Dr. Michael Friel, MD

Dr. Michael Friel, MD

Craniofacial Plastic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
41 y/o

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Dr. Michael Friel, MD, FACS, FAAP is a Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic surgeon who practices at the Ochsner Hospital for Children. Dr. Friel earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and his medical degree from Tulane. He completed his surgical internship and residency at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston. He completed a fellowship in Hand Surgery and Microsurgery at the world-renowned Buncke Clinic in San Francisco, CA. He completed his Plastic Surgery Resicence at Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. He then completed a one-year accredited fellowship in Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery at IU Health/Riley Hospital for Children. Dr. Friel is triple board certified by the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and the American Board of Plastic Surgery – Subspecialty of Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Friel is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Plastic Surgery Section). He holds national leadership positions within the American Cleft Palate – Craniofacial Association and serves on the Editorial Board of the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal. He is an active member in the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery and the American Association for Surgery of the Hand. Dr. Friel's expertise is in Cleft Lip and Palate care, Craniofacial Surgery, and Pediatric Hand Surgery.

Ochsner Health Center for Children

8120 Main St Ste 303

Houma, LA 70360
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • American Lifecare
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Carecentrix Health Plan
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • Employers Health Network
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • EyeMed Vision Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Galaxy Health Network

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  • Craniofacial Plastic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Surgery*
  • Hand Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*
  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Acrocephalopolysyndactyly Type II
  • Animal Bite
  • Apert Syndrome
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Skin Lesions
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Camptobrachydactyly
  • Camptodactyly - Joint Contractures - Facial Skeletal Dysplasia
  • Chromosome 22q Deletion Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Non-Healing Wounds Due to Surgery
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Palate
  • Craniosynostosis - Arthrogryposis - Cleft Palate
  • Crouzon Syndrome
  • Deviated Septum
  • Ear Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Extra Nipples
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Face Skin Lesions
  • Facial Asymmetries
  • Facial Birth Defect
  • Facial Laceration
  • Facial Trauma
  • Foot Conditions
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hemangioma
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hypertelorism
  • Jaw Irregularities
  • Joint Pain
  • Keloid Scar
  • Keratosis Palmaris Et Plantaris - Clinodactyly
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Microtia
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Noonan Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pfeiffer Syndrome
  • Pierre Robin Syndrome
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Poland Syndrome
  • Polydactyly
  • Receded Lower Jaw
  • Scars
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Skin Cancer
  • Spondylo Camptodactyly Syndrome
  • Syndactyly
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Torticollis
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Thumb
  • Vascular Anomaly
  • Velopharyngeal Incompetence
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
  • Wounds


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  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Amputation
  • Arm Surgery
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Burn Care Services
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Burn Surgical Procedure
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cleft Lift Procedure
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
  • Cleft Palate Repair (Palatoplasty)
  • Complex Revision Rhinoplasty
  • Dento Alveolar Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Ear Surgery
  • Earlobe Repair
  • Excision
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Soft Tissue Lesion
  • Excision of Vestibule Floor of Mouth
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Facial Surgery
  • Fat Grafting to the Face
  • Fat Reduction Procedure
  • Frenulotomy
  • Hand Surgery
  • Mastectomy
  • Nasoalveolar Molding
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Orthodontic Management of Distraction Osteogenesis
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgical Procedures
  • Preparation for Alveolar Cleft Repair
  • Primary Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Lesion Biopsy
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Soft Tissue Procedure
  • Soft Tissue Reconstruction
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Wound Repair


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Background Check

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0 Sanctions

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  • Tulane
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1999
    Medical School | Graduated 2003
  • Ut Houston
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Temple University
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Ut Houston
    Residency Hospital | Completed
  • Buncke Clin
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2009
  • Ind U Sch Med Riley Hosp Chldn
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2013

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Section Editor, Craniofacial Surgery - The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, 4/2016
  • Section Editor, Craniofacial Surgery - The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, April 2016
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons/World Craniofacial Foundation CRANIO Grant, 2017-2018
  • Associate Editor-in-chief - Microsurgery, December 2015
  • Section Editor, Head and Neck Surgery- Annals of Plastic Surgery, April 2015
  • Active Editor - The Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, March 2016
Media & Publications
  • Chang D, Friel, M., Youssef A. Reconstructive Strategies in Soft Tissue Reconstruction after Resection of Spinal Neoplasms. Spine. Vol 32(10), 2007 May
  • Carpenter C, Cuellar T, Friel MT Reply to Correspondance: Office-Based polydactyly excision in Infants and Children. Plast and Recon Surg., Jan 2017
  • Hopson, L., et. al., Guidelines for Withholding or Termination of Resuscitation in Traumatic Prehospital Cardiopulmonary Arrest. A Position Statement by the American College of Surgeons. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Vol 196, Issue 3, 2003 March
  • Murage KP, Costa MA, Friel MT, Havlik RJ, Tholpady SS, Flores RL. Complications Associated with Neonatal Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis in the Treatment of Robin Sequence. J Craniofac Surg., 2014 March
  • Hanasono, M., Friel MT. Robb, G., Chang, D. The Impact of Reconstructive Microsurgery in Patients with Oral Cavity Cancers. Head & Neck., 2009 Oct
  • Carpenter C, Cuellar T, Friel MT Office-Based polydactyly excision in Infants and Children." Plast and Recon Surg., 2016 Feb
  • Carpenter C, Cuellar T, Friel MT Reply to Correspondance: Office-Based polydactyly excision in Infants and Children. Plast and Recon Surg., 2017 Jan
  • Cuellar TA, Friel MT. Book Review: Handbook of Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. Ann Plast Surg., 2015 Aug
  • Starbuck JM, Friel MT, Ghoneima A, Flores, RL, Tholpady S, Kula K. Nasal Airway and Septal Variation in Unilateral and Bilateral Cleft Lip and Palate. Clin Anat., 2014 Jun
  • Friel MT, et Al. The Use of Glabrous Skin Grafts in the Treatment of Pediatric Palmar Hand Burns. Ann Plast Surg., 2015 Aug
  • Liu HF, Chen ZG, Lineaweaver WC, Friel MT, Zhang F. Molecular Mechanism of the "babysitter" procedure for nerve regeneration and muscle preservation in peripheral nerve repair in a rat model. Ann Plast Surg., 2016 Dec
  • Murage K, Tholpady S, Friel MT, Havlik R, Flores RL. Outcomes Analysis of Mandibular Distraction Osteogenesis for the Treatment of Pierre Robin Sequence. Plast and Recon Surg., 2013 Aug
  • Cetrulo C, Friel MT, Buncke G ., et. Al., Management of Exposed Total Knee Prostheses with Microvascular Tissue Transfer. Microsurgery., 2008 Aug
  • Friel MT So...Are you failing the Marshmallow Test? Connecting and Disconnecting in Our Information Rich World Plast and Recon Surg., 2016 Feb
  • Friel MT, Hidalgo J, Shiflett JM. Iatrogenic Intradiploic epidermoid cyst following strip craniectomy for sagittal craniosynostosis J Craniofac Surg, February 20
  • Friel MT Book Review: Comprehensive Cleft Care: Family Edition. Ann Plast Surg., May 2016
  • Friel MT, Shaw RE, Trovato M, Owsley, JQ. The Measure of Facelift Patient Satisfaction: The Owsley Facelift Satisfaction Survey with a Long Term Follow-up Study. Plast and Recon Surg., 2010 Jul
  • Friel MT, Murage K, Tholpady S, Havlik R, Flores RL. Airway Obstruction and the Unilateral Cleft Lip and Palate Deformity: Contributions by the Bony Septum. Ann Plast Surg,, 2015 Aug
  • Friel MT, Lineaweaver WC. Letter to the Editor Celft Palate Craniofac J., 2014 May
  • Demoss P, Murage KP, Tholpady S, Friel M, Havlik RJ, Flores RL. Low-cost, high-definition video documentation of corrective cleft surgeries using a fixed laparoscope. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg., 2014 Feb

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Dr. Friel accepts 32 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
    Aetna Better Health
    Aetna Better Health of Louisiana
    Aetna HMO
  • American Lifecare
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Access PPO
    Blue Advantage HMO
    Blue Advantage Plus HMO
    Blue Advantage PPO
    Blue Care Connection PPO
    Blue Care HMO
  • Carecentrix Health Plan
  • Cigna
    Behavioral Health
    Cigna PPO
    Open Access Plus
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
    Aetna Better Health
  • Employers Health Network
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • EyeMed Vision Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
    First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Gilsbar 360
  • Health Care Alliance Pool
  • Health Payors Organization
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthSmart
  • Humana
    Choice Care PPO
  • Louisiana Healthcare Connections
  • Medicaid
  • MGM Resorts Health Plan
  • MultiPlan
    MultiPlan PPO
    PHCS Network PPO
  • Peoples Health
  • PPO Plus
  • Prime Health Services
  • Spectera
  • Three Rivers Provider Network
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • USA Managed Care Organization

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Hospitals where Dr. Friel has admitting privileges

Ochsner Medical Center
1516 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
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Ochsner Baptist
2700 Napoleon Ave
New Orleans, LA 70115
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