Dr. Russell Kridel Receives Inaugural Stephen C Duffy Award

December 28th, 2016 admin

AAFPRS Awards Dr. Russell Kridel the Stephen C Duffy Award at Annual Meeting

Dr. Kridel Receives Stephen C Duffy Award

Dr. Russell Kridel and Stephen C Duffy with Inaugural Award

 The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive  Surgery (AAFPRS) awarded Russell W.H. Kridel, MD, FACS,  of Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in Houston, Texas, with  the prestigious Stephen C Duffy Award for Leadership,  Health Policy and Advocacy.at the AAFPRS Annual Meeting  in Nashville where world-class facial plastic surgery  innovators and educators explored cutting-edge facial  rejuvenation techniques.

The honor is awarded to the AAFPRS member who embodies the same tireless enthusiasm and commitment to health policy and member advocacy as Stephen C Duffy, former Executive Vice President of the AAFPRS. In his years at the AAFPRS and American Medical Association (AMA), Duffy exemplified a vigorous commitment to the political process and greatly influenced the profession’s and the public’s knowledge of the quality care that facial plastic surgeons deliver.

Dr. Kridel is First Recipient of the prestigious Stephen C Duffy Award for Leadership, Health Policy and Advocacy

Dr. Kridel Receives Stephen C Duffy Award

Stephen C Duffy Award

As a world-renowned and politically connected  facial plastic surgeon  for more than 25 years,  Dr.  Kridel is a worthy first recipient of this    award.

The depth of his experience and knowledge has  led  Dr. Kridel to be  one of the most sought-  after facial  plastic surgeons in the country.  He  has published  more than 100 scientific journal articles and book  chapters on facial plastic surgery techniques and received the highest AAFPRS awards for surgical skill.

Dr. Kridel has also been active in the medical political arena for more than 20 years. As a tireless advocate for patients and physicians, he has held numerous leadership positions. Currently, he is a member of the AMA Board of Trustees. Dr. Kridel has also served as National President of the AAFPRS, as well as the president of the Harris County Medical Society and the Texas Medical Association Foundation. He served on the AMA Council on Science and Public Health for 7 years and was its chair.  He is a clinical professor and director of facial plastic surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston.
“It is an incredible honor to be chosen as the first recipient of the Stephen C Duffy Award for Leadership, Health Policy and Advocacy,” says Dr. Kridel. “Steve’s tireless advocacy for our specialty has brought us great recognition and respect. We must interface for our patients’ sake with the government, with insurers, hospitals, legislators, and health care systems. We cannot leave the destiny of our patients and our health care system in the hands of those with neither a license to practice nor the education to provide patient care.”

Dr. Kridel received his award in Nashville at the AAFPRS Annual Meeting where world-class facial plastic surgery innovators and educators explored cutting-edge facial rejuvenation techniques.

He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.


Dr. Kridel and FPSA Weigh In On New Year’s Resolutions

December 20th, 2012 Kirin


It is that time of year where we find ourselves making New Year’s Resolutions.  Losing weight or getting fit is traditionally the top one resolution every year according to Time magazine.

It is exactly why there are so many ads for gyms and diets. However, within a month, often less, the resolution is broken and our old habits return. The statistical odds are against you because you may have set unrealistic goals.


So how can we effectively change our behavior?

In the Tuesday December 11, 2012  issue of Red Bulletin dropped into the LA Times newspaper, columnist Jeff Wise made an interesting hypothesis — the key to transforming our lives is to accept the need for a fundamental change and simply behave like the person you want to become.  So, the way to become a fit person is to act like one.

As Dr. Russell Kridel has stated, the hardest part is getting started.  So, keep it simple. And, instead of making a resolution to tackle a new fad diet regimen that requires you to completely change your eating habits overnight or setting a wildly aggressive goal of losing 20 lbs in a month, just complete the following 2 Steps .

Step 1: Put on your sneakers each day.  Once they’re on there’s pretty much a 100% chance that you will do some kind of exercise, even if it is walking around the block or jumping up and down.

Step 2: Drink one less sugary drink a week and then evolve to one less sugary drink a day.  Remember, soda isn’t the only drink that contains sugar.

Just the act of putting on your sneakers and drinking one less sugary drink is what a fit person would do.  Before long, the person you want to be becomes the person that you are.

So skip the resolution.  Just put on your sneakers and drink one less sugary drink. You are well on your way to fitness in 2013!

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX

Dr. Russell Kridel named Chair-Elect for prestigious AMA Council on Science and Public Health

June 15th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

I am currently attending the AMA (American Medical Association) Annual meeting in Chicago, Illinois, and just got elected as Chair-Elect of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH).

The Council on Science and Public Health develops scientific reports for the AMA and how they impact the public health of our patients.  In the last 6 years since I first joined the Council, we have developed over 75 reports on subjects as varied as; radiation exposure from X-rays, marijuana use for medical purposes, elder abuse, health care disparities, safety of bottled water, noise exposure from in-the-ear music devices, use of growth hormones in anti-aging, environmental dangers of landfills and unsafe mercury levels in the fish we eat.

At this current meeting, we will be discussing a possible tax on sweetened soft drinks, vital medicine drug shortages, screening mammography guidelines and bio-engineered food safety.

I have been active in the AMA since my residency, because I feel it is really important to give back to the profession, to the patient community, and to try and improve the health care system so that it is a better health care system for all.

— Dr. Russell Kridel