Dear CSPS Family –

It is hard to believe September is here and autumn is right around the corner. I wanted to take a moment and share with you some recent activities that I have been doing in my role as CSPS President along with important and timely updates.

The Mollenkopf Breast Reconstruction Grant
First and foremost, I wanted to share information with you regarding a program that I am very passionate about – The Mollenkopf Breast Reconstruction Grant.  Susan Mollenkopf is a former patient of mine who is a breast cancer survivor and underwent breast reconstruction.  She understood first hand the impact of reconstructive breast surgery.  While on her journey, she learned that some patients’ financial challenges kept them from completing their reconstruction. Knowing the importance of reconstruction, Susan and her husband Steve established the Mollenkopf Breast Reconstruction Fund. In addition to the Mollenkopf’s generous donations, matching funds were donated by the Qualcomm Foundation.  To date, there are more than 60 Mollenkopf Fund grants of up to $5,000 each available.  The grants were originally established for patient of ASAPS/ASERF members in San Diego, however, they have been expanded to include patients of CSPS members throughout the entire state of California.

This is a wonderful opportunity for CSPS and its breast reconstruction patients throughout the state. If you have patient who might benefit from a Mollenkopf Grant, click here for more information and to apply.

Visiting Professor

Dr. Barttelbort’s (center) trip to Sacramento to meet with the residents and faculty of the UCD Plastic Surgery Department

I recently had the honor of traveling to UC Davis as CSPS Visiting Professor and had the opportunity to spend time with the Residents. The Resident experience in this program is truly exceptional. I was impressed by the Residents analytical skills and quality of their surgical results. They have a superb faculty and facilities. Dr Michael Wong, our immediate past president, has created a cohesive, demanding program and the residents are being prepared for successful careers both in private practice and academic medicine. I thank them all for the warm greeting and for their support for CSPS.

While the Visiting Professor Program is primarily utilized by our academic training programs, it is available to any other organizations our members are involved in such as local and regional societies, as well as healthcare organizations. If you would like to schedule a time for me to come for a visit, please complete the CSPS Visiting Professor Request Form (click here) and the CSPS Executive Office will help coordinate my visit. The two talks I have tailored for my Visiting Professor excursions are the following: 1) “Your First Facelift – Are you Ready?” and 2) “Revisional Breast Surgery – New Trends”.  I am available to attend Grand Rounds, Meeting with Residents – please note this on the CSPS Visiting Professor Request Form and we will plan accordingly. It is a wonderful opportunity and privilege for me to meet with the inspiring Program Directors and the Residents who will be our future leaders!

CSPS Membership Dues
It is that time of year again and I wanted to send out a reminder that your CSPS Membership Dues for 2019-2020 are due!  You should have received your Dues notice via postal mail; the important work the Society does and the coordination and planning of the CSPS Annual Meeting is dependent on your Dues, therefore please be prompt and pay on time. Deadline to pay is September 30th – payment made after the Due Date is subject to a $50 late fee.

You may pay your dues online (along with voluntary PAC and CSPSERF contributions).  To pay online, click on the yellow “Renew your Membership Dues” button above and follow the steps to pay online. This will also give you a chance to review and update your contact & profile information. If you have forgotten your login information or did not yet receive your Dues notice, please contact the Executive Office at (510) 243-1662 or email: cspsoffice@att.net

If you wish to pay by check, you may do so by mailing it to:

CSPS Executive Office
4269 Valley View Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803

#CSPS2020 Strategic Planning
An important project that I wanted to tackle during my time as CSPS President is to explore some crucial issues that I believe are imperative to the future of our Society. I want to explore key questions – what keeps our members engaged, how do we recruit new members, and how can we continue to improve on our CSPS Annual Meeting to better serve our constituency? I had the opportunity earlier this month to pull together key leaders within our Society to help brainstorm and strategize the future of the CSPS. As it is still early after the meeting and we, the Strategic Planning Committee, are still pulling together our ideas and determine how to implement some of the changes we want to make and streamline existing processes. However, I wanted to share that changes and improvements are “on the horizon” and I am excited with the prospect of sharing these with you over the course of the next few months. Please keep in contact by checking the CSPS website for the latest news!

CSPS New Member Spotlight – Dr. Samuel Lance
This month, I am very excited to shine the CSPS New Member on Dr. Samuel Lance. Dr. Lance completed fellowship training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and residency training in general surgery and plastic surgery at UC Davis School of Medicine. He received his medical degree from University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is a member of several professional medical organizations, including the American Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Association.  Click here to read more fun and interesting facts about Dr. Lance!

Thank you all for your time and participation in our Society.  If you are interested in becoming more involved, serving on a Committee, etc. please let me know. We always welcome our members to become involved and help make our Society stronger to best serve our State-wide community and continue to advance our specialty!

Yours in health,

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