Harris County Medical Society and Houston Academy of Medicine
Install New Leaders
Houston, TX (Jan. 25, 2013)...The Harris County Medical Society (HCMS), the professional society for physicians in Harris County, and the Houston Academy of Medicine (HAM), the scientific and charitable organization for HCMS physicians, installed their new officers Jan. 18, at the HCMS/HAM Installation of Officers & Leadership Recognition, at the Petroleum Club. HCMS is the largest county medical society in the nation, with more than 11,000 physician and medical student members.
Keynote speaker, former American Medical Association (AMA) President Donald J. Palmisano, MD, JD, and Master of Ceremonies, former HCMS President Carlos R. Hamilton, Jr., MD, welcomed into office 2013 HCMS President Russell W. H. Kridel, MD, and 2013 HAM President Bradford S. Patt, MD, as well as the other HCMS and HAM officers. During the evening, HAM honored renowned surgeon, educator and international leader in research Walter J. Pories, MD, with the John P. McGovern Compleat Physician Award. This national award recognizes a physician who embodies the Oslerian ideals of medical excellence, humane and ethical care, and commitment to medical humanities and research.
Dr. Russell Kridel, a facial plastic surgeon, was installed as the 112th president of HCMS. He is board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (ABFRPS) and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has been in private practice in Houston since 1981, specializing in cosmetic surgery of the face and neck, with special emphasis on cosmetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty and aging face surgery. Besides his private practice, Dr. Kridel educates future physicians as a clinical professor and director of the Division of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, is the director of its Facial Plastic Fellowship Program in conjunction with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Alexandra, VA. He has hospital appointments and consulting privileges at several Houston hospitals and currently is chief of staff of Houston Hospital for Specialized Surgery. Dr. Kridel also is the founder of the Face Foundation, which provides free reconstructive facial surgery and supports educational programs for domestic violence victims.
Dr. Kridel is very active with the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and AMA and has served on many committees and councils. 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, as a manuscript reviewer for the AMA Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, and on the Governing Council of the AMA Specialty and Service Society.
In addition, he currently serves as a senior advisor to the Board of Directors and as board examiner with the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is a former president with the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and has been a board examiner for the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has won numerous prestigious awards, including the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery's F. Mark Rafaty Award for Surgical Excellence.
He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University, medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, residency from Baylor College of Medicine, and fellowship at the University of Texas, Houston.
Dr. Bradford Patt, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, was installed as the 2013 president of the Houston Academy of Medicine (HAM). Dr. Patt is board certified in head and neck surgery as well as reconstructive and facial plastic surgery. He has served as chairman of the Otolaryngology Section for Memorial Hermann Southwest, as well as chairman of the hospital's Credentials and Medical Ethics Committee. He also has been the president of the Texas Association of Otolaryngology and the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Dr. Patt is a member of the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery. He graduated from Louisiana State University Medical School and completed his residency in otolaryngology at The University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas. He followed that with a fellowship in facial plastic surgery at the University of Illinois in Chicago. Soon after, he joined the Houston Ear, Nose and Throat Clinic at Memorial Hermann Southwest, in which he has been practicing for more than 16 years.
Dr. Kridel’s and Dr. Patt’s one-year term as president is from Jan. 1, 2013 to Dec. 31, 2013. The HCMS Executive Board is the governing board of HCMS and its members serve on the HAM Board of Trustees, the governing board of HAM. The four HCMS members-at-large are the officers of HAM. The HCMS Executive Board officers for 2013 are: Russell W. H. Kridel, MD, president; Elizabeth Torres, MD, president elect; George D. Santos, MD, vice president; and Ronald S. Walters, MD, secretary/treasurer.
The HAM Board of Trustees for 2013 are: Bradford S. Patt, MD, HAM president and HCMS member-at-large; Kimberly E. Monday, MD, HAM vice president and HCMS member-at-large; Lisa L. Ehrlich, MD, HAM treasurer and HCMS member-at-large; and Alan P. Glombicki, MD, HAM secretary and HCMS member-at-large.
The following council and board chairs and branch presidents are the 2013 HCMS Executive Board and HAM Board of Trustees: Uzma Iqbal, MD, HCMS Council of Hospital Chiefs of Staff; Yvonne Kew, MD, PhD, HCMS Council of International and Affiliated Medical Societies; Shkelzen Hoxhaj, MD, HCMS Council of Specialty Societies; Richard L. Noel, MD, HCMS Board of Ethics; Sherif Z. Zaafran, MD, HCMS Board of Medical Legislation; Dwane G. Broussard, MD, HCMS Board on Socioeconomics; William S. Gilmer, MD, Delegation to the TMA; Brian S. Golfarb, MD, HCMS Central Branch president; Shariq J. Rauf, MD, HCMS East Branch president; James S. Guo, MD, HCMS North Branch; Theodoros Voloyiannis, MD, HCMS Southeast Branch; Benjamin Interiano, MD, HCMS Southwest Branch; Christopher N. Prichard, MD, HCMS Western Branch; John W. Burruss, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine, and Martin J. Citardi, MD, of The University of Texas Health Science Center.
HCMS, established in 1903, is the professional society for physicians in Harris County. It is the largest county medical society in the nation, with a membership of more than 11,000 physicians and medical students. 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. In 1915, HCMS incorporated the Houston Academy of Medicine to support the community service, education, scientific and charitable programs for physicians, their patients, and the community at large in Harris County.