Charles F. Frey, M.D.Charles Frederick Frey was born in New York City in 1929. He graduated from Amherst College in 1951 and attended Cornell University medical school to obtain an M.D. degree in 1955. He finished general surgery training at Cornell in 1963 during which time he completed two years in the United States Air Force as chief of surgery at Homestead Air Force Base.

From 1964 until 1976, he rose to professor of surgery at the University of Michigan and at that time enjoyed a productive experience working with C. Gardner Child. Here he began to understand the impact of the extended distal pancreatectomy (duodenum-sparing almost total pancreatectomy).The first conception for the Frey Procedure began at this time. The operation is accepted as one of the most common operations done for the disabling pain of chronic pancreatitis.

Since 1976 he has been in the University of California, Davis system where he retired as professor and executive vice chairman, Department of Surgery in 1994. He was a founding member and chairman of the Pancreas Club from 1975 through 1995 bringing the group out of inactivity to international status. Dr. Frey and the Pancreas Club have become a household word among pancreatophiles. He has published over 250 journal articles and presented over 350 lectures throughout the world.

Past Speakers


Pancreatic Cancer: Update 2019, Nicholas J. Zyromski, M.D.

Nicholas J. Zyromski, M.D., 2019
Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine
"Evolving Treatment of Necrotizing Pancreatitis"


Pancreatic Cancer: Update 2017, Doug Evans, M.D.

Doug Evans, M.D., 2017
Medical College of Wisconsin
"Recent Developments in the Treatment of Localized Pancreatic Cancer: MCW Experience"


Chronic Pancreatitis: Update 2016, William Nealon, M.D.

William Nealon, M.D., 2016
Yale Cancer Center
"Evolution of the Surgical Management of Chronic Pancreatitis"


Pancreatic Cancer: Update 2015, Keith D. Lillemoe, M.D.


The Inaugural Charles F. Frey Lectureship

Keith Lillemoe, M.D., 2015
Surgeon in Chief
Massachusetts General Hospital
“Pancreatic Cancer: Update 2015”