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.


Russell Kridel MD given Bluebonnet Award

November 20th, 2013 Kirin

Russell Kridel MD given Bluebonnet Award  for contributions to Houston area dietetics by Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics!

Russell Kridel MD given Bluebonnet Award

Russell Kridel MD given Bluebonnet Award by Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


The Bluebonnet Award of the Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is intended to recognize an individual who is not a dietitian, but who has contributed significantly to the advancement of nutrition and dietetics in Texas.

Dr. Russell Kridel is a passionate advocate of the importance of nutrition and diet in our community.  As the President of the Harris County Medical Society for 2013, one of his primary goals during this year is to help target the obesity epidemic in our community.

He created the HCMS Personal Responsibility Committee dedicated to helping address the obesity epidemic. The committee provides physicians from all specialties with additional tools to communicate with their patients about the importance of diet and nutrition to prevent obesity, diabetes and other diseases, with specific emphasis on sugar sweetened beverages. Through Dr. Kridel’s leadership, the committee developed a brochure called “Shut Out Sugar” for physicians and other health providers to hand out to patients.  The brochure clearly outlines simple and easy steps people can take to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to improve their health.

Russell Kridel MD advocate for diet and nutrition

HCMS President, Russell Kridel MD is passionate advocate of diet and nutrition

He also participates in key roles at the state and national level on health care issues that positively promote the role of diet and nutrition in the ever-changing landscape of health care.

Dr. Kridel is in his sixth year and the current Chair of the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH). CSAPH provides information and recommendations on medical, scientific, and public health issues.  Reports during Dr. Kridel’s tenure on the CSAPH, have covered such issues as: sugar sweetened beverages, obesity and bottled water safety.  Dr. Kridel also has a blog — scienceandyourhealth.com, that provides patients with answers to questions about topics covered by the CSAPH reports.

As the immediate Past President of the TMA Foundation, Dr. Kridel also raised funds for initiatives that enable physicians and their families to give back to their community and improve the health of all Texans. The foundation supports TMA’s health improvement programs that address the association’s public health priorities.

Houston-based Facial Plastic SurgeonDr. Russell Kridel, will be presented with the Bluebonnet Award at the annual Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member’s dinner in May, 2014.  He will also be placed into consideration for the statewide designation.

Please join all of us at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in congratulating Dr. Russell Kridel on this significant award and his continued contributions to providing all patients with the highest standards of health care!


—- Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston TX


Dr. Russell Kridel Quoted in Medscape Article on Obesity as a Disease

June 26th, 2013 Kirin

Dr. Russell Kridel was quoted in the June 19, 2013 Medscape online article, “AMA Declares Obesity a Disease.”  At the recent 2013 annual Americal Medical Association (AMA) meeting in Chicago, physicians voted to label obesity as a disease that requires a range of interventions to advance treatment and prevention.

While physicians agree that obesity is an epidemic.   Not all agree that obesity should be labeled a disease.  Russell Kridel, MD, incoming chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health (CSPH), told Medscape Medical News that there is no debate about the importance and urgency of addressing the problem, but he doesn’t believe it qualifies as a disease.

“It’s more like smoking. Smoking isn’t a disease. Smoking can cause disease such as lung cancer and emphysema in the same way that obesity can lead to diabetes and hypertension,” he explained. “We’re really talking nomenclature here, not philosophy.”

He noted that behavior and dietary choices play a part in obesity. “Thirty years ago, we did not have the obesity problem we have now. If you look scientifically at what has changed, our diet has changed. There’s been no change in our genetic structure in the past 30 years.”

Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, MD, said he would like to see more attention focused on prevention and personal responsibility. The CSPH issued a 14-page report opposing the classification of obesity as a disease.

Click here to read the full Medscape article . You can also visit medscape.com

To get more information on current health issues read Dr. Kridel’s Science and Your Health blog and his Kridel On Health blog.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates


FPSA Congratulates Dr. Russell Kridel as he kicks off his term as the 112th President of the Harris County Medical Society

January 13th, 2013 Kirin

Russell Kridel, MD, FACS
President, Harris County Medical Society
Facial Plastic Surgeon

Effective January 1, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel has been installed as the President of the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) for 2013.

The HCMS is the largest county medical society in the nation, with more than 11,000 physician and medical student members. Its mission is to be the leading advocate for its member physicians, their patients and the community, in promoting the highest standards of ethical medical practice, access to quality medical care, medical education, research, and community health.

Dr. Kridel is also very active with the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and American Medical Association (AMA). He currently serves as president of the TMA Foundation Board of Trustees, consultant to the TMA Council of Legislation, member of TEXPAC Board of Directors, and HCMS Delegate to the TMA. He also serves as chair elect on the AMA Council on Science and Public Health, AMA Delegate representing his specialty, and on the Governing Council of the AMA Specialty and Service Society. He is a former president with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has won numerous prestigious awards for surgical excellence, including The F. Mark Rafaty Award, the highest honor from the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Kridel’s presidency of the HCMS further demonstrates his passion for his profession and his patients, as well as his commitment to providing the highest standards of care.

Join all of us at Facial Plastic Surgery Associates in congratulating Dr. Kridel on this significant honor.

Check out the announcement in the Houston Business Journal. 

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