The Face Foundation - Houston, TX

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"Sometimes it takes the helping hands of others to wipe away the past and bring a fresh face to life.."
- Dr. Russell Kridel


In 1995, Houston facial plastic surgeon, Russell W. H. Kridel, MD, established The Face Foundation charitable program. Through the Face Foundation, Dr. Kridel and Dr. Delaney provide 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.

Sadly, the results of head and neck injuries can be a daily reminder to survivors of domestic violence. Having witnessed the traumatic and disfiguring head and neck injuries of countless victims of domestic violence throughout his career, Dr. Kridel wanted to provide an avenue for survivors without the financial means to obtain quality facial plastic surgery assistance to help them regain a sense of inner and outer beauty.

The Face Foundation also provides education and training in facial plastic surgery and helps organize workshops to educate other physicians, publish articles to educate the public and fund research. Surgery on battered women participating in The Face Foundation program is done in conjunction with a program sponsored by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) and the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) and its Face To Face program. Through The Face Foundation, Dr. Kridel provides his services at no charge. In addition, some hospitals also donate resources such as operating rooms, nursing staff time and supplies and the services of an anesthesiologist. The total average benefit to each patient is often in excess of $10,000.


  • A woman is battered every 12 seconds in the United States.
  • An average of three women in America die as a result of domestic violence each day
  • One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.
  • Nearly three out of four (74%) of Americans personally know someone who is or has been a victim of domestic violence.
  • More women are injured by their partners than by rape, auto accidents and muggings combined.
  • 37% of women who sought treatment in emergency rooms for violence-related injuries in 1994 were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.


  • Women, men, and children who are survivors of domestic violence
  • Survivors are out of the abusive situation
  • An individual’s injuries must be on the head, face, or neck
  • Survivors are receiving help and are connected with a local domestic violence program
  • Survivors must first be screened by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence program (800) 799-7233


The Face Foundation depends on kind and generous people like you to make a difference. Although surgeons provide their time and expertise at no cost, funds are still needed for anesthesia, supplies, recovery facilities, prescription drugs, dressings and incidentals, charges not donated by the hospital and staff coordination.

The Face Foundation is a non-profit organization. It is exempt from Federal Income Tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Therefore, all donations qualify as charitable contributions for tax purposes.

Your gift now will help change the lives of survivors of domestic violence in the Houston community who are The Face Foundation recipients.

Please mail contributions to:

The Face Foundation

655 Travis, Suite 900

Houston, TX 77030


Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and email address along with the check. The Face Foundation will email your receipt.

Thank you in advance for your kindness.


Houston Area Women’s Center


National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline

800/799-SAFE (7233)

Face To Face