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The Fellowship Program - Houston, TX


In his ongoing commitment to the specialty and to improving quality patient care, Dr. Kridel is a Fellowship Director for the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) Fellowship Program.

The AAFPRS Fellowship Program is considered the best post-graduate program in the world for training facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons and is widely respected by the medical community at large. Through this program, surgeons refine their surgical techniques and develop new skills and specialized knowledge in facial plastic surgery.

Dr. Kridel’s Fellowship Program is one of just 49 sanctioned programs across the United States and Canada and one of only two programs in Texas. Based on his reputation for superior surgical skills and innovative techniques, a fellowship with Dr. Kridel is one of the most sought after by the best and the brightest physicians that have graduated at the top of their respective medical training programs. He receives over 25 applicants each year from around the country just for the one position.

Dr. Kridel’s Fellows include:

Fred Aguilar M.D., Kenneth Buchwach M.D., Ed Szachowicz , M.D., Kevin Shumrick M.D., Richard Price M.D., Larry Marcus M.D., J. Raymond Konoir M.D., J.D. Gonzales M.D., Fred Bressler M.D., Bernard Pacella M.D., Hossam Foda M.D., Bruce Scott M.D., Suzanne Yee M.D., Kevin Lunde M.D., Leonard Covello M.D., Paul Evangelisti M.D., Paul Kelly M.D., Ali Rezaee M.D., Kevin Cavanaugh M.D., Edmund Liu M.D., Michel Siegel M.D., Lee Klausner M.D., Peyman Soliemanzadeh M.D., Robert Chiu M.D., Edward Kwak M.D., Dominic Castellano M.D., Matthew Bridges M.D., Anand Patel M.D., Samir Undavia M.D., Angela Sturm M.D., David Burstein M.D., Eric Yavrouian M.D., Christian Conderman M.D., Jeffrey Watson M.D., Sagar Patel M.D., Sean Delaney M.D. and Neela Rao M.D.

Dr. Kridel and the Fellows have performed a tremendous service to the specialty through the research, development and dissemination of new procedures, improvement of patient care and the refinement of surgical techniques in facial plastic surgery.

Current Fellow

2020-2021 FPSA Fellow
Dr. Claire Melancon

Clelie “Claire” Melancon, M.D., has joined the Facial Plastic Surgery Associates team through the esteemed fellowship led by Dr. Kridel and seeks to advance her training in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery under the guidance of Dr. Kridel.

Education & Training

Dr. Melancon completed her undergraduate education at Louisiana State University and medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. She then completed her residency in 2019 in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Over the last year, while her husband finished residency, she served as a General Otolaryngologist at the Veterans Hospital in Salisbury, North Carolina, while remaining as adjunct faculty with the Department of Otolaryngology at Wake Forest. Dr. Melancon has also published numerous articles on surgical issues of the head and neck and has continued her active involvement in scientific research.

Awards & Recognitions

Dr. Melancon was awarded several academic merit scholarships in both undergraduate and medical school. During residency, her research was selected for podium presentations at several conferences, including for the American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgery.


Dr. Melancon has participated in medical missions throughout the course of her life, including serving at a medical clinic in rural Honduras for 6 months prior to medical school. Throughout residency, she participated in several mission trips to the Dominican Republic, where general ENT and facial plastic surgery procedures were performed, including cleft lip and palate surgeries. As a member of the Junior League of Winston Salem, she served as the medical committee chair for Strong Women Strong Families, which was a public health initiative to underserved populations in the area. Dr. Melancon is also an accomplished artist with emphasis on acrylic and watercolor.

Dr. Russell Kridel's Commitment

Dr. Kridel discusses his commitment to teaching and the prestigious Fellowship Program