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Professor, University of Texas Southwestern
Adjunct Professor, Dalhousie - Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine


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Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen is Professor of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and serves as the Surgical Cardiothoracic Director of the Adult Congenital Heart Disease program. She is a pediactric cardiothoracic surgeon at Children's HealthSM who specializes in caring for both children and adults with cogenital heart disease. 

Dr. Camille Hancock Friesen completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Alberta. She then completed her post-graduate training in surgery and cardiothoracic surgery at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS. She completed an advanced 18-month fellowship in congenital heart surgery at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard University and then began her clinician-scientist research career in Nova Scotia where she spent the first half of her career caring for children with heart disease and congenital heart conditions. Dr. Hancock Friesen also developed a research portfolio aimed at improving patient safety, treatment outcomes and children's wellness. She has been awarded research funding from both industrial and governmental sources, and is presently Co-Principal Investigator of a $1.2 million public/private partnership grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada. This work which is named "Uplift" and is launching in March 2019 and is centered on catalyzing sustainable population and systems level culture changed in health, by partnership development and empowering youth as change agents.

As a Professor, she is an academic leader teaching courses in advances cardiac care to medical students, residents and fellows. she is a member of the Society of Thoracic Surgery, the Canadian Cardiovascular Society, the American Heart Association and is a fellow with the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Hancock Friesen is also a member of the Cogenital Heart Surgeons Society Committee on Quality Improvement and Outcomes.



Behavioural medicine

MSc, Experimental Surgery, University of Alberta

MD, University of Alberta

FRCS(C), General Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons
FRCS(C), Cardiac Surgery, Royal College of Surgeons
FACS, General Surgery, American Board of Surgery/American College of Surgery


Research Interest

Population health
Health promotion
Surgical outcomes
Complcations post surgery

Notable Awards

  • 2014: Doctors NS William Grigor Award - Award to physicians under the age of 50, who has made outstanding contribution benefiting the health of Nova Scotians.

  • 2013: Canadian Living Health Heroes Award

  • 2011: Halifax Cornwallis Progress Club Women of Excellence Award - Health Sport and Wellness

Recent Publications

Orcid ID#: 0000-0001-7260-8611

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