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FACIAL PLASTIC SURGEON: Dr. Russell Kridel

As a world-renowned facial plastic surgeon, Russell Kridel, M.D., F.A.C.S. is recognized as one of the country’s top doctors by both his peers and his patients.

Dr. Kridel understands that patients need individualized care based on their goals and expectations. Through his experience and award-winning surgical skills, along with his artistic eye, Dr. Kridel leads his patients through this highly personal process of rejuvenation, whether it is a minimally invasive treatment or a cosmetically transformative surgery.

Patients, including physicians and their family members, come from all over Houston, Texas and the country, for surgery because of his respected expertise and surgical skills. As a result,  many refer to Dr. Kridel as “The Doc’s Doc”.

Dr. Kridel is extremely dedicated to his profession, his specialty and particularly to his patients. In this video, Dr. Kridel, reveals a closer look at what drives his passion for his profession, his specialty, and particularly, to his patients.

As a top Houston plastic surgery specialist, Dr. Kridel has published more than 80 scientific journal articles and book chapters on facial plastic surgery, including topics such as: Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Ethnic Rhinoplasty, Facelift, Facial Rejuvenation, Septal Perforation, Injectables, Skin Tightening and Laser Techniques. Dr. Kridel also invented several Rhinoplasty surgical techniques that are now taught in medical schools around the world.

Dr. Kridel is triple board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery and the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery. He also currently serves on the faculty at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston as a Clinical Professor and Director, Division of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, UT Health Science Center & Medical School.  He is on the medical staff of several Houston hospitals, including Methodist Hospital. Click here to view his Methodist Hospital profile

At Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, you will enjoy the beautiful, elegant, yet comfortable environment of our offices in the Texas Medical Center.

In addition, the operating room in Dr. Kridel’s practice, Facial Plastic Surgery Associates, has been certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Accreditation by this highly regarded, independent organization ensures that the FPSA, operating room facility meets the exacting standards of staffing, licensing, certification, equipment, and physical plant standards. The AAAHC logo in the lobby provides you with the peace of mind that at FPSA, Dr. Kridel and his team care about you having the best care possible and hold themselves to the highest possible standards.


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Dr. Russell Kridel’s excellence in facial plastic surgery has consistently inspired the loyalty and trust of patients from all walks of life. From pre-operative assessment, treatment and post-operative care, Dr. Kridel’s informed, supportive and collaborative approach has benefited thousands of patients, empowering each one to face the future with renewed confidence.

Dr. Kridel’s Honors:
Patients and physicians have consistently named Dr. Kridel to Top Doc lists annually for over fifteen years, including; Texas Monthly Super Doctor, H-Texas Magazine Top Doc, Best Doctor, and Castle Connolly Top Doctor.

For his professional achievements, the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) awarded Dr. Kridel the F. Mark Rafaty Award and the William K. Wright Award — their highest honors for surgical excellence.

One of his most recent research studies on the use of irradiated cartilage grafting in nasal reconstruction and published in the AMA Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, was hailed by the journal’s editor as a “landmark study,” which “epitomized the meticulous clinical observations that we all should strive to achieve in our practices.”

Always an activist for excellence in health care delivery, Dr. Kridel believes better health care for patients comes, in part, from physicians, dedication to developing medical advancements at all levels — from research to patient care. Elected by surgeons from his own specialty, as well as, physicians across all disciplines, to numerous leadership positions, Dr. Kridel has served as President of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, President of the TMA (Texas Medical Association) Foundation, and President for the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS). In 2014, Dr. Kridel was elected to the American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees.

Commitment to Training:
Dr. Kridel has trained thousands of surgeons from around the United States and the world. Surgeons come to visit Dr. Kridel in his private practice in Houston, TX, they travel to medical courses to hear him lecture and they refer to the plethora of his scientific articles and textbook chapters to help advance their own surgical skills.

Based on his reputation for superior surgical skills and innovative techniques, Dr. Kridel is a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Fellowship Program. Dr. Kridel’s Fellowship is one of just 49 sanctioned programs across the United States and Canada and one of only two programs in Texas. A fellowship with Dr. Kridel is one of the most sought after by the best and the brightest physicians that have graduated at the top of their respective medical training programs. For more information about the Fellowship Program click here.

Dynamic Speaker:
His vast range of experience not only makes Dr. Kridel a sought-after speaker at meetings and courses nationwide, but his innovations and techniques make him an A-list interviewee for all forms of media.

Extremely articulate at describing procedures and benefits, Dr. Kridel has been interviewed by the CBS Early Show in New York, featured often in national magazines, and has been a featured medical authority for Texas publications and TV segments.

Because his skills are well known and widely admired around the globe, Dr. Kridel is often invited to speak at worldwide meetings of physicians. He has lectured and trained surgeons in over 20 different countries and has even presented scientific papers in fluent Italian.

Superlative Training:
Texas cosmetic surgeon Russell Kridel began his higher education at Stanford University, where he earned his B.A. He studied art and history in Florence, Italy, and during that time, became fascinated with what proved to be a lifelong interest — Beauty through the Ages. He credits his time spent abroad as a pivotal period in his development of an aesthetic eye, which has set him apart in a field in which a refined artistic sense is of paramount importance.

After deciding that facial plastic surgery would be his life’s work, he went on to attend 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. During residency, Dr. Kridel co-authored a book on medical cost containment that the American Medical Association published.

Dr. Kridel has been in private practice in Houston, Texas, for more than 25 years, and he specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and neck, with special emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty and aging face surgery. He is a noted expert in primary rhinoplasty and nasal reconstruction following accidents or unsuccessful surgeries performed elsewhere. Patients from all over the world come to Dr. Kridel to have him do their septal perforation surgery because he is only one of a few noted specialists in this very difficult surgical procedure.

Click here to view Dr. Kridel’s Curriculum Vitae (CV).

Giving Back: The Face Foundation
In 1995, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell W. H. Kridel, MD, established The Face Foundation charitable program. The Face Foundation provides surgical care at no fee to financially disadvantaged individuals who are survivors of domestic violence and need to receive restorative or reconstructive facial plastic surgery, especially battered women and children.

For more information about The Face Foundation click here.