Faculty Profile

Christopher Friese

Christopher R. Friese, RN, PhD

  • Elizabeth Tone Hosmer Professor of Nursing
  • Professor, Nursing
  • Professor, Health Management and Policy

Dr. Christopher R. Friese is a national authority in measuring and improving the quality of cancer care delivery. Over his career, he has led pivotal studies to develop and test strategies to improve outcomes of high-risk care. His research findings were among the first to establish a significant relationship between favorable nurse practice environments and lower surgical mortality. With over 100 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Friese's research findings have informed clinical practice guidelines, and state and federal health policy.

Dr. Friese spent 2016-2017 as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow in the United States Senate. A clinical expert in hematological malignancies and advanced cancers, Dr. Friese continues to practice as a staff nurse at the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center. In 2021, the President appointed Dr. Friese to a six-year term on the National Cancer Advisory Board, which sets national cancer research policy.

  • Post-Doc, Harvard School of Public Health, 2008
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, 2005
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania, 1997

Quality of cancer care, health services research, nursing workforce, and health policy.

Research Projects:
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant, 2018-2023, National Cancer Institute, Co-I.

Interdisciplinary Research Training Center in Cancer Care Delivery, 2020-2025, National Cancer Institute, PI.

COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium, 2020-Present, Site Principal Investigator.

Email: cfriese@umich.edu
Office: 734-647-4308

Areas of Expertise: Cancer,  Health Care,  Health Policy