Kirsten Freeman

Kirsten Freeman, MD

Cardiovascular Surgeon

Business Phone: (352) 273-5493

About Kirsten Freeman

Kirsten Freeman, MD is an Assistant Professor with the Division of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University of Florida, and the Associate Program Director for the Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery Integrated and Traditional Residency Training Programs.

She graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and a minor in Economics. She then went on to pursue her education at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Medicine where she received her doctorate of medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Colorado Denver. Additionally, Dr. Freeman completed a cardiothoracic surgery research fellowship at the University of Colorado. She then went on to complete a cardiothoracic surgery fellowship from the University of Florida, department of surgery, division of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery.

Dr. Freeman is certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Thoracic Surgery.

Dr. Freeman has received multiple honors and awards throughout her profession career relating to her fellowship, residency, medical school and undergraduate career. Additionally, She has been affiliated with numerous professional memberships including the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Southern Thoracic Surgical Association, and the Florida Society of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeons. Throughout her career, Dr. Freeman has been involved in multiple professional activities, and research publications.


Robotic Fellowship Award
2018-2019 · American Association for Thoracic Surgery
E.E. Moore Univ. of CO Department of Surgery Research Symposium Basic Science Award
2014 · University of Colorado
Paul C. Samson Western Thoracic Surgical Association
2013 · University of Colorado
No. 1 Rank in MD Class
2005-2009 · University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Wallace McNutt Award for Highest Achievement in Gross Anatomy and Embryology
2005-2009 · University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Board Certifications

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    American Board of Thoracic Surgery
  • Certification
    SAGES Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery (FLS)
  • General Surgery
    American Board of Surgery

Clinical Profile

  • Cardiology
  • Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Areas of Interest
  • Spinal Injury
  • Spinal cord trauma
  • Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair (TEVAR)
  • Valvular Disease

Research Profile

Areas of Interest
  • hypothermic circulatory arrest
  • novel isolation protocol of spinal cord neurons
  • spinal cord injury


The Growing Years: Promoting Yourself in the First 5 Years.
Thoracic surgery clinics. 34(1):33-38 [DOI] 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2023.08.003. [PMID] 37953050.
Never too early: the impact of a shadowing programme in paediatric and congenital cardiac surgery for undergraduate college students.
Cardiology in the young. 33(4):514-519 [DOI] 10.1017/S1047951123000549. [PMID] 37132393.
Patent Ductus Arteriosus Exclusion Technique Using Thoracic Endovascular Aortic Repair.
The Annals of thoracic surgery. 115(2):e53-e55 [DOI] 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2022.02.052. [PMID] 35288081.
Applicant perception of virtual interviews in cardiothoracic surgery: A Thoracic Education Cooperative Group Study.
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 164(6):e475-e482 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2021.11.074. [PMID] 34955283.
Interviews During the Pandemic: A Thoracic Education Cooperative Group and Surgery Residents Project.
The Annals of thoracic surgery. 113(2):663-668 [DOI] 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.02.089. [PMID] 33774001.
Misdiagnosis of Thoracic Aortic Disease Occurs Commonly in Emergency Transfers.
The Annals of thoracic surgery. 114(6):2202-2208 [DOI] 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2021.11.006. [PMID] 34838743.
Monitored Anesthesia Care Versus General Anesthesia for Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement.
Innovations (Philadelphia, Pa.). 17(5):401-408 [DOI] 10.1177/15569845221124113. [PMID] 36217748.
Outcome and Cost Comparisons Between Surgical and Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacements.
Innovations (Philadelphia, Pa.). 17(6):482-490 [DOI] 10.1177/15569845221125474. [PMID] 36317252.
Posttraumatic pneumonectomy and management of severely contaminated pleural space.
JTCVS techniques. 13:275-279 [DOI] 10.1016/j.xjtc.2022.02.016. [PMID] 35711215.
Erythropoietin activates the phosporylated cAMP [adenosine 3’5′ cyclic monophosphate] response element-binding protein pathway and attenuates delayed paraplegia after ischemia-reperfusion injury.
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 149(3):920-4 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.11.011. [PMID] 25500291.
Spinal Cord Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury Induces Erythropoietin Receptor Expression.
The Annals of thoracic surgery. 100(1):41-6; discussion 46 [DOI] 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2015.01.027. [PMID] 25865765.
Spinal cord protection via alpha-2 agonist-mediated increase in glial cell-line-derived neurotrophic factor.
The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery. 149(2):578-84; discussion 584 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2014.10.037. [PMID] 25454921.


Fellowship in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
2017-2020 · University of Florida
Fellowship in Surgery
2012-2014 · University of Colorado
Residency in Surgery
2009-2016 · University of Colorado Denver
Medical Degree
2005-2009 · University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Bachelor's Degree in Biology
2001-2005 · Texas A&M University

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