Portrait of Russell Kridel.
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Russell W.H. Kridel, MD, a Houston-based double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in private practice with more than 30 years of experience, was re-elected to a second term to the American Medical Association Board of Trustees in June 2018. In addition to his re-election, Dr. Kridel was also elected secretary of the board, which places him on the Executive Committee.

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. A current board member of the AMA Foundation, he has also served on the AMA Specialty and Service Society Governing Council, and has represented his specialty as an AMA delegate or alternate delegate for over 20 years.

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. During his tenure there, Dr. Kridel created the Committee on Personal Responsibility and the “Shut Out Sugar” campaign to support physicians in addressing 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 a clinical professor 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 been the recipient of its highest awards for surgical skill and innovation. In 2016 the AAFPRS awarded Dr. Kridel the Stephen C. Duffy Award for Leadership, Health Policy, and Advocacy. Dr. Kridel is a fellowship director for the AAFPRS and has had 36 fellows complete their 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. Having published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and text book contributions, as well as a landmark study on rib cartilage grafting in the nose, Dr. Kridel is an in-demand speaker who has given lectures and courses on facial plastic surgery around the world.

Dr. Kridel’s interests have always been community oriented. 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. He also served for two years as president of the TMA Foundation, which has improved outcomes for many through its immunization programs, science teacher awards and minority scholarships.

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.

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