MCCOMB –Ochsner Hospital for Children is proud to offer exceptional specialty care to residents of McComb, Mississippi and the surrounding areas. Dr. Michael Friel, a pediatric plastic surgeon and surgical director of Ochsner’s Cleft Palate Craniofacial Program, and Dr. Lamar Davis, pediatric neurologist, have joined the team at McComb Children’s Clinic to provide pediatric plastic surgery and neurology services. Dr. Friel and Dr. Davis are currently accepting appointments on the first Friday of the month and first and third Thursday of the month, respectively.

Dr. Michael Friel joined Ochsner Hospital for Children’s team in May 2017. He previously worked at University of Mississippi Medical Center and is triple board certified by the American Board of Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery Hand Subspecialty. Dr. Friel's practice is limited to pediatric and adolescent patients. His areas of expertise are in cleft lip and palate care, craniofacial surgery, pediatric and congenital hand surgery, congenital Nevi/skin neoplasms, vascular malformations, breast surgery/body image and pediatric burns. To make an appointment with Dr. Friel, please click here or call 504-842-5338 (504-84-CLEFT).

Dr. Lamar Davis is a native of Vicksburg, Miss. and a graduate of University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Davis felt drawn to become a physician as it allowed him to combine his love of science and children. A specialist in general pediatric neurology and pediatric neuromuscular medicine, Dr. Davis treats conditions including childhood seizure disorders, headaches and migraines, muscle disorders, movement disorders, cerebral palsy, learning and attention disorders, brain tumors, neurofibromatosis and more. To make an appointment with Dr. Davis, please click here or call 504-842-3900.

“We’re thrilled to work with the incredible and compassionate team at McComb Children’s Clinic,” said Dr. Friel. “Dr. Davis and I have roots in Mississippi and it’s an honor to bring specialty care to the McComb community. We hope that our partnership with the clinic allows more children to get necessary care without the inconvenience of having to drive long distances for appointments.”

Led by respected pediatricians, Dr. Michael Artigues, Dr. Antoinette Hubble and Dr. Christopher Charles, the McComb Children’s Clinic is a primary care provider for pediatric patients offering well-child exams, sports physicals, newborn care, immunizations, and nutrition guidance as well as diagnosis and treatment for a wide range of pediatric illnesses.

“Our team is so excited to welcome renowned specialists, Dr. Friel and Dr. Davis, to the McComb Children’s Clinic,” said Dr. Artigues. “Offering high-quality care for complex conditions close to home will bring peace of mind and comfort to so many families in and around McComb. Through this partnership, we’re able to build a stronger, healthier community.”


Ochsner Health System and Southwest Health System announced a strategic partnership in November 2016, allowing collaboration to share best practices and offer patients access to more highly specialized, innovative care locally.

Patients of Drs. Friel and Davis will have the benefit of Ochsner’s electronic health record system, Epic, which safely and securely shares patient information, resulting in a higher level of coordinated care. Ochsner offers additional convenience through MyOchsner, which allows patients to make appointments and access test results and healthcare resources online.

McComb Children’s Clinic is located at 309 Llewellyn Avenue. For more information about the clinic, please visit www.mccombchildrensclinic.com or call 601-684-7623. For more information about Ochsner Hospital for Children, please visit www.ochsner.org/pediatrics.

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About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 60 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,200 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Southwest Health System
Southwest Health System is an integrated healthcare delivery network serving residents of Southwest Mississippi and beyond. The organization is comprised of Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center (Southwest Regional), Cardiovascular Institute of Mississippi, Mississippi Cancer Institute, SMRMC Ambulatory Surgery Center, St. Luke Home Health & Hospice, SMRMC Digestive Diseases Center, Southwest Center for Rehabilitation, Southwest Regional Women’s Center Maternity Suites, Family Practice/Internal Medicine Clinics and Lawrence County Hospital. As one of the most comprehensive healthcare resources in Southwest Mississippi, Southwest Regional is a modern facility with 165 licensed beds offering advanced equipment and a broad range of services to its patients, including a Level III Trauma Center. Southwest Regional is a member of the Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA), American Hospital Association (AHA), and the Voluntary Hospitals of America, Inc. (VHA), and is accredited by DNV Healthcare, Inc. Southwest Regional is the hub of the total complement of healthcare services provided by Southwest Health System. For more information, visit www.smrmc.com.

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