American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
AAFPRS Member Russ Kridel, M.D., Honored by American Medical Association

AAFPRS Member Russ Kridel, M.D., Honored by American Medical Association

Dr. Kridel Elected to AMA Board of Trustees

WASHINGTON, DC – June 24, 2014 – The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) is proud to announce the election of Russ Kridel, MD, an esteemed member and facial plastic surgeon from Houston, Texas, to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees. Dr. Kridel has served the AAFPRS as national president and in many other capacities; his AMA appointment further celebrates his outstanding reputation and medical skill.

Dr. Kridel maintains a private practice in Houston, where he is a facial plastic surgeon. He volunteers his time as a clinical professor and director of the Division of Facial Plastic Surgery at the UT Health Science Center in Houston.

“I am honored to be elected to the AMA Board of Trustees with the support of the AAFPRS,” said Dr. Kridel. “I hope to further the AMA’s goals of preserving the patient-physician relationship and improving the health of the nation.”

Dr. Kridel has been a member and chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health, a member of the Governing Council of the AMA Specialty and Service Society and a member of the AMA House of Delegates representing Facial Plastic Surgery. 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. He has over 100 peer-reviewed scientific publications.

He has a distinguished record as a medical leader, having served as president of the Harris County Medical Society and on multiple HCMS committees. As a medical student, he was elected the national president of the Student American Medical Association. At the state level, Dr. Kridel chaired the professional liability committee of the Texas Medical Association, and served as president of its charitable foundation. In Houston, he is on the Board of the Texas Medical Center.

Dr. Kridel attended medical school at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, where he was awarded his M.D. He studied at Baylor College of Medicine, in Houston, where he did residencies in General Surgery and in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, followed by a fellowship in facial plastic surgery.

“We are honored to have Dr. Kridel representing the AAFPRS in the nation’s largest physician organization,” said Edward Farrior, MD, president of the AAFPRS. “The AMA shares our goal of advancing the art and science of medicine for the betterment of public health and superior patient care. Dr. Kridel’s history of leadership and dedication to the field of facial plastic surgery and organized medicine make him the ideal candidate to take on this vital role of shaping American medicine.”

ABOUT THE AAFPRS:

The American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is the world’s largest specialty association for facial plastic surgery.  It represents more than 2,700 facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons throughout the world. The AAFPRS is a National Medical Specialty Society of the American Medical Association (AMA), and holds an official seat in both the AMA House of Delegates and the American College of Surgeons board of governors. AAFPRS members are board certified surgeons whose focus is surgery of the face, head, and neck. AAFPRS members subscribe to a code of ethics. The AAFPRS has two humanitarian programs: The FACE TO FACE program offers pro bono facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to domestic violence survivors to repair injuries on the face, head and neck caused by an intimate partner or spouse. FACES OF HONOR connects soldiers injured in the line of duty with facial plastic surgeons who provide pro bono services. The AAFPRS provides consumers with free information and brochures and a list of qualified facial plastic surgeons in any area by visiting the AAFPRS web site, www.aafprs.org.

For more information, or to schedule an interview with an AAFPRS spokesperson, please contact the Academy’s public relations firm, Melissa Kelz Communications at 646-450-5359 and ask to speak to Patty – pattymathews@kelzpr.com or to Melissa –melissa@kelzpr.com