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Michael T. Friel, MD

Surgical Director - Ochsner Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Program
Accepting New Patients
Michael T. Friel, MD
4.9 of 5 Stars
Based on 38 Patient Verified Ratings
Years Practicing

Michael T. Friel, MD

Surgical Director - Ochsner Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Program
Accepting New Patients
Primary Location
421 South 28th Ave.
Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Ochsner Medical Center - New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70121
1514 Jefferson Hwy
New Orleans, LA 70121
Ochsner Health Center for Children - River Chase
69318 Highway 21
Covington, LA 70433
Ochsner Health Center - East Mandeville
3235 E Causeway Approach
Mandeville, LA 70448


Michael Friel, MD, joined Ochsner in 2017 as director of pediatric plastic surgery. He is a nationally recognized authority in cleft lip and palate care, and leads the comprehensive Cleft Lip and Palate team at Ochsner Childrens Hospital. Having been published in many leading professional publications, he serves as the pediatric plastic surgery editor for Annals of Plastic Surgery. He is actively involved in research and teaching. Pediatric plastic surgery is a very broad field covering congenital and post-traumatic reconstruction for many conditions and covering many parts of the body, whether that be the face, the skull, the hands, the trunk, or the extremities. Dr. Friel completed a pediatric plastic surgery and craniofacial fellowship at Riley Childrens Hospital in Indianapolis. He completed a separate fellowship in hand surgery and microsurgery at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco. Originally from the Philadelphia suburbs, Dr. Friel is a graduate of Tulane University where his undergraduate degree was in biomedical engineering. He subsequently graduated from Tulane University medical school. He completed his surgery residency at the McGovern School of Medicine at University of Texas Health in Houston. He then completed his plastic surgery residency at Temple University in Philadelphia. He holds board certification from the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery - Subspecialty Certification in Surgery of the Hand. He is a member of the International Society of Craniofacial Surgery, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgeons, The American Cleft Palate / Craniofacial Association, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Pediatricians. He enjoys participating in medical missions with Operation Smile. Dr. Friel is a dad of six children, active in his church parish and enjoys cheering on his children at their sporting events and dance recitals.

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Education and Training

Medical School

Tulane University School of Medicine - GME
Field of Study: Medical Degree


Temple University School of Medicine
Field of Study: Plastic Surgery

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Field of Study: General Surgery


The Buncke Clinic
Field of Study: Hand & Microsurgery

Indiana University
Field of Study: Craniofacial/Peds Plastics


  • American Board of Plastic Surgery - Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery

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To obtain patient ratings and comments, we partner with Press Ganey, an independent patient satisfaction company that works with more than 26,000 healthcare organizations to improve the patient experience. These patient verified ratings are based on the “likelihood to recommend” physician scores on the nationally developed Medical Practice Survey. Actual top box results for this question are translated to a 1-5 scale, and the star scores are measured on that scale, with 5 being the best score.

February 2024

Dr. Friel was AMAZING. Explained everything, answered questions and made my son and myself feel at ease. Easy to talk to. You have a one of a kind In him. The visit was easy from start to finish.

February 2024

Great doctor. Conservatively deal with our issues and that what we waited.

February 2024

I could not ask for more. I was totally put at ease with my health issue concerns and directions to go forward

December 2023

The doctor was also excellent! Explained everything very well

December 2023

Dr. Friel is very knowledgeable while also very personable & friendly. Would recommend him to anyone!!

November 2023

Professional, mannerable, caring, and took the time to explain everything out to every single detail.

October 2023

Dr. Friel is a very good doctor, he is the best. He listened and talk to the patient on her level, so she could understand the procedure.

October 2023


September 2023

I would recommend Dr Frill to anyone