May 2, 2015
physicians presented Houston physician Russell W.H. Kridel, MD, the 2015 C.
Frank Webber, MD, Award for his commitment to mentoring medical students. Dr. Kridel
was recognized by the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Medical Student Section today during TexMed,
TMA’s annual conference, in Austin.
“It is a great honor and privilege to receive this
recognition from the TMA Medical Student Section,” said Dr. Kridel. “All I have
ever done with medical students is recognize their incredible energy,
enthusiasm, caring spirits, and brilliant minds, and try to give them the
opportunities they so well deserve.
“I am very grateful and humbled by this award also because
of the great physician for whom it is named: C. Frank Webber, who was a mentor
to me. He encouraged me to pursue community involvement and political action in
medicine when I was just starting out in practice,” said Dr. Kridel.
Kridel is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon in private practice. He also
is a clinical professor and director of the Division
of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at The University of Texas
Medical School at Houston (UTHealth Medical School).
Kridel is “clearly student focused, especially for students involved in
organized medicine,” said nominating medical student David Savage, from
UTHealth Medical School. “I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Dr. Kridel
over the past three years, and I have heard many stories from other students in
Houston about how he has helped their careers or promoted their aspirations in
community service,” added Mr. Savage.
Mr. Savage recalls telling Dr. Kridel of a health fair he
was planning for refugees in Houston. Dr. Kridel asked to be told when that
event would take place, which Mr. Savage did. “Much to my surprise, Dr. Kridel
came to the United Way agency where we were working and stayed for over an hour
to meet the volunteers,” said Mr. Savage. “This was a great indication of Dr.
Kridel’s sincere interest in students and community service.”
medicine has long been a passion of Dr. Kridel’s from the local Harris County
Medical Society (HCMS) to TMA to the American Medical Association (AMA), as
well as his specialty organizations. He is a former president of the Student
American Medical Association (now the American Medical Student Association), Harris
CMS, TMA Foundation Board of Trustees, Houston Society of Otolaryngology, and
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Currently, Dr.
Kridel serves on the TEXPAC Board of Directors, AMA Board of Trustees, and AMA
Foundation Board of Trustees.
Kridel is a founder and president of The Face Foundation, which provides no-cost
reconstructive facial plastic surgery to victims of domestic violence. In 2014,
he received the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Bluebonnet Award for
significant contributions to the advancement of nutrition and dietetics in
Kridel is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received his
bachelor’s degree in political science from Stanford University. He is a
graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of
Medicine, and completed residencies in surgery and otolaryngology at Baylor College
of Medicine in Houston. He also completed a fellowship in facial plastic
Created in 1987, the C. Frank
Webber, MD, Award is named after the late Texas family physician and educator
C. Frank Webber, MD, former dean of The University of Texas Medical School at
Houston. Dr. Webber’s efforts prompted the development of the strong student
organization within TMA.
TMA is the largest state medical
society in the nation, representing more than 48,000 physician and medical
student members. It is located in Austin and has 110 component county medical
societies around the state. TMA’s key objective since 1853 is to improve the
health of all Texans.
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