MedFriendly.com was founded and launched by Dr. Dominic Carone on October 8, 2001.
A graduate student at the time, Carone noticed that there was a need for an online
medical resource that would help the average person more easily understand complex
medical terminology. He was frustrated with medical dictionaries that defined complex
medical terms with other complex medical terms.
Dr. Carone put his thinking cap on and had an idea - the creation of a website in which all
complex medical terms used in a definition are explained within the definition. No longer
would people need to flip through hundreds of pages or click on other webpages to find
out what all of the complicated terms in a definition meant. Although it would be a life's
work, Dr. Carone dutifully began the task at once. He picked up some books on how to
create websites and got to work.
In 2000, Dr. Carone experimented with web page publishing on sites that offered free
web space. In October of 2001, he decided to create his own dotcom web site and
MedFriendly was born. His wife, Pamela Carone (a Registered Nurse) created the name
"MedFriendly," helped create the MedFriendly icon (Dr. Friendly), provides valuable
consultation and editing on some of the entries, and has helped shape the overall look of
Dr. Carone personally creates every entry on MedFriendly, using his knowledge of the
biological and psychological sciences. Over time, the site has continued to grow and
flourish with updated new content. Examples include the popular MedFriendly Blog and
In summer of 2011, Dr. Carone realized that MedFriendly was in
need of a transformation to keep up with new web design
technology. After consulations with web design experts and personal
research, he invested in a web design program in Decembert 2011
to help him personally redesign the site from scratch. The new look
appears much more professional, with faster loading pages, quicker
navigation, and better indexing in the major search engines. In 2013
and 2014, MedFriendly was further redesigned for full social media
integration so that readers can easily share their favorite entries
Dr. Carone is currently employed as a board certified neuropsychologist and clinical associate
professor at an academic medical center in Syracuse, NY. There, he runs an assessment program for
adults and children (beginning at 6) with a wide variety of acquired and developmental brain disorders.
Dr. Carone completed a 2 year post-doctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology from 2003-2005 in
29, 2003. While there, he trained with Drs. Ralph Benedict (a board certified neuropsychologist) and Dr.
Mark Gunther (a neuropsychologist). In addition to seeing patients, he conducted research at the
(neurologist) in studying the effects of regional gray and white matter atrophy on cognition (i.e., thinking)
Center on June 30, 2003. There, he was trained by two board certified neuropsychologists, Dr. James
Scott and Dr. Russell Adams.
Specifically, he was a student in the neuropsychology specialization program at Nova Southeastern
psychologists (Dr. William J. Burns, Dr. Wiley Mittenberg, and Dr. Charles Golden), two of whom are
board certified in clinical neuropsychology.
Dr. Carone defended his dissertation, entitled "A Comparison of Three Cognitive Screening Measures in
a Traumatic Brain Injured Population," on April 11, 2003. His dissertation was chaired by William J.
Burns, Ph.D. The other committee members were Stuart Gold, Psy.D., Ph.D., and Wiley Mittenberg,
Ph.D. He graduated Nova Southeastern University with a 4.0 grade point average. He earned a
In 2008, Dr. Carone became board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology through the American Board of
His main research interests include traumatic brain injury, symptom validity assessment, and mutiple
Distinguished Visiting Professor to lecture and consult with military staff about the first two topics. He
also presents at conferences and other invited speaking engagements internationally.