Camille Hancock Friesen, M.D., is a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in caring for both children and adults with congenital heart disease. She is a 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.
Dr. 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.
“I love the complexity of caring for children with a heart condition; it’s what gets me out of bed in the morning,” says Dr. Hancock Friesen. “I always take the trust that parents put in us as caregivers very seriously and look after each child as though they are my own.”
Dr. Hancock Friesen has more than 15 years of experience caring for children with heart disease and congenital heart conditions. She conducts research to improve patient safety, treatment outcomes and children’s wellness. Dr. Hancock Friesen has been awarded research funding from both industrial and governmental sources, and is presently Co-Principal Investigator of a $5 million grant from the Public Health Agency of Canada. This work includes efforts to enact sustainable systems level change to improve children’s health and health knowledge.
As a professor, she is an academic leader teaching courses in advanced 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. She is also a member of the Congenital Heart Surgeons Society Committee on Quality Improvement and Outcomes.
During her free time, Dr. Hancock Friesen enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. She also enjoys artistic welding and caring for her new herd of cows. She has an exceptional shoe collection too!
Education and Training
- Medical School
- University of Alberta (1992)
- Grey Nuns Hospital (1993), Rotating
- Dalhousie University (2000), Cardiac Surgery
University of Alberta (1998), General Surgery
- Harvard Medical School - Childrens Hospital (2002), Congenital Cardiac Surgery
- Graduate School
- University of Alberta (1997)
- Board Certification
- Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons Canada