Russell W.H. Kridel, MD
Russell W.H. Kridel, MD, a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in private practice for more than 30 years in Houston, was elected to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2014. Since 2000 Dr. Kridel has served in multiple capacities in the AMA House of Delegates, including as a member of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health from 2007 to 2014, and as the council's chair from 2013 to 2014. He is also a board member of the AMA Foundation and has served on the AMA Specialty and Service Society Governing Council.
In Texas Dr. Kridel has held numerous leadership positions at the state and local levels. He serves as a consultant to the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Council on Legislation and is past chair of the TMA Committee on Professional Liability. At the local level, Dr. Kridel served from 2013 to 2014 as president of the Harris County Medical Society, which has more than 11,000 members and is the country's largest county medical society. During his tenure there, Dr. Kridel created the Committee on Personal Responsibility and the "Shut Out Sugar" campaign to support physicians in their efforts to address obesity. He was awarded the 2014 Texas Bluebonnet Award for his contributions to diet and nutrition at the state and local level and in 2015 was awarded the C. Frank Webber Award for his outstanding service to the TMA Medical Student Section. Dr. Kridel was also a member of the board of directors of the Texas Medical Center in Houston from 2012 to 2014.
Dr. Kridel serves as clinical professor and director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas, Houston. He is the past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and has received the highest awards from AAFPRS for surgical skill and innovation. Dr. Kridel is currently a fellowship director for the AAFPRS and has had 33 fellows successfully complete their fellowship training under his guidance. He is a current examiner for the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and was a senior examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Dr. Kridel's interests have always been community oriented. He served for two years as president of the TMA Foundation, which has improved outcomes for many through its immunization programs, bicycle helmet projects, science teacher awards and minority scholarships. In 1995 Dr. Kridel founded The Face Foundation, which provides surgical care at no fee to financially disadvantaged individuals who are survivors of domestic violence and need to receive restorative or reconstructive facial plastic surgery, especially battered women and children.
Dr. Kridel received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and received his medical degree from University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He completed residency training at Baylor College of Medicine and his fellowship under the auspices of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.