University of California San Francisco | About UCSF | UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco
Search Site | Find a Doctor

Chris Freise, M.D.

Transplant surgeon

Dr. Christopher E. Freise is a member of the UCSF Transplant Service with particular interest in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplants, surgery for liver tumors and kidney cysts, laparoscopic surgery for the liver and gall bladder, and surgery for dialysis access. In his research, he addresses immunosuppressive drugs used after transplantation and methods to prevent ischema-reperfusion injury or tissue damage after blood supply is restored. His research is recognized and funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Freise earned a medical degree at the University of Minnesota, where he completed a residency in surgery. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in transplant surgery at UCSF Medical Center. He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Clinics

Connie Frank Transplant Center at UCSF
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1551
Pre-Kidney Fax: (415) 353-8708
Post-Kidney Fax: (415) 353-8381

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Liver Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1888
Fax: (415) 353-8917

Hours: Pre-Liver Transplant Clinic Monday, Tuesday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hours: Post-Liver Transplant Clinic Tuesday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Pancreas Transplant Services
400 Parnassus Ave., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1551
Pre-Transplant Fax: (415) 353-8708
Post-Transplant Fax: (415) 353-4183

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

More about Chris Freise

Additional Languages

German

Education

University of Minnesota School of Medicine 1986

Residencies

University of Minnesota Medical Center, General Surgery 1994

Fellowships

UCSF Medical Center, Surgery 1996

Selected Research and Publications

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Vagefi PA, Ascher NL, Freise CE, Dodge JL, Roberts JP. Use of living donor liver transplantation varies with the availability of deceased donor liver transplantation. Liver Transpl. 2012 Feb; 18(2):160-5.
  7. Vagefi PA, Parekh J, Ascher NL, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Outcomes with split liver transplantation in 106 recipients: the University of California, San Francisco, experience from 1993 to 2010. Arch Surg. 2011 Sep; 146(9):1052-9.
  8. Vagefi PA, Eilers H, Hiniker A, Freise CE. Liver transplantation for giant hepatic angiomyolipoma. Liver Transpl. 2011 Aug; 17(8):985-6.
  9. Ahearn AJ, Posselt AM, Kang SM, Roberts JP, Freise CE. Experience with laparoscopic donor nephrectomy among more than 1000 cases: low complication rates, despite more challenging cases. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul; 146(7):859-64.
  10. Chang EI, Galvez MG, Padilla BE, Freise CE, Foster RD, Hoffman WY. Ten-year retrospective analysis of incisional herniorrhaphy following renal transplantation. Arch Surg. 2011 Jan; 146(1):21-5.
  11. Vagefi PA, Freise CE. Fibrin plug. Kidney Int. 2010 Nov; 78(9):942.
  12. Alemi F, Kwon E, Freise C, Kang SM, Hirose R, Stewart L, Corvera CU. Hepatic surgery at a VA tertiary medical center: lessons learned. Am J Surg. 2010 Nov; 200(5):591-5.
  13. Melcher ML, Freise CE, Ascher NL, Roberts JP. Outcomes of surgical repair of bile leaks and strictures after adult-to-adult living donor liver transplant. Clin Transplant. 2010 Nov-Dec; 24(6):E230-5.
  14. Melcher ML, Pomposelli JJ, Verbesey JE, McTaggart RA, Freise CE, Ascher NL, Roberts JP, Pomfret EA. Comparison of biliary complications in adult living-donor liver transplants performed at two busy transplant centers. Clin Transplant. 2010 Sep-Oct; 24(5):E137-44.
  15. Odisho AY, Freise CE, Tomlanovich SJ, Vagefi PA. Inguinal herniation of a transplant ureter. Kidney Int. 2010 Jul; 78(1):115.
  16. Vagefi PA, Klein I, Gelb B, Hameed B, Moff SL, Simko JP, Fix OK, Eilers H, Feiner JR, Ascher NL, Freise CE, Bass NM. Emergent orthotopic liver transplantation for hemorrhage from a giant cavernous hepatic hemangioma: case report and review. J Gastrointest Surg. 2011 Jan; 15(1):209-14.
  17. Botha JF, Langnas AN, Campos BD, Grant WJ, Freise CE, Ascher NL, Mercer DF, Roberts JP. Left lobe adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation: small grafts and hemiportocaval shunts in the prevention of small-for-size syndrome. Liver Transpl. 2010 May; 16(5):649-57.
  18. Mohebali K, Young DM, Hansen SL, Shawo A, Freise CE, Chang DS, Maa J, Harris HW. Open incisional hernia repair at an academic tertiary care medical center. Arch Surg. 2009 Sep; 144(9):848-52.
  19. Breyer BN, Whitson JM, Freise CE, Meng MV. Prostate cancer screening and treatment in the transplant population: current status and recommendations. J Urol. 2009 May; 181(5):2018-25; discussion 2025-6.
  20. Blasi-Ibanez A, Hirose R, Feiner J, Freise C, Stock PG, Roberts JP, Niemann CU. Predictors associated with terminal renal function in deceased organ donors in the intensive care unit. Anesthesiology. 2009 Feb; 110(2):333-41.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.