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Theodore Goodfriend

Theodore Goodfriend

Expert on causes, diagnosis and treatment of high blood pressure, especially related to obesity; health care of the homeless

Professor emeritus, medicine and pharmacology School of Medicine and Public Health Work: 608-280-7007 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • High blood pressure is a common and dangerous condition whose cause is not completely understood in 95 percent of cases. Treatment is available and useful
  • Obesity is a common and dangerous condition that hurts and kills people partly by raising blood pressure. Weight loss almost always lowers blood pressure
  • Homelessness is a danger to health, and ill health leads to homelessness. This vicious cycle is prevalent in America


  • Member, American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research
  • Discovered the receptor for angiotensin, which raises blood pressure, and is blocked by a new class of drugs
  • Five teaching awards from the School of Medicine and Public Health; founding faculty of clinics for homeless in Madison