Christopher R. Friese

Dr. Christopher Friese, Assistant Professor

Christopher R. Friese, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN

Assistant Professor
Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership
Room 4162 400NIB

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-4308
Fax: (734) 647-2416

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • Quality of care
  • Health services research and policy
  • Oncology nursing
  • Nursing workforce

Christopher Friese’s program of research is focused on the measurement and improvement of quality of care for patients with cancer. In 2008, he was awarded a Pathway to Independence K99/R00 research grant to study outcomes of care for patients with cancer from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Active projects include an outcomes effectiveness study of Magnet hospital care for surgical patients, and an examination of nursing practice environments in outpatient chemotherapy settings. His research has been published in Medical Care, Cancer, Health Services Research, Nursing Research, and has been presented at national and international meetings. He was one of the original authors of the Oncology Nursing Society’s Putting Evidence into Practice (PEP) summaries of evidence-based interventions to prevent infection. He lectures widely on evidence-based oncology nursing practice, nursing workforce, and health care policy. Dr. Friese holds advanced certification as an oncology nurse, and continues to practice clinically as a staff nurse in medical oncology, hematological malignancies, and stem cell transplantation.

To learn more about Christopher Friese's research, visit his website.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Fostering Independence in Nursing and Outcomes Research, National Institute of Nursing Research, NIH. PI
  • The Challenge of Individualizing Treatments for Patients with Breast Cancer, National Cancer Institute, NIH. Co-I
  • Understanding Variation in Failure to Rescue in the Elderly, National Institute on Aging, NIH, Co-I.


Dr. Friese focuses his teaching on action-oriented learning. Borrowing from Benjamin Franklin, he believes his students should learn the “most useful and most ornamental.” In practice, Dr. Friese’s teaching is focused primarily on nursing systems. At the undergraduate level, he has participated in the Transition to Professional Practice Course. At the masters level, he has recently taught the Health Policy course, as well as the Change and Innovation Course. He frequently guest lectures in the graduate program on health services and quality of care research, as well as symptom and side effect management for patients with cancer.Dr. Friese is also  a faculty advisor to the School of Nursing Undergraduate Honors Program, as well as the doctoral-level nursing systems interest group.

Affiliations / Service

  • Scientific Program Committee for Health Services Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2010-2013
  • Voting Member, Technical Advisory Panel on Cancer Quality Measures, National Quality Forum, 2010
  • Major Grants Reviewer, Oncology Nursing Society, 2010
  • Member, Academy Health, 2000-present

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, 2012
  • Pathway to Independence Award, National Institutes of Health, 2008
  • Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2006, 2007
  • Young Investigator Award, Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, 2005
  • Leadership Development Institute Fellow, Oncology Nursing Society, 2001
  • Sigma Theta Tau Xi Chapter, 2000


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard University, Boston, MA, 2008
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2005
  • MS, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 2001
  • BSN, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 1997

Publication Highlights

  • Friese, C.R., Kalisch, B.J., & Lee, K.H. Patterns and correlates of missed nursing care in inpatient oncology units. Cancer Nursing, in press.
  • Friese, C.R., & Manojlovich M. Nurse-physician relationships in ambulatory oncology settings. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 44, 258-265.
  • Griggs, J.J., Hawley, S.T., Graff, J.J., Hamilton, A.S., Jagsi, R., Janz, N.K., Mujahid, M.S., Friese, C.R., Salem, B., Abrahamse, P., & Katz, S.J. 2012. Factors associated with receipt of breast cancer adjuvant chemotherapy in a diverse population-based sample. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 30, 3058-3064.
  • Shang, J.J., Friese, C.R. Wu, E., & Aiken, L.H. 2012. Nursing practice environment and outcomes for oncology nursing. Cancer Nursing, June 29. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Friese, C.R., Himes-Ferris, L., Frasier, M.N., McCullagh, M.C., & Griggs, J.J. 2011. Structures and processes of care in ambulatory oncology settings and nurse reported exposure to chemotherapy. BMJ Quality and Safety, 21, 753-759.
  • Friese, C.R. 2012. Practice environments of nurses employed in ambulatory oncology settings: Measure refinement. Oncology Nursing Forum, 39, 166-172.
  • Kalisch, B.J., Friese, C.R., Choi, S.H., & Rochman, M. 2011. Hospital nurse staffing: Choice of measure matters. Medical Care, 49, 775-779.
  • Kamimura, A., Schneider, K., Lee, C.S., Crawford, S.D., & Friese, C.R. 2011. Practice environments of nurses in ambulatory oncology settings: A thematic analysis. Cancer Nursing, 35, E1-E7.
  • Friese, C.R., Earle, C.C., Magazu, L.S., Brown, J.R., Neville, B.A., Hevelone, N.D., Richardson, L.C., & Abel, G.A. 2010. Timeliness and quality of diagnostic care for Medicare recipients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Cancer, 117, 1470-7.
  • Katz , S.J., Hawley, S.T., Abrahamse, P., Morrow, M., Friese, C.R., Alderman, A.K., Griggs, J.J., Hamilton, A.S., Graff, J.J., & Hofer, T.P. 2010. Does it matter where you go for breast surgery? Attending surgeon’s influence on variation in receipt of mastectomy for breast cancer. Medical Care, 48, 892-899.
  • Friese, C.R., Earle, C.C., Silber, J.H., & Aiken, L.H. 2010. Hospital characteristics, clinical severity, and outcomes for surgical oncology patients. Surgery, 147, 602-609.
  • Friese, C.R., Neville, B.A., Edge, S.B., Hassett, M.J., & Earle, C.C. 2009. Breast biopsy patterns and outcomes in SEER-Medicare data. Cancer, 115, 716-24.
  • Friese, C.R., & Aiken, L.H. 2008. Failure to rescue in the surgical oncology population: Implications for nursing and quality improvement. Oncology Nursing Forum, 35, 779-85.
  • Friese, C.R., Lake, E.T., Aiken, L.H., Silber, J.H., & Sochalski, J.A. 2008. Hospital nurse practice environments and outcomes for surgical oncology patients. Health Services Research. 43, 1145-1163.
  • Aiken, L.H., Gwyther, M.E., & Friese, C.R. 1995. The registered nurse workforce: Infrastructure for health reform. Statistical Bulletin, 71(1): 2-9. Reprinted in: Lee, P.R., & Estes, C. 1996. The Nation’s Health (4th Ed.). Boston: Jones & Bartlett.