Dear CSPS Family,

Gung Hay Fat Choy (Cantonese)! Or Gong Xi Fa Cai (Mandarin)!  Translation:  Happy Chinese New Year!  It is the Year of the Boar!

The Chinese Zodiac is based on a twelve-year cycle, with each year related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. It is calculated according to Chinese lunar calendar.  2019 is the Year of the Pig or Boar, starting February 5, 2019. People born the Year of the Boar are thought to be warm-hearted, good-tempered, loyal, honest, and gentle.  Their shortcomings at times include being naïve, gullible, sluggish, and short-tempered.  Each animal has it’s yin and yang.  What animal are you?  What characteristics do these animals have?  Check it out by clicking here and see if you agree.

After ringing in 2019, I had the fun opportunity to share with my Sacramento Plastic Surgery Family, the Greater Sacramento Society of Plastic Surgeons (GSSPS), led by our very own President Lynne Hackert!

CSPS Member Lynne Hackert, MD

It was great to be able to personally update all about the important decision of the Medical Board of California (MBC), who unanimously declared the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery not equivalent to American Board of Medical Specialty (ABMS) boards, thus denying ABCS the right to legally advertise as “board certified.”  I also had a chance to share and to thank so many of them who supported, encouraged, and mentored me on my Journey to the CSPS Presidency.  Again, I continue to be honored and humbled to be serving in this capacity this year.

Dr. Wong speaking February 9th at the Plastic Surgery Symposium

While the Visiting Professor Program continues to be used most commonly by our academic training programs, it is available to any organizations our members are involved in such as local and regional societies like the GSSPS as well as health care organizations such as Kaiser.  I am looking forward to joining other CSPS members Jordan Deschamps-Braly and Alex Wong for the Kaiser Permanente Annual Plastic Surgery Symposium held at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa on February 9, 2019.  There is still time to sign up – click here for more information. Topics to be covered include:  Global Health and PRS, Transgender Surgery at Kaiser SCPMG, Tops Surgery and Facial Feminization for Transgender Patients, Advances in and the future of Microsurgery, Post-Bariatric Body Contouring, and Challenges of Resident Education.  Again, this meeting is open to all CSPS members, promising to be a wonderful opportunity to engage with our Kaiser colleagues and encouraging more interaction and collaboration with one another.  Kaiser is a huge part of many of our academic training programs and they have generously made this symposia free for all CSPS residents to attend.  Again, if you would like me to come out for a visit, please complete the CSPS Visiting Professor Request Form (click here) and the CSPS Executive Office will help coordinate my visit.

Preparations continue with our CSPS Annual Meeting just around the corner, May 30th – June 2nd.  Our Scientific Committee and Co-Chairs Amanda Gosman and Rahim Nazerali have been busy with meeting planning.  With a banner year for quality abstracts, this scientific meeting promises to be phenomenal!  Our special programs for new members, residents, and families promise to be welcome additions!  Finally, I am super excited to welcome everyone back to Sacramento for our 69th Annual Scientific Meeting!  If you missed our Sacramento promotional video, please click here to catch a glimpse of the new Sacramento!  The 69th CSPS Annual Meeting will be held at the Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel & Sacramento Convention Center. You can book you hotel room online and take advantage of our special negotiated room rate of just $195++ per night. Take advantage and click here to book your room online. My Sacramento Plastic Surgery Family and I look forward to personally welcoming you and your families to Sacramento!

Dr. Thomas Satterwhite

Finally, I want to shine this month’s New Member Spotlight on Thomas Satterwhite.  Thomas is a Stanford University alum times three having completed his bachelor’s degree, his medical degree, and his plastic surgery residency all at Stanford.  He went onto complete a craniofacial fellowship at the University of Miami under the direction of Anthony Wolfe and ultimately returned to San Francisco focusing on all aspects of gender confirmation surgery. He recently joined Dr. Curtis Crane to provide comprehensive care to the transgender and LGBT community.  To learn some more personal and fun facts about Thomas, please click here.

Best wishes to you and your families for an especially blessed Year of the Boar,

Michael S. Wong, MD, FACS

President, California Society of Plastic Surgeons