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Stefan Joerg Friedrichsdorf, MD


(612) 813-7888

Specialties: Pain Management | Palliative Care

Fluent Languages: German

Professional History

Board Certification

  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics

Medical Education

  • MD - University of Lubeck Faculty of Medicine


  • Residency - University of Witten/Herdecke Vest Children's Hospital
  • Fellowship - The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact Information

Primary Location:

Childrens Minnesota Pain and Palliative Care
2525 Chicago AVE S STE 32-T5
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Secondary Location(s):

Childrens Minnesota Integrative Medicine
2525 Chicago AVE S STE 32-T5
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Personal Biography

Stefan Friedrichsdorf is the medical director of the Department of Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative Medicine at Children's Minnesota, Minneapolis / St. Paul, one of the largest and most comprehensive programs of its kind in the country. The interdisciplinary pain program is devoted to prevent and treat acute, procedural, neuropathic, psycho-social-spiritual, visceral, and persistent pain for all pediatric patients in close collaboration with all subspecialties at Children's Minnesota. The palliative care team provides holistic care for pediatric patients with life-limiting diseases and adds an extra layer of support to the care of children with serious illness and their families. Integrative Medicine provides and teaches integrative, non-pharmacological therapies (such as massage, acupuncture/acupressure, biofeedback, aromatherapy, self-hypnosis) to provide care that promotes optimal health and supports the highest level of functioning in all individual child's activities. Dr. Friedrichsdorf received the 2016 "Elizabeth" Narcessian Award for Outstanding Educational Achievements in the Field of Pain" by the American Pain Society and the 2011 "Hastings Center Cunniff-Dixon Physician Award". The department received the "Circle of Life Award" by the American Hospital Association, and the "Clinical Centers of Excellence in Pain Management Award" by the American Pain Society. In 2016 Children's Minnesota received the prestigious ChildKind International pain relief certification. He is associate editor of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, the principal investigator of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Cancer Institute (NCI) multisite study on the creation, implementation and evaluation of a Pediatric Palliative Care Curriculum (EPEC-Pediatrics) and he founded and continues to direct the annual Pediatric Pain Master Class, a week-long intensive interdisciplinary course for health professionals. Dr. Friedrichsdorf has presented more than 600 lectures about pediatric pain medicine and palliative care in 27 countries on all six continents and has a track record of research and and publications in the field, including contributions to more than 20 books on the subject. Dr. Friedrichsdorf received his MD degree from the Medical University of Lubeck, Germany, completed his pediatric residency at the University of Witten/Herdecke, Germany (Children's Hospital in Datteln), and undertook his fellowship in Pediatric Pain & Palliative Care at the University of Sydney, Australia (Children's Hospital at Westmead). He is board certified in Pediatrics, a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and trained in pediatric hypnosis. He sees pediatric patients as inpatients, in the interdisciplinary pain clinic, or in the palliative care clinic. He is the sponsor of the system-wide lean value stream "The Comfort Promise: We do everything possible to prevent and treat pain" at Children's Minnesota to minimize and prevent pain caused by needles for all in- and outpatients, reaching more than 200,000 children annually. In 2015 the department opened an award winning, unique 10,000 square feet "Healing Environment" Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Clinic.