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Charles  M.  Friel,  M.D.

Colorectal Surgery

Contact Information

Address: P.O. Box 800709, Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0709
Phone: 434.243.9970 Fax: 434.924.2520

Training & Certification


Surgery, New England Deaconess Hospital


Colon/Rectal Surgery, University of Minnesota

  • Surgery; Colon/Rectal Surgery

Clinical Practice

Conditions Treated:

Anal Fissure, Anorectal Disease, Colon Cancer, Colonoscopy, Colorectal Surgery, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Familial Adenomatous Polyposis, Fistula in Ano, Hemorrhoids, Incontinence, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Laparoscopic Surgery, Laparoscopic Total Proctocolectomy with Ileoanal J Pouch, Limberg Flap, Pelvic Floor Disorders, Pilonidal Disease, Rectal Cancer, Rectovaginal Fistula, Sphincter reserving surgery for rectal cancer, Surgical Infections, Transanal Endoscopic Microsurgery, Ulcerative Colitis

Special Expertise:

Colon and Rectal Cancer, sphincter salvage, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, J pouch, minimally invasive surgery, laparoscopy, colonoscopy

Research Interest:

Colon and rectal surgery and diseases and medical education



Dr. Friel is originally from Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Bowdoin College before going to Harvard University for his medical training. He did his general surgery training at the New England Deaconess Hospital as part of the Harvard Surgical Service. Dr. Friel then attended the University of Minnesota for his colon and rectal specialty training, which he completed in 2001. Dr. Friel then came to the University of Virginia (UVA) in 2001 to work in the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery. He is board certified in both General Surgery and Colon and Rectal Surgery.

He became Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery in 2007. He is also the Surgical Director of the Digestive Health Center of Excellence at UVA.

Dr. Friel specializes in the treatment of colorectal conditions. He has a particular interest in the treatment of rectal cancer as well as inflammatory bowel disease, where he is recognized as a regional and national leader, being recently recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America”. He also specializes in minimally invasive approaches, including laparoscopy and colonoscopy.

Dr. Friel is also a leader in medical education for both residents and medical students. He is the Associate Program Director of the General Surgical Residency. He has been widely recognized for his teaching abilities, recently being awarded a national teaching award from the Association of Surgical Education. In addition to this honor, he has received multiple local awards from both the medical students and residents, including the Leonard Tow Humanism Award for how he deals with his patients and their complex problems.

Dr. Friel’s research interests focus on the treatment of colon and rectal disease. He has published numerous manuscripts and book chapters on these subjects and currently sits on the editorial board of The Diseases of Colon and Rectum, the national journal for the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgery.

Named to Best Doctors in America® list, 2014.

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