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Julie A. Freischlag, M.D. View profile as PDF

Julie A. Freischlag

Clinical Interests

Professor Julie Freischlag is a vascular surgeon and an international expert in the diagnosis and treatment of thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS).

The condition occurs when nerves or blood vessels running from the neck into the arms become compressed, leading to pain, sensation or mobility issues in the upper extremities and, in some cases, dangerous blood clots. Trauma, repetitive use, exertion or congenital conditions can trigger the syndrome.

Freischlag and her clinical team provide complete TOS evaluations and treatment plans, which can involve physical therapy, pain management and/or surgery.

Research/Academic Interests

Dean and Vice Chancellor Freischlag oversees the academic, research and clinical programs of UC Davis Health System, including its School of Medicine, Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, 1,000-member physician practice group and the 619-bed UC Davis Medical Center.

Before coming to UC Davis, Freischlag was professor, chair of surgery and surgeon-in-chief at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. Prior to Johns Hopkins, she was professor and chief of vascular surgery at UCLA. 

Her national leadership includes serving as secretary of the board of governors and presently as chair of the board of regents of the American College of Surgeons. She is immediate past president of the Society for Vascular Surgery and a past president of the Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons and the Society of Surgical Chairs. Currently, she is the editor of JAMA Surgery and an editorial board member for other prestigious journals.

A leader in finding new treatments for vascular disorders, Freischlag has published more than 200 manuscripts, abstracts and book chapters on TOS, abdominal aortic aneurysms, carotid artery disease and peripheral vascular disease. She is developing a national registry of treatments and outcomes for TOS patients and is the national principal investigator of the OVER (Open Versus Endovascular Repair) trial of abdominal aortic aneurysms.



Vice Chancellor for Human Health Sciences
Dean, School of Medicine


Vascular Surgery


Education Building
Office of the Vice Chancellor
4610 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Driving Directions
Phone: 916-734-7131

Additional Phone:

Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., Rush University Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, 1980
B.S., University of Illinois, 1976


General Surgery, UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California, 1980-1986


Vascular Surgery, UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, 1986-87

Board Certifications:

American Board of Surgery - General Surgery, 2005
American Board of Surgery - Vascular Surgery, 2005

Professional Memberships:

American College of Surgeons, Chair of Board of Regents
American College of Surgeons, Fellow
American Medical Women?s Association
American Surgical Association
Association for Academic Surgery
Association for Surgical Education
Association of Veterans Administration Surgeons, Past President
Association of Women Surgeons
Peripheral Vascular Surgery Society
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Society for Clinical Vascular Surgery
Society for Vascular Surgery, President and Distinguished Fellow
Society of Surgical Chairs, Past Chair
Society of University Surgeons
Western Vascular Society

Select Honors and Awards:

Diversity Award, Johns Hopkins University, 2013

Presidential Citation Award, Association of Veteran?s Administration Surgeons, 2013

Nina Starr Braunwald Award, Association of Women Surgeons, 2010

"10 Most Powerful Moms in Health Care", Working Mother Magazine, 2010

America?s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical LTD., 2010

Distinguished Alumnae of the Year, Rush University Medical School, 2007

Honorary Member, James D. Hardy Society, 2007

Honorary Member, Society of Black Academic Surgeons, 2007

Top 100 Women in Maryland, 2006

Lifetime Achievement Award, West Los Angeles VA Hospital, 2006

Visiting Professor Award, Association of Women Surgeons Foundation, 2001

Distinguished Member Award, Association of Women Surgeons, 2000

Select Recent Publications:

Likes K, Rochlin DH, Call D, Freischlag JA.  McCleery Syndrome:  Etiology and Outcome.  Vasc Endovascular Surg. 2014 Feb;48(2):106-10

Freischlag JA, Lawrence PF, Perler BA.  The Society for Vascular Surgery will participate in a New Global Vascular Practice Guidelines Initiative. J Vasc Surg. 2014 Feb;59(2):510.

Kibbe MR, Sarr MG, Livingston EH, Freischlag JA, Lillemoe KD, McFadden DW.  The Art and Science of Publishing:  Reflections from Editors of Surgery Journals. J Surg Res. 2014 Jan;186(1):7-15.

Malas MB, Enwerem N, Qazi U, brown B, Schneider EB, Reifsnyder T, Freischlag JA, Perler BA.  Comparison of surgical bypass with angioplasty and stenting of superficial femoral artery disease.  J Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan;59(1):129-35

Arnaoutakis GJ, Schneider EB, Arnaoutakis DJ, Black JH, Lum YW, Perler BA, Freischlag JA, Abularrage CJ.  Influence of gender on outcomes after thoracic endovascular aneurysm repair.  J Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan;59(1):45-51.

Likes, K, Dapash T, Rochlin DH, Freischlag JA.  Remaing or Residual First Ribs are the Cause of Recurring Thoracic Outlet Syndrome. Ann Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan 21. pii:S0890-5096(14)00045-4

Likes K, Rochlin DH, Salditch Q, Dapash T, Baker Y, Deguzman R, Selvarjah S, Freischlag JA. Diagnostic Accuracy of Physician and Self-referred Patients for Thoracic Outlet Syndroome are Excellent.  Ann Vasc Surg. 2014 Jan 21.  pii:  S0890-5096(14)00046-6.

Arnaoutakis DJ, Selvarajah S, Mathioudakis N, Black JH 3rd, Freischlag JA, Abularrage CJ.  Metabolic syndrome reduces the survival benefit of the obesity paradox after infrainguinal bypass.  Ann Vasc Surg. 2013 Dec 23. Pii S0890-5096(13)00693-6

Qazi U, Obeid TE, Enwerem N, Schneider E, White JR, Freischlag JA, Perler BA, Malas MB.  The effect of ballooning following carotid stent deployment on hemodynamic stability.  J Vasc Surg. 2013 Dec 14. Pii: S0741-5214(13)01721-7

Freischlag JA.  It is not a slide but it is a ladder.  Am J Surg. 2013 Nov;206(5):667-8

Lyu H, Cooper M, Freischlag JA, Makary MA.  Patient Satisfaction as a possible indicator of quality surgical care reply.  JAMA Surg. 2013 Oct;148(10):986-7

Freischlag JA.  There are just not enough hours in the day.  JAMA Surg. 2013 Sep;148(9):833.

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