Russell Kridel MD Chair of AMA Council on Science and Public Health attended the 2013 Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates held at the Gaylord Convention Center in National Harbor, MD.
Always an activist for excellence in health care delivery, Dr. Kridel believes better health care for patients comes, in part, from physician’s dedication to developing medical advancements at all levels — from research to patient care. He also believes physicians should play a leadership position in health care reform.
Elected by surgeons from his own specialty, as well as, physicians across all disciplines, to numerous leadership positions, Dr. Kridel is a member of the AMA House of Delegates (the principal policy-making body of the American Medical Association) and is currently the Chair of AMA Council on Science and Public Health.
The AMA Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) provides information and recommendations on medical, scientific, and public health issues. Summaries and recommendations of all CSAPH reports are available to the public. In addition, Dr. Kridel’s blog, scienceandyourhealth.com, provides answers to patient questions about health care issues from the CSAPH reports.
During the AMA Interim meeting, Dr. Russell Kridel had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Ben Carson, Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Carson has recently been in the media limelight following his rousing speech at the National Prayer Meeting Breakfast in February, which touched upon several critical national issues, including the importance of doctors having a voice in the health care debate. His speech can be viewed here in two parts: Part 1 and Part 2.
Dr. Kridel commitment to his profession and to the highest standards of health care is also evidenced by his current position as President of the Harris County Medical Society. In this role, he has written numerous editorials on topics such as, physicians as trusted leaders, sustainable growth rate (SGR), personal responsibility, Affordable Care Act (ACA), accountable care organizations (ACO) and government regulation of the medical profession.
Dr. Russell Kridel is a Houston-based Facial Plastic Surgeon in private practice in the Texas Medical Center.
Read his most recent editorial — President’s Page in the November 1, 2013 issue of the HCMS Physician’s Newsletter.