UC Davis dean to deliver 2015 Sirridge Lecture

Julie Freischlag, M.D.
Julie Freischlag, M.D.

Julie A. Freischlag, M.D., dean of the school of medicine and vice chancellor for human health sciences at the University of California-Davis, has been selected to present the annual Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine lecture. Her presentation will take place at noon on Sept. 10 in Theater C at the School of Medicine.

Freischlag, whose lecture topic will focus on “Resilience,” is recognized as a prominent leader among academic health centers in the United States, having led education and training programs at top medical schools for the past 15 years. In her current role at UC Davis, Freischlag oversees academic, research and clinical programs that include the school of medicine, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, a 1,000-member physician practice group, and the university’s medical center.

Prior to joining the UC Davis Health System, Freischlag was chair of surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. In those roles, she spearheaded initiatives to expand research, add specialty clinical services, and improve patient care and safety.

On a national level, Freischlag has served as a former governor, secretary of the Board of Governors, regent, and immediate past chair of the Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is also the immediate past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery Foundation.

A prolific author, Freischlag has more than 225 publications and is recognized internationally as an expert in thoracic outlet syndrome. She has received numerous teaching and achievement awards, has been named a “Top Doctor” by Baltimore Magazine, and was selected as one of the “10 most powerful moms in health care” by Working Mother Magazine.

Freischlag’s research activities include a prospective trial tracking more than 800 patients from 34 Veterans Affairs Medical Centers throughout the country to compare outcomes among open and endovascular repairs for abdominal aortic aneurysm.

The Marjorie S. Sirridge, M.D., Outstanding Women in Medicine lecture is open to students, faculty, alumni and staff.