Dr Angela Sturm is Woman of the Year Candidate

April 16th, 2014 admin

Facial Plastic Surgery Associates Dr Angela Sturm is Woman of the Year Candidate for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates we believe in uplifting our patients and our community. Our Associate, Dr. Angela Sturm, is a Leukemia and Lymphoma Woman of the Year Candidate helping to raise funds for research for a cure and support for patients and their families. Please support Dr. Sturm and this amazing organization by making contributions online or in our office.

Dear Family and Friends,
In the US, nearly 1.1 million people are living with, or are in remission from leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, NHL or myeloma. Someone is diagnosed every 4 minutes and loses their life every 10 minutes to these diseases. Therefore, blood cancers touch just about all of us, our family or our friends. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society funds research for cures, as well as for helping patients and families through treatment. This is an organization that is doing the right things with the dollars it raises; therefore I am proud to be a candidate of James Ryan, an Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) survivor. James was diagnosed at only 13 months old in 2007. After nearly 3 years of treatment, he finished chemotherapy in September of 2010. James was declared cancer free in September of 2015! He loves to play sports, particularly soccer and basketball. He also loves writing and playing with Legos. James is the older brother to Adrianne and Rachel. LLS not only works hard to find a cure for kids like James, but helped his family with financial aid during his treatment.

I ask you to join me today in the campaign to end cancer. We have a short 10 weeks, March 20 through May 30, 2014, to raise as much money as possible for people like James. The focus of the campaign is not about being Woman of the Year; it is about funding critical research and aiding families with things as simple, but impactful as parking costs during treatment.

Please send your tax-deductible contribution via my contribution page

As a special favor, I’d like to also ask you to reach out to others you know and ask them to do the same. Many people have a connection to blood cancer and want to support our efforts.

Thank you in advance for your friendship and support.

Angela Sturm, MD

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


Russell Kridel MD quoted in Houston Business Journal on TMA launch of new physician services group

May 27th, 2013 Kirin

Dr. Russell Kridel was quoted in the May 23, 2013 issue of the Houston Business Journal about the recent launch by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) of the Physicians Services Organization for Patient Care.

In the article, Dr. Kridel stated, “The Physician Services Organization for Patient Care will provide services to help physicians navigate the changing health care delivery system. The best use of a physician’s time is in directly taking care of the patient one-on-one, not in dealing with red tape, reporting measures and compliance regulations.”

As the President of the Harris County Medical Society, Dr. Kridel helped lead the group to team up with the TMA Association as a key member of the new physician organization designed to provide doctors with the tools to perform better and more efficient patient care.  For example, one service of the Physicians Services Organization for Patient Care might help physicians comb through their data to identify chronically ill patients who need extra help to stay as healthy as possible and stay out of the hospital. Another might align primary care physicians and specialists to better coordinate the care they provide to their common patients.

Dr. Kridel was also featured in the Houston Business Journal earlier in 2013 to discuss ways to address the rising health care costs.

Check out Dr. Kridel’s blogs on topics relating to Facial Plastic Surgery and current health care issues:  Dr. Kridel on Health blog and Science and Your Health blog.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates


2013 HCMS President, Dr.Russell Kridel Delivers Inspired Inaugural Speech

February 10th, 2013 Kirin

As the newly installed President of the Harris County Medical Society, Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Russell Kridel delivered a noteworthy inaugural speech at the 2013 HCMS/HAM Installation of Officers & Leadership Recognition Dinner on January 18, 2013 at the Petroleum Club in downtown Houston.

2013 HCMS President, Dr. Russell Kridel accepts the gavel from outgoing President, Dr. Keith Bourgeois.

Here is an excerpt from Dr. Kridel’s inaugural speech:

…”The absolute commitment to patients is what defines physicians and separates them from other professions. Patients put their lives in our hands; how scary it is for them to have a disease process change the course of their lives. That sacred trust they place in us comes with great responsibility, to provide the best care possible and be patient advocates without any other motivation”…

The full transcript of the speech can be found at Dr. Kridel’s blog —kridelonhealth.com — on current health care issues that are important to both physicians and patients.

In addition, an abbreviated version of the speech can be found here on the Harris County Medical Society website where it was published in the February 1 Physician’s Newsletter.

— Kirin, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX

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. Kridel shares importance of Investing in Prevention

November 6th, 2012 Dr. Russell Kridel

We all need to invest in healthcare prevention

‘”Three old American sayings capture the interconnections among personal responsibility, preventive medicine, and health care costs. Consider ‘You are what you eat,’ and ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,’ and ‘A penny saved is a penny earned’.

Male and female working out

If we as individuals take better care of ourselves — if we as a society take better care of ourselves — we’ll be not only healthier but also wealthier in the long run. Every Texan needs to have more skin in the health care game, especially those who have too much skin and fat already. We can no longer blow smoke at proven ways to stop people from smoking and exposing others to their secondhand smoke. We need a shot in the arm to stop the spread of deadly, contagious diseases. A healthy and wealthy Texas depends on a sound health care system with robust medical care and effective public health components… All in all, a stitch in time does indeed save nine.”

Taken from TMA’s Healthy Vision 2020, Invest in Prevention, Section 5

Healthy Vision 2020 is the the roadmap for the Texas Medical Association initiatives through 2020.  If you would like a complete copy of Healthy Vision 2020 click here 

— Dr. Russell Kridel,  Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, Houston, TX