Dear CSPS Family –

I am truly honored to begin my tenure as the 2019 – 2020 CSPS President.  As I reflect on our Society as a whole, I have seen tremendous growth and development over the past few years and in moving forward over the next year, I want to see this trend continue.  As our specialty continues to evolve and progress, it is of extreme importance that our Society mirrors this and continues to serve our community at large, as well as our individual members.

#CSPS2020 ANNUAL MEETING – MAY 22-25, 2020
A key component to serving our specialty is the CSPS Annual Meeting. This year, I am pleased to announce the 70th Annual Meeting will be hosted at the Pendry San Diego on May 22-25, 2020. Please mark your calendars and join us in May 2020 – as many of you know, the Annual Meeting is a great opportunity to earn your CME hours, plus it is wonderful chance to hear about the latest trends and updates in our specialty and provides a valuable platform to network and reconnect with your colleagues from all across the state. This year’s Annual Meeting will feature some “new components” which should prove to be very exciting and innovative (more to follow on this as the Committee continues to strategize and plan over the coming months). San Diego is a wonderful place to visit, so plan on bringing your family and take the time to visit some of the great local attractions San Diego has to offer. The CSPS has reserved a special room block at The Pendry, make your reservation today; click here to make an online reservation or by phone at (619) 738-7000 and use group name “CSPS2020” to take advantage of the special negotiated room rate.

The Pendry San Diego

I had to opportunity to attend the San Diego Plastic Surgery Meeting on June 19th.  I was pleased to see the CSPS well represented at the San Diego meeting with Drs James Chao, Steven Cohen, Trent Douglas, Amanda Gosman, Ahmed Suliman, and “yours truly”, in attendance.




There was a definite buzz at the San Diego meeting and the primary discussion taking place was the excitement of San Diego hosting the #CSPS2020 Annual Meeting. I strongly feel with the support of the San Diego Plastic Surgery community, this 70th CSPS Annual Meeting will be one of the best meetings ever – definitely one for the books!


Dr. Michael Wong

Dr. Michael Wong our immediate Past-President, attended this year’s ASPS Advocacy Summit June 17-19 in Washington, DC as an invited speaker, sharing about the CSPS experience with the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) and the Medical Board of California (MBC) in a panel addressing The Integrity of Board Certification Advertising.  Other participants on the panel included Dr. Jules Walters, President-Elect of the Louisana Society of Plastic Surgeons; Dr. Thomas Sterry, President-Elect for the New York State Society of Plastic Surgeons; and Dr. Kristin Schleiter, the Vice President of Policy, Government Relations and Strategic Engagement from the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).  A great discussion was moderated by Patrick Hermes, the ASPS Director of Advocacy and Government Relations, including many interested audience participants from other states facing similar issues with the ABCS and others who continue to advertise themselves as certified by non-accredited or equivalent boards.

As part of #ASPSsummit19, Dr. Michael Wong led the California-West Virginia Delegation comprised of CSPS member Dr. Joshua Korman, Stanford Troxel Fellow Dr. Travis Miller, and West Virginia Society of Plastic Surgeons President Dr. Tom McClellan.  They visited the offices of California Congresswoman Doris Matsui and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris, as well as West Virginia Senators Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin along with Congressman David McKinley. Delegations from across the country advocated in support for the following issues:

  • Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act would require individual and group health insurance plans to cover all medically necessary service as a result of congenital anomalies, including the often neglected dental and orthodontic coverage needed to complete the care of many craniofacial patients.
  • Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act begins to address the resident shortage by funding 3000 residency positions annually for 5 years with 50% of the new GME positions being used for primary care and the other 50% for specialty residency programs such as plastic surgery.
  • The Accessible Care by Curbing Excessive Lawsuits (ACCESS) Act – tort reform already seen in CA with MICRA and WV on a national level encouraging support for.
  • Unanticipated Medical Bills and Bans on Balance Billing advocating for the end of this & policies that remove patients from billing disputes for out-of-network (OON) emergency care through an automatic assignment of benefits to the treating physician, ensuring patient choice by permitting patients to knowingly select non-urgent OON care, and establishing minimum benefits standard for OON services based on billed charges that reflect the market value of services as well as a mechanism to challenge inadequate insurance carrier payments.


I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great work our members are doing on behalf of our patients. ConnectMed International, a San Diego non-profit led by President Amanda Gosman, MD, believes all individuals affected by craniofacial differences, burns and disfiguring injuries deserve comprehensive medical care regardless of where they live or their financial means. ConnectMed supports full service care for individuals with these conditions in underserved communities around the world through training of their local healthcare professionals as well as collaborative team care. ConnectMed will host their 2nd Annual Camp Cosmos, Southern California’s only therapeutic and recreational day camp for children with craniofacial differences and their families on Saturday, July 27th from 9am – 2pm at Dan McKinney YMCA in La Jolla. With support of organizations like the Children’s Craniofacial Association, Camp Cosmos’ goal is to provide a joyful, relaxing day for patients and their families in a setting that fosters self-esteem, bonding and community-building.  As most of the children will have several reconstructive surgeries throughout their lives, the goal is to build relationships and trust between Camp participants and their treatment teams outside of the hospital setting that makes future and even past surgical intervention and hospital stays less traumatic.

ConnectMed offers the camp free of cost to all participants and Spanish language friendly, with therapeutic activities facilitated by licensed Children’s and Family Therapists.  To learn more, donate, and/or volunteer, please visit: 2019 Camp Cosmos or Click Here to Download the 2019 Camp Cosmos Flyer.

As of June 1st, 2019 the CSPS officially voted in the following New Members to the Society:  Dr. Paige Fox (Palo Alto), Dr. Ziyad S. Hammoudeh (Marina Del Rey),
Dr. James Kim (Sacramento), Dr. Aaron M. Kosins (Irvine), Dr. Samuel H. Lance (San Diego), Dr. Clifford T. Pereira (Sacramento), Dr. James H. Rosing (Newport Beach), Dr. Kyle R. Song (Irvine), Dr. John R. Talley (Palo Alto), & Dr. Josh Waltzman (Long Beach).

In keeping with the tradition of last year, we will be shining a “New Member Spotlight” of our new members over the coming months. We will feature each new member on our website, sharing about themselves and how CSPS is important to them. Be on the look-out for social posts and links to our webpage and remember to like us on Facebook (California Society of Plastic Surgeons), and follow us on Instagram (@californiaplasticsurgeons) and Twitter (@cspsoffice).

The #CSPS2019 Annual Meeting in Sacramento was a huge success and I definitely want to build off of the momentum of this Meeting to make the #CSPS2020 Annual Meeting in San Diego to be on one of the best ever! I wanted to take a moment to give a short summary of what took place in Sacramento and what made it so special.  First and foremost, it was under the leadership of Dr. Michael Wong that made this Annual Meeting such a success; Dr. Wong was involved with the planning of the Annual Meeting ranging from helping to develop the Scientific Program down to the smallest details such as designing specialty CSPS ties and scarves that are available to our members. The tireless dedication and energy that Dr. Wong poured into the planning of the #CSPS2019 Annual Meeting was extraordinary and it showed. Following are some highlights from the Scientific Program:

Nerve Preservation and Grafting for Sensory Innervation Following Immediate Implant Breast Reconstruction

Anne W. Peled, MD and Ziv M. Peled, MD

Applied Deep Learning in Plastic Surgery: Classifying Rhinoplasty with a Mobile App (UC Irvine)
Emily Borsting, MD, Robert DeSimone, BSc, Mustafa Ascha, MS, and Mona Ascha, MD

UC San Diego – Team Members:  Adam Hauch, MD,  Sun Hsieh, MD, and Jiwon Sarah Crowley, MD

Participants attending the #CSPS2019 Annual Meeting were also able to listen to expert speakers share their knowledge on the following panels: Blepharoplasty, latest on Stem Cell Therapy, Buttock Aesthetics & Safety: Key Concepts, Breast Implants including information from the recent FDA hearings, and the Business of Plastic Surgery. There were also amazing instructional courses offered including Social Media in your Practice: Boom or Bust, ACLS/CPR, and Rhinoplasty with Dr. Rod J. Rohrich. It was an extremely robust program, highlighted with fun social events and receptions.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your CSPS President!

Best regards,

Scott W. Barttelbort, MD
President – California Society of Plastic Surgeons