Dr. Charles Friel, MD

Dr. Charles Friel, MD

Colon & Rectal Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 54
Dr. Charles Friel, MD is a colon & rectal surgery specialist in Charlottesville, VA and has been practicing for 17 years. He graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1993 and specializes in colon & rectal surgery and general surgery.

1215 Lee St

Charlottesville, VA 22908

Contact Information

(434) 924-3627

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • MultiPlan

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Anal and Rectal Cancer
very high
more than 99% of peers
Anal Disorders
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Friel "As a Colon and Rectal surgeon, I firmly believe that our health is a precious resource and needs to be managed with great care and thought. Therefore, I work closely with my patients trying to understand the implications of their health problems on their entire life and that of their loved ones. I consider my relationship with my patients a highly collaborative one, and work hard to individualize care to the needs of the patient. I am most interested in finding the best care possible for YOU!"

2  Specialties

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
  • General Surgery

2  Board Certifications

  • Colon & Rectal Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

38  Conditions Treated

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35  Procedures

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Appendectomy, Laparoscopic
  • Appendectomy, Open
  • Colectomy
  • Colectomy and Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Colonoscopy
  • Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, and Sigmoidoscopy
  • Destruction of Anal Tumor
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Enterostomy (Laparoscopic or Open)
  • Excision of Rectal Tumor
  • Fistulectomy or Fistulotomy, Anal
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy With Robotic Assistance
  • Gastroenterology Procedures
  • Hemorrhoidectomy or Excision of Anal Tags
  • Hernia Repair
  • Incision and Removal of Foreign Object
  • Incisional Hernia Repair, Laparoscopic
  • Intestinal Transplant (incl. Enterectomy)
  • Laparoscopic Abdominoperineal Resection of the Rectum With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Sigmoidectomy With Robotic Assistance
  • Laparoscopic Surgical Procedure
  • Laparotomy
  • Open Incisional and-or Ventral Hernia Repair
  • Pelvic Exenteration (For: Gynecologic, Urinary, or Colorectal Malignancy)
  • Proctectomy, Open or Laparoscopic (incl. Swenson and Duhamel Procedures)
  • Proctosigmoidopexy With Robotic Assistance
  • Removal of Reproductive Organs (Hysterectomy, Oophorectomy, Salpingectomy, Salpingo-Oophorectomy, Resection of Peritoneal Malignancy)
  • Removal or Destruction of Rectal or Intestinal Tumor (incl. Colonoscopy, Proctosigmoidoscopy, Sigmoidoscopy and Control of Hemorrhage)
  • Repair of Anal and Rectal Defects (Anoplasty, Repair of Imperforate Anus, Sphincteroplasty, Rectal Graft)
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Sphincterotomy
  • Transendoscopic Stent Placement
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Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Virginia.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Bowdoin College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1986
  • Harvard Medical School
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1993
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1999
  • University Of Minnesota / Twin Cities Campus
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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What People Say About Dr. Charles Friel, MD
Dr Friel is amazing, what a wonderful Doctor. He got mom through a really tough surgery. He is extremely nice and kind. But..... His office nursing staff are HORRIBLE. They don't call back, are rude, condescending and never listen. My mom had questions right after she returned home from the...Read More
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Danielle g in Lexington , va – Aug 02, 2016
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I have Crohn's disease and had a colon resection done by Dr. Friel. He is a fantastic and knowledgable surgeon. Dr. Friel removed 7 inches of my intestines/colon. My recovery was wonderful and void of any complications. I have since moved to Florida and would seriously consider returning to him if...Read More
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Jamie Mullen in Stuart, FL – Jul 04, 2016
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This guy is a waste of time. I spent two hours waiting for him to examine me and give me a diagnosis of, I don't know. No research, no blood work, etc. Just I don't know. I was floored and the Intern seemed to be as well. When I say no interest in helping me, I mean ZERO interest. I suggested blood...Read More
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Everett Delaney in Charlottesville, VA – Jun 28, 2016
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