Chris Freise, MD

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., Seventh Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1888
Fax: (415) 353-8917

Hours: Pre-Liver Transplant Clinic Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 7 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Hours: Post-Liver Transplant Clinic Tuesday 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., Thursday 1-4 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.

Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) Center of Excellence
400 Parnassus Ave., B1 Plaza Level
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 514-2381

Hours: Monday to Friday,
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery

Academic Title

Professor

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. 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 Jul 14.
  2. 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 Sep 15; 358(2):242-252.
  3. 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.
  4. Freise CE. Vascular complication rates in living donor liver transplantation: How low can we go? Liver Transpl. 2017 Apr; 23(4):423-424.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 Apr; 17(4):1081-1096.
  8. 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.
  9. Dew MA, DiMartini AF, Ladner DP, Simpson MA, Pomfret EA, Gillespie BW, Merion RM, Zee J, Smith AR, Holtzman S, Sherker AH, Weinrieb R, Fisher RA, Emond JC, Freise CE, Burton JR, Butt Z. Psychosocial Outcomes 3 to 10 Years After Donation in the Adult to Adult Living Donor Liver Transplantation Cohort Study. Transplantation. 2016 Jun; 100(6):1257-69.
  10. Braun HJ, Dodge JL, Roll GR, Freise CE, Ascher NL, Roberts JP. Impact of Graft Selection on Donor and Recipient Outcomes After Living Donor Liver Transplantation. Transplantation. 2016 Jun; 100(6):1244-50.
  11. Samstein B, Smith AR, Freise CE, Zimmerman MA, Baker T, Olthoff KM, Fisher RA, Merion RM. Complications and Their Resolution in Recipients of Deceased and Living Donor Liver Transplants: Findings From the A2ALL Cohort Study. Am J Transplant. 2016 Feb; 16(2):594-602.
  12. Olthoff KM, Smith AR, Abecassis M, Baker T, Emond JC, Berg CL, Beil CA, Burton JR, Fisher RA, Freise CE, Gillespie BW, Grant DR, Humar A, Kam I, Merion RM, Pomfret EA, Samstein B, Shaked A. Defining long-term outcomes with living donor liver transplantation in North America. Ann Surg. 2015 Sep; 262(3):465-75; discussion 473-5.
  13. Tran G, Ramaswamy K, Chi T, Meng M, Freise C, Stoller ML. Laparoscopic Nephrectomy with Autotransplantation: Safety, Efficacy and Long-Term Durability. J Urol. 2015 Sep; 194(3):738-743.
  14. Olthoff KM, Emond JC, Shearon TH, Everson G, Baker TB, Fisher RA, Freise CE, Gillespie BW, Everhart JE. Liver regeneration after living donor transplantation: adult-to-adult living donor liver transplantation cohort study. Liver Transpl. 2015 Jan; 21(1):79-88.
  15. Ladner DP, Dew MA, Forney S, Gillespie BW, Brown RS, Merion RM, Freise CE, Hayashi PH, Hong JC, Ashworth A, Berg CL, Burton JR, Shaked A, Butt Z. Long-term quality of life after liver donation in the adult to adult living donor liver transplantation cohort study (A2ALL). J Hepatol. 2015 Feb; 62(2):346-53.
  16. 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.
  17. Luu HY, Ulloa JG, Roll GR, Freise CE. Emesis following laparoscopic left donor nephrectomy. Am J Transplant. 2014 Jul; 14(7):1701; quiz 1700, 1702.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.

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