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Chris E. Freise, M.D.

Chris E. Freise, M.D.

Professor & Interim Division Chief
Division of Transplant Surgery

Contact Information

(415) 353-1888 Clinical, Liver
(415) 353-1551 Clinical, Kidney and Pancreas
(415) 353-9321 Academic
Chris.Freise@ucsf.edu
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  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Chemistry, 1978-82
  • University of Minnesota, M.D., 1982-86
  • 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
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Surgery, 1989-92
  • University of California, San Francisco, Fellow, Transplant Surgery, 1994-96
  • American Board of Surgery, 1995
  • 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
  • Delivery of Immunosuppressive Agents to Organ Allografts
  • Improvement Organ Function in Deceased Donors
  • Ischemia Reperfusion Injury

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.         

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.

Most recent publications from a total of 108
  1. Braun HJ, Dodge JL, Grab JD, Syed SM, Roll GR, Freise CE, Roberts JP, Ascher NL. Living Donor Liver Transplant for Alcoholic Liver Disease: Data from the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Study (A2ALL). Transplantation. 2019 May 15. View in PubMed
  2. Butt Z, DiMartini AF, Liu Q, Simpson MA, Smith AR, Zee J, Gillespie BW, Holtzman S, Ladner D, Olthoff K, Fisher RA, Hafliger S, Freise CE, Mandell MS, Sherker AH, Dew MA. Fatigue, Pain, and Other Physical Symptoms of Living Liver Donors in the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study. Liver Transpl. 2018 Sep; 24(9):1221-1232. View in PubMed
  3. Harbell JW, Morgan T, Feldstein VA, Roll GR, Posselt A, Kang SM, Feng S, Hirose R, Freise CE, Stock P. Splenic Vein Thrombosis Following Pancreas Transplantation: Identification of Factors That Support Conservative Management. Am J Transplant. 2017 Nov; 17(11):2955-2962. View in PubMed
  4. Freise C, Bobb V, Querfeld U. Collagen XIV and a related recombinant fragment protect human vascular smooth muscle cells from calcium-/phosphate-induced osteochondrocytic transdifferentiation. Exp Cell Res. 2017 09 15; 358(2):242-252. View in PubMed
  5. Wisel SA, Gardner JM, Roll GR, Harbell J, Freise CE, Feng S, Kang SM, Hirose R, Kaufman DB, Posselt AM, Stock PG. Pancreas-After-Islet Transplantation in Nonuremic Type 1 Diabetes: A Strategy for Restoring Durable Insulin Independence. Am J Transplant. 2017 Sep; 17(9):2444-2450. View in PubMed
  6. Freise CE. Vascular complication rates in living donor liver transplantation: How low can we go? Liver Transpl. 2017 04; 23(4):423-424. View in PubMed
  7. Yamanaga S, Posselt AM, Freise CE, Kobayashi T, Tavakol M, Kang SM. A Single Perioperative Injection of Dexamethasone Decreases Nausea, Vomiting, and Pain after Laparoscopic Donor Nephrectomy. J Transplant. 2017; 2017:3518103. View in PubMed
  8. Kluijfhout WP, Drake FT, Pasternak JD, Beninato T, Mitmaker EJ, Gosnell JE, Shen WT, Suh I, Freise CE, Duh QY. De novo thyroid cancer following solid organ transplantation-A 25-year experience at a high-volume institution with a review of the literature. J Surg Oncol. 2017 Feb; 115(2):105-108. View in PubMed
  9. DiMartini A, Dew MA, Liu Q, Simpson MA, Ladner DP, Smith AR, Zee J, Abbey S, Gillespie BW, Weinrieb R, Mandell MS, Fisher RA, Emond JC, Freise CE, Sherker AH, Butt Z. Social and Financial Outcomes of Living Liver Donation: A Prospective Investigation Within the Adult-to-Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study 2 (A2ALL-2). Am J Transplant. 2017 04; 17(4):1081-1096. View in PubMed
  10. Mandell MS, Smith AR, Dew MA, Gordon DB, Holtzman S, Howell T, DiMartini AF, Butt Z, Simpson MA, Ladner DP, Freise CE, McCluskey SA, Fisher RA, Guarrera JV, Olthoff KM, Pomfret EA. Early Postoperative Pain and its Predictors in the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study. Transplantation. 2016 Nov; 100(11):2362-2371. View in PubMed
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