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Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Orthopaedics, 2008
    Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2007
    Albert Einstein Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006
    Tulane Medical Center
  • Internship Program, General Surgery, 2002
    Baylor College of Medicine
  • MD, 2001
    Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
  • BS, 1997
    University of Southern California

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedics

Awards & Recognition

  • Top Doctors No Va Magazine (2022, 2021, 2020)

National Provider ID: 1497922587


L. Kaleb Friend, M.D., specializes in pediatric orthopaedic surgery with an emphasis on sports-related injuries. After graduating magna cum laude from University of Southern California, he attended the USC Keck School of Medicine. He then completed a surgical internship at Baylor and a research internship in pediatric orthopaedics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. He spent the majority of his residency at Tulane and transferred to Albert Einstein School of Medicine for his chief resident year. He also completed a fellowship in pediatric orthopaedics at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Dr. Friend is an avid rock-climber and hiker, and he enjoys skiing, cycling and photography. His goal as an orthopaedic surgeon is to get his patients better faster and get them back out on the soccer field, basketball court, ski slope or dance floor.

4.7 / 5 4.7 out of 5 stars (based on 75 Patient/Family Ratings)

About Our Patient Satisfaction Scores

The main Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to care provider-related questions on our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

The ratings below are the average of specific questions about interactions with the care provider.

Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

  • 4.8 / 5

    Care Provider explanations of prob/condition

  • 4.7 / 5

    Likelihood of recommending Care Provider