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Chris E. Freise, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Division of Transplant Surgery

Contact Information

(415) 353-1888 Clinical, Liver
(415) 353-1551 Clinical, Kidney and Pancreas
(415) 353-4043 Academic
Chris.Freise@ucsfmedctr.org

Education

  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Chemistry, 1978-82
  • University of Minnesota, M.D., 1982-86

Residencies

  • University of Minnesota, Intern, Surgery, 1986-87
  • University of Minnesota, Resident, Surgery, 1987-89
  • University of Minnesota, Resident, Surgery, 1992-93
  • University of Minnesota, Chief Resident, Surgery, 1993-94

Fellowships

  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Surgery, 1989-92
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Transplant Surgery, 1994-96

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, 1995

Clinical Expertise

  • Bile Duct Injuries
  • Bile Duct Strictures
  • Cholangiocarcinoma (Bile Duct Cancer)
  • Choledochal Cyst Disease
  • Dialysis Access
  • Expanded Criteria Donor Kidney Transplantation
  • Fulminant Hepatic Failure
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma (Liver Cancer)
  • Intestinal Transplantation and Rehabilitation
  • Kidney and LIver Transplantation in HIV Patients
  • Kidney Auto-transplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Kidney and Liver Surgery
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Living Donor Kidney Transplantation
  • Living Donor Liver Transplantation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Pediatric Kidney Transplantation
  • Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Polycystic Liver Disease
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Surgical Shunts

Research Interests

  • Ascites Management
  • Choledochal Cyst Disease
  • Complex Cancer Resections
  • Dialysis Access
  • Expanded Criteria Donor Kidney Transplantation
  • Fulminant Hepatic Failure
  • Hepatic Resection and Ablations
  • Hepatocellular Carcinoma
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Immunosupression for Liver Transplantation
  • Infections Post Transplant
  • Intestinal Transplantation and Rehabilitation
  • Kidney and LIver Transplantation in HIV Patients
  • Kidney Autotransplantation
  • Kidney Transplantation
  • Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy
  • Laparoscopic Kidney and Liver Surgery
  • Live Donor Liver Transplantation
  • Liver Cancer
  • Liver Cancer Therapies
  • Liver Cysts
  • Liver Surgery
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Living Donor Transplantation
  • MELD Allocation
  • Pancreas Transplantation
  • Pediatric Liver Transplantation
  • Pediatric Renal Kidney Transplantation
  • Peritoneal Dialysis
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Polycystic Liver Disease
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Viral Hepatitis

Biography

Chris E. Freise, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota where he also did his internship and residency in General Surgery. He later completed a  transplantation fellowship at UCSF.   

Highly respected by his peers, Dr. Freise was named to the list of U.S. News "Top Doctors," which denotes the top 10% of physicians within a region practicing a given specialty. He is a member of numerous professional organizations including The Transplantation Society, the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association, the Transplant Infectious Disease Society, the American Hepato-Pancreato-Billiary Association and the Society of University Surgeons. In addition, he recently served as the Medical Director for California Transplant Donor Network. He is also the Associate Counselor for UNOS Region 5, and a member of the UNOS Membership and Professional Standards Committee.

Dr. Freise has authored more than eighty (80) in peer-reviewed publications and five (5) book chapters. He is an accomplished researcher and clinical educator. Dr. Freise is also a frequent invited lecturer to national and international and conferences in the field.         

Research Overview

Dr. Friese's basic science research focuses on the delivery of immunosuppressive agents to organ allografts, ischemia reperfusion injury, and methods to improve organ function in deceased donors. His clinical research includes  a multicenter trial investigating donor and recipient outcomes following living donor liver transplantation.

Clinical Trials

 

Publications

Most recent publications from a total of 109
  1. Flemming JA, Vagefi PA, Freise CE, Yao FY, Terrault NA. Restricting liver transplant recipients to younger donors does not increase the wait-list time or the dropout rate: The hepatitis C experience. Liver Transpl. 2014 Oct; 20(10):1202-10. View in PubMed
  2. Luu HY, Ulloa JG, Roll GR, Freise CE. Emesis following laparoscopic left donor nephrectomy. Am J Transplant. 2014 Jul; 14(7):1700-2. View in PubMed
  3. Campsen J, Zimmerman M, Trotter J, Hong J, Freise C, Brown RS, Cameron A, Ghobrial M, Kam I, Busuttil R, Saab S, Holt C, Emond JC, Stiles JB, Lukose T, Chang MS, Klintmalm G. Multicenter review of liver transplant for hepatitis B-related liver disease: disparities in gender and ethnicity. Clin Transplant. 2013 Nov; 27(6):829-37. View in PubMed
  4. Campsen J, Zimmerman M, Trotter J, Hong J, Freise C, Brown R, Cameron A, Ghobrial M, Kam I, Busuttil R, Saab S, Holt C, Emond J, Stiles J, Lukose T, Chang M, Klintmalm G. Liver transplantation for hepatitis B liver disease and concomitant hepatocellular carcinoma in the United States With hepatitis B immunoglobulin and nucleoside/nucleotide analogues. Liver Transpl. 2013 Sep; 19(9):1020-9. View in PubMed
  5. Vagefi PA, Parekh J, Ascher NL, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Ex vivo split-liver transplantation: the true right/left split. HPB (Oxford). 2014 Mar; 16(3):267-74. View in PubMed
  6. Zimmerman MA, Baker T, Goodrich NP, Freise C, Hong JC, Kumer S, Abt P, Cotterell AH, Samstein B, Everhart JE, Merion RM. Development, management, and resolution of biliary complications after living and deceased donor liver transplantation: a report from the adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation cohort study consortium. Liver Transpl. 2013 Mar; 19(3):259-67. View in PubMed
  7. Hobeika M, Pollitt R, Freise C, Shinkai K. Fever and rash one month after orthotopic liver transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2013 Jan; 13(1):236-8; quiz 238. View in PubMed
  8. Kulik LM, Fisher RA, Rodrigo DR, Brown RS, Freise CE, Shaked A, Everhart JE, Everson GT, Hong JC, Hayashi PH, Berg CL, Lok AS. Outcomes of living and deceased donor liver transplant recipients with hepatocellular carcinoma: results of the A2ALL cohort. Am J Transplant. 2012 Nov; 12(11):2997-3007. View in PubMed
  9. Park SJ, Freise CE, Hirose R, Kerlan RK, Yao FY, Roberts JP, Vagefi PA. Risk factors for liver transplant waitlist dropout in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. Clin Transplant. 2012 Jul-Aug; 26(4):E359-64. View in PubMed
  10. Abecassis MM, Fisher RA, Olthoff KM, Freise CE, Rodrigo DR, Samstein B, Kam I, Merion RM. Complications of living donor hepatic lobectomy--a comprehensive report. Am J Transplant. 2012 May; 12(5):1208-17. View in PubMed
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