Fried and his art please visit: www.martindfried.com 

Martin Fried has been using oil and chalk pastel, acrylic and water color to express his creative, genteel perspective for over 7 years.

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Med Monthly July 2012