DECEMBER 2019 Presidential Message

Dear CSPS Family –

As 2019 winds down, I wanted to touch base with you with some exciting CSPS updates, especially as it pertains to the 2020 CSPS Annual Meeting to be held at the Pendry San Diego on May 22-25, 2020.

Dr. Foad Nahai

2020 CSPS Annual Meeting Invited Speaker – Dr. Foad Nahai
I am  pleased to announce Dr. Foad Nahai will be joining us in San Diego for the 2020 CSPS Annual Meeting as our Brody Lecturer. On Sunday, May 24th, Dr. Nahai will be giving a talk “My 44 Year Plastic Surgery Journey” and sharing his vast experience and knowledge of being a Plastic Surgeon.  He will also join the CSPSERF Lunch Meeting and giving another talk entitled, “Coach, Mentor or Role Model: Is There a Difference?” Lastly, he will also join an expert panel on Facial Rejuvenation scheduled for Monday, May 25th. This is an opportunity you will certainly not want to miss!

2020 CSPS Annual Meeting at the Pendry
For those of you who have not yet made your hotel reservations at the Pendry for the 2020 CSPS Annual Meeting, I strongly encourage you to do so before the hotel sells out. We selected the Pendry not only for its fantastic location, but also because of the many amenities it has to offer.  Make arrangements to bring your families and enjoy the pool, the spa, and the various restaurants on-site. The hotel offers casual dining options such as Provisional Restaurant, elegant restaurants, such as the Lionfish, and also a night club at the Oxford Social Club. The Pendry offers something for everyone’s tastes and it will make for a memorable experience.

Pendry Pool Suite

The Lionfish Restaurant





Click here to make your hotel reservations at the Pendry.

Hot Topics at the 2020 CSPS Annual Meeting
On Saturday, May 24th, we will be kicking off the 2020 Annual Meeting with a Hot Topics Panel to include Ultrasound vs. MRI; Regenerative Medicine from 8:45am – 10:15am. CSPS Member, Dr. Robert Singer will be moderating this panel and it is sure to be of great interest to our Society!

 What Would YOU Like to have at the 2020 CSPS Annual Meeting?
As your CSPS President, I am dedicated to ensuring the Society is offering classes, programs, etc. relevant to your practice and helps to meet your needs. That being said, I wanted to pose a question to you and see if you would be interested in having a Nurse Injection Course offered at the 2020 CSPS Annual Meeting? Or, a course on a different topic, such as Body Contouring or a course for Office Staff? Please provide me with your feedback by sending your suggestions and ideas to  by December 27th.

Remember, this is your meeting and we want to ensure the CSPS meets the educational needs of our Members!

San Diego Plastic Surgery Society Meeting
I recently attended the San Diego Plastic Surgery Society (SDPSS) Annual Holiday party held at the Marine Room, located on the beach in La Jolla. This event was a nice opportunity to catch-up with colleagues and friends and ring in the Holiday Season. The SDPSS keeps our local community in touch with one another and is one of the many benefits of being a Member. The SDPSS is looking forward to welcoming the rest of the State to the 2020 Annual Meeting in San Diego over the Memorial Day weekend.

Mollenkopf Patient Update
Over the past few months, I have been highlighting the Mollenkopf Grant program.The Mollenkopf Breast Reconstruction Fund provides grants of up to $5,000 to assist underinsured or uninsured patients in completing a quality aesthetic breast reconstruction following breast cancer. I wanted to highlight a patient of mine who was a recipient of the Mollenkopf Grant, Candy S. Following is Candy’s story about her jouney with breast cancer:

My name is Candy S. and I’m 59 years old. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2007. It was a very tough journey for me and my family. I had to have chemotherapy and then after radiation. The radiation was the toughest, my skin was so burned by the radiation that it would just peel off. It was so painful. After I had healed and recovered came the reconstruction. I thought I was going to look like a woman again, but I was wrong. The after results were awful. I figured that this was my story of battling breast cancer, thankfully I had my husband who loved me no matter how I looked. I still was uncomfortable undressing in front of him.  But at least I survived.  Well, cancer came back into our lives again but this time it was my husband who had it.  I thought I could help him to get through it; he always looked up to me because I survived so he thought he would too. Boy, we were wrong. My husband only lasted 6 months after being diagnosed and passed away December 4th, 2017. Now, I’m not only going through the pain of losing my husband but also asking myself how I am going to move forward looking like I do. My breast looked like if someone got a knife and just started slicing away. My surgeon, doctor Dr. Cheryl Olsen did an amazing job on my mastectomy.  It was a beautiful cut. It was everything that happened after. Well recently I went for a follow up on my results of my mammogram.  I asked Dr Olsen if she could help me out with my problem with my breast looking so bad. And she recommended me to a doctor that might be able to help me, Dr Scott Barttelbort. An appointment was set up for a free consultation. I was so nervous when I arrived. The whole staff were so nice and understanding.  They made me feel like I was important. I had to explain to the doctor why I thought I needed  this procedure. I explained as well as I could and before I knew I had everyone in tears, even I was crying. When I was approved by the doctor, I jumped for joy. I felt like I’m finally going to feel like a real woman again. Thank God for Dr. Scott Barttelbort.

Dr. Barttelbort, thank you for taking the extra time on me. You took it upon yourself to donate your time and effort on me. I know it was hard work to repair another surgeon’s work, but you did a fantastic and amazing job. I feel beautiful now. You have a heart of gold. Thank you. I also want to thank Dr. Cheryl Olsen for introducing me to Dr. Barttelbort and I want to thank Steve and Susan Mollenkopf for their generous donation for my surgery. I am and was finally blessed.  

Social Media – Instagram Day to Feature our Members
It is great to see what our CSPS Members are up to on social media. Whether it is charitable work for a foundation, presenting at a conference, or being published, I am continually amazed by the professional accomplishments our Members are achieving. With that being said, I would like to invite our Members to share some latest news they would like to have featured with the Society at large via social media. Send us either your Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook post and we may be able to feature you on CSPS Social Media vehicles (pending CSPS Committee Approval). Please send us a direct message via Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook to alert us to your news and please send us an email at so we don’t miss your post!!

Please follow the CSPS on:  Instragram: @californiaplasticsurgeons
Facebook: @California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS)  Twitter: @CSPSOffice

The Relevancy of CSPS – Visit to the Orange County Plastic Surgery Society
In early October 2019, Tim Madden (CSPS Lobbyist), and Dr. Terry Zimmerman (CSPS President Elect) spoke with the Orange County Society of Plastic Surgeons (OCSPS). The talk was an opportunity to inform fellow plastic surgeons of the advocacy work the California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) does on behalf of all California plastic surgeons and their patients. It was also an opportunity to inform fellow colleagues of the numerous benefits of membership in the CSPS. It was also an invitation for all to attend the 2020 CSPS Annual Meeting at the Pendry Hotel in San Diego.

ASPS Regional Fly-Ins in Washington, DC
Registration is now open for the 2020 ASPS Regional Fly-Ins. Join your plastic surgery colleagues in Washington, D.C., and meet with your congressional representatives to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing plastic surgery. The fly-ins are specifically focused on small group meetings with members of Congress to ensure that they hear your solutions to improving the healthcare system for surgeons and patients. The fly-ins are separated into the following groups:

Alabama • Alaska • Arizona • Arkansas • California • Colorado • Florida • Georgia • Hawaii • Idaho • Kentucky • Louisiana • Mississippi • Montana • Nevada • New Mexico • North Carolina • Oklahoma • Oregon • South Carolina • Tennessee • Texas • Utah • Washington • West Virginia • Wyoming

JUNE 10-11, 2020 « WASHINGTON, DC
Connecticut • Delaware • Illinois • Indiana • Iowa • Kansas • Maine • Maryland • Massachusetts • Michigan • Minnesota • Missouri • Nebraska • New Hampshire • New Jersey • New York • North Dakota • Ohio • Pennsylvania • Rhode Island • South Dakota • Vermont • Virginia • Wisconsin

NOTE: Physicians are not restricted to attending only the fly-in that includes their state.

Register at

UCSF 2020 Plastic Surgery Symposium – June 12-13, 2020
The UCSF Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is pleased to present the UCSF 2020 Plastic Surgery Symposium. This scientific program, presented by full-time and clinical faculty, residents, and invited guests, is designed to discuss and focus on the most common areas of plastics surgery highlighting recent advances across the full spectrum of plastic surgery. This year, the program includes a series of in depth talks by our faculty as well as experts in their fields supplemental to the traditional scientific program. The program will examine advances and developments in hand surgery, breast reconstruction, pediatric and craniofacial surgery, wound care, stem cell research, gender affirming surgery, and the educational aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. Ample time has been included for questions and discussion throughout the program. The meeting is being held at the Mission Bay Conference Center in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, near the San Francisco Giants Stadium and next to the new world-class Chase Center: home to a championship team, tremendous culinary scene, engaging retail, and the world’s innovative companies. Click here to download a Save the Date flyer. Please RSVP by sending a message to:

Important Update on Assembly Bill 5 (AB 5) – Employees vs. Independent Contractors
On January 1, 2020, Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) will go into effect and may impact whether your workers are treated as employees or as independent contractors under California law. In 2018, the California Supreme Court adopted “the ABC test” in Dynamex v. Superior Court.  Under the ABC test, a worker is considered an employee, and not an independent contractor, unless the hiring entity can demonstrate that it meets all three of the following requirements:

  1. The individual is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact.
  2. The individual performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business.
  3. The individual is customarily engaged in an independently established, trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed.

AB5 was signed into law to codify – or write into statute – the ABC test from the Dynamex v. Superior Court decision. Under AB 5, the “ABC test” must be used to determine the appropriate classification of workers in most occupations for purposes of the Labor Code, the Unemployment Insurance Code, and Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) wage orders.

The state has launched a new website with information, including Frequently Asked Questions, to help you understand the ABC test, AB 5, and your obligations as an employer. Please visit , which contains information from various state entities, including:

  • The Employment Development Department (EDD), which is your resource for information about your obligations as a taxpayer. EDD has created payroll tax-related resources and is preparing payroll tax seminars to provide guidance for employers.
  • The Department of Industrial Relations – Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE), which is your resource for information about wage and hour laws.
  • The Department of Industrial Relations – Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), which is your resource for more information about workplace health and safety laws.
  • The Department of Industrial Relations – Division of Workers Compensation (DWC), which is your resource for more information on your workers’ compensation obligations.

In closing with my last Presidential message of the year, I would like to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday and best wishes for 2020!!

Yours in Health,

Dr. Scott Barttelbort