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Dr. Christopher E. Freise is an organ transplant surgeon with particular interests in adult and pediatric liver and kidney transplants, surgery for liver tumors and kidney cysts, laparoscopic surgery for the liver and gallbladder, and surgery for dialysis access.

In his research, Freise studies immunosuppressive drugs used after transplantation and methods to prevent the tissue injury that occurs after blood supply is restored to the organ. His research is recognized and funded by the National Institutes of Health and American Society of Transplant Surgeons.

Freise earned his medical degree at the University of Minnesota, where he completed a residency in surgery. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in transplant surgery at UCSF. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

  • Education

    University of Minnesota School of Medicine, 1986

  • Residencies

    University of Minnesota Medical Center, General Surgery, 1994

  • Fellowships

    UCSF Medical Center, Surgery, 1996

  • Board Certifications

    Surgery, American Board of Surgery

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Where I see patients (5)

    My reviews


    Overall Experience
    137 Ratings
    About our process
    Feb 18, 2023
    Took time to explain. Listen. And answer questions.
    Feb 07, 2023
    Very knowledgeable and attentive doctor -- much more than I expected of a surgeon.
    Jan 06, 2023
    Nov 03, 2022
    Was very nice to see the doctor again
    Oct 12, 2022
    Very attentive and thorough
    Oct 08, 2022
    Dr. Freise is accessible & informative; thank you for putting a brilliant helpful surgeon on my case
    Jul 30, 2022
    I wish you had excellent as a preference because Dr. Freise is excellent. Always kind down to earth and listen's!
    Jun 10, 2022
    Very good
    May 23, 2022
    Apr 27, 2022
    Apr 06, 2022
    Apr 03, 2022
    This doctor performed my transplant >16 years ago. I trust him implicitly. I have a complicated medical file and he has treated me through numerous complications and health issues. I always see him for care no other surgeons.
    Feb 03, 2022
    Jan 27, 2022
    Simply thank you and God bless you.
    Dec 29, 2021
    I was grateful to have Dr. Freise as my surgeon to remove a very large liver cyst. He was accessible thoughtful present calm organized kind and experienced. This was true from the moment we connected and has continued through the procedure and follow-up. Thank you Dr. Freise!
    Jul 15, 2021
    All good
    Jun 10, 2021
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