Russell Kridel MD comments on Physician Commitment

Physician Commitment to Patients: Part I

Physician commitment to patients is absolute

The absolute commitment to patients is what defines physicians and separates them from other professions. Patients put their lives in our hands each and every day. How scary it is for them to have a disease process change the course of their lives. Patients look to us as their guide through an often frightening and confusing process. That sacred trust patients place in us comes with great responsibility. The responsibility to provide the best care possible and be patient advocates without any other motivation.

There is no doubt that our medical community with its bright minds and unending quest for knowledge will continue to provide leadership and innovation in health care for the patients we represent and care so deeply about. — Russ Kridel MD

Russell Kridel MD is a Houston-based Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon in private practice in the Texas Medical Center. He is also currently the Chair of the AMA Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) which provides information and recommendations on medical, scientific, and public health issues which are published in their entirety here or in excerpt form for some reports at To read more of Russ Kridel’s comments on important healthcare issues visit




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