Dr. Michael Friel, MD

Dr. Michael Friel, MD

Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
43 y/o

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Dr. Michael Friel, MD is a pediatric craniofacial surgery specialist in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing for 10 years. He specializes in pediatric craniofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, and more.Read his story

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Dr. Friel's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Oral and-or Facial Cleft

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Dr. Friel treats Oral and-or Facial Cleft more than 20% of his peers

Dr. Friel treats this condition more than 20% of his peers

Wound Repair

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Dr. Friel performs Wound Repair more than 5% of his peers

Dr. Friel performs this procedure more than 5% of his peers

Breast Reduction

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Dr. Friel performs Breast Reduction more than 5% of his peers

Dr. Friel performs this procedure more than 5% of his peers

Dr. Friel's conditions and procedures:

  • Abscess or Cyst Drainage or Aspiration
  • Abscess or Fluid Incision and Drainage
  • Acrocephalopolysyndactyly Type II
  • Amputation
  • Animal Bite
  • Apert Syndrome
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Back Pain
  • Benign Skin Lesions
  • Breast Asymmetry
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Burn Care Services
  • Burn Reconstruction
  • Burn Surgical Procedure
  • Camptobrachydactyly
  • Camptodactyly - Joint Contractures - Facial Skeletal Dysplasia
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Chromosome 22q Deletion Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Non-Healing Wounds Due to Surgery
  • Cleft Lift Procedure
  • Cleft Lip
  • Cleft Lip and Palate Repair
  • Cleft Palate
  • Cleft Palate Repair (Palatoplasty)
  • Complex Revision Rhinoplasty
  • Craniosynostosis - Arthrogryposis - Cleft Palate
  • Crouzon Syndrome
  • Dento Alveolar Surgery
  • Dentofacial Anomalies
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Ear Disorders
  • Ear Plastic Surgery (Otoplasty)
  • Ear Reconstruction
  • Ear Surgery
  • Earlobe Repair
  • Elbow Injuries
  • 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
  • Extra Nipples
  • Eyelid Lesions
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Face Skin Lesions
  • Facial Asymmetries
  • Facial Birth Defect
  • Facial Laceration
  • Facial Reconstruction
  • Facial Surgery
  • Facial Trauma
  • Fat Grafting to the Face
  • Fat Reduction Procedure
  • Foot Conditions
  • Frenulotomy
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Gynecomastia
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Injury
  • Hand Surgery
  • Hemangioma
  • Hemifacial Microsomia
  • Hernia
  • Hidradenitis
  • Hypertelorism
  • Jaw Irregularities
  • Joint Pain
  • Keloid Scar
  • Keratosis Palmaris Et Plantaris - Clinodactyly
  • Knee Disorders
  • Limb Pain
  • Localized Fat Deposits
  • Mandibular Hypoplasia
  • Mastectomy
  • Microtia
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Nasoalveolar Molding
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Noonan Syndrome
  • Nose Plastic Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Oral and-or Facial Cleft
  • Orthodontic Management of Distraction Osteogenesis
  • Orthognathic Surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Peripheral Vascular Surgical Procedures
  • Pfeiffer Syndrome
  • Pierre Robin Syndrome
  • Plagiocephaly
  • Poland Syndrome
  • Polydactyly
  • Preparation for Alveolar Cleft Repair
  • Primary Cosmetic Rhinoplasty
  • Receded Lower Jaw
  • Reconstruction for Craniosynos
  • Scar Revision Surgery
  • Scars
  • Second-Degree Burns
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Skin Cancer
  • Skin Cancer Removal
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Lesion Biopsy
  • Skin Lesion Removal
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Soft Tissue Procedure
  • Soft Tissue Reconstruction
  • Spondylo Camptodactyly Syndrome
  • Syndactyly
  • Third-Degree Burns
  • Torticollis
  • Treacher Collins Syndrome
  • Trigger Finger
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Thumb
  • Vascular Anomaly
  • Velopharyngeal Incompetence
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wound Repair
  • Wounds

About Me


"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 f...


  • Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery
  • Cosmetic, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Hand Surgery

Board Certifications

  • General Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery


Temple University
Residency Hospital
Ut Houston
Residency Hospital
Ind U Sch Med Riley Hosp Chldn
Fellowship Hospital
Buncke Clin
Fellowship Hospital
Ut Houston
Internship Hospital
Medical School
Undergraduate School


  • 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

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Ochsner Medical Center

New Orleans, LA

Ochsner Baptist

New Orleans, LA