Dear CSPS Family,

Happy New Year!

As we enter 2019, I am thankful the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) certification continues to matter and our patients are safe from deceptive advertising! The largest issue of my presidency has centered around the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery’s (ABCS) third application for equivalency in the eyes of the Medical Board of California (MBC). I am pleased to say, after the MBC’s special board meeting held December 18th, the MBC ruled unanimously the ABCS’ training programs are not equivalent to the training programs of ABMS boards and ABCS members are not legally allowed to advertise themselves as board certified by ABCS in California!  I would like to extend my personal thanks to the Legislative and Advocacy Committees who tirelessly worked countless hours to ensure the value of your ABPS certification is maintained!  It was truly an incredible team effort!  I especially want to thank Steve Teitelbaum, Debra Johnson, and Tim Madden for their tremendous leadership on this issue, culminating in this huge victory, not just for California, but the country! With the meeting held in two sites, our Northern and Southern California Delegations represented our Society well through strong in-person and on-the-phone testimony!  I am particularly proud of, and appreciative of, the significant contributions our residents and fellow made! Special thanks to the leaders of our Northern and Southern California Resident and Fellow Delegations, Katharine Hinchcliff (UC Davis Chief Resident) and Tyler Frew (Loma Linda University PGY 5 Resident)!  We can rest assured the future is bright in their hands!

Below are pictures of CSPS’ two delegations representing Northern & Southern California:

Sacramento Site (pictured left to right) – Suzanne Inchauste (Stanford), Matthew Zeiderman (UCD), Jay Xue (UCD), Katharine Hinchcliff (UCD), Terry Zimmerman, Michael Wong, Charleston Chua (UCD), Doug Free, Sola Fasusi (UCD), Tim Madden.
Not pictured:  Jack Bruner;

Los Angeles site (pictured left to right) – Scott Barttelbort, Jeff Rosenberg, Tyler Frew (Loma Linda), & Geoffrey Keyes.
Not pictured:  Patrick Hermes, Robert Singer, Steve Teitelbaum, and Saba Motakef

Dr. Wong at UCSF – Visiting Professor







I was also reminded of plastic surgery’s bright future through my visit to UCSF last month as CSPS Visiting Professor!  Under the leadership of Division Chief William Hoffman and Program Director Scott Hansen, I was impressed by the resources and facilities of the new Mission Bay Campus that were only exceed by the energy and enthusiasm of the residents and the great diversity and complexity of their cases!

One obvious unique strength is their vast experience in the area of gender affirming surgeries!  The lively discussion and interaction with the residents demonstrated inquisitive minds and a thirst for knowledge, reassuring me that the future of plastic surgery remains bright!

While the Visiting Professor Program is most commonly used by our academic training programs, it is available to any organizations our members are involved in such as local and regional societies as well as health care organizations.  CSPS members Jordan Deschamps-Braly, Alex Wong, and I will be participating in the Kaiser Permanente Annual Plastic Surgery Symposium held at the Avenue of the Arts Hotel in Costa Mesa on February 9, 2019 (click here to view the Save The Date flyer).  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.  This meeting is open to all CSPS members and promises to be a wonderful opportunity to engage with our Kaiser colleagues and encourage more interaction and collaboration with one another.  Click here to register for this symposium.  Kaiser is a huge part of many of our academic training programs and all CSPS residents may attend for free.  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 are fully underway with our Annual Meeting just around the corner, May 30th – June 2nd.  As expected, our Scientific Committee, led by Co-Chairs Amanda Gosman and Rahim Nazerali, has been busy with meeting preparations.  We are extremely pleased to see both the volume and quality of abstracts continue to rise, with new plans to publish this year’s selected abstracts in the May CSPS-Annals of Plastic Surgery supplement.  I am personally excited about several other new planned program additions for new members, residents, and families!  Finally, I am thrilled to welcome everyone back to Sacramento for our 69th Annual Scientific Meeting!  So much has changed since our last meeting here in 2003.  Please click here to view the full video and catch a glimpse of the new Sacramento!  I look forward to personally welcoming you and your families to Sacramento!

Dr. Trent Douglas


Finally, I want to shine this month’s New Member Spotlight on Trent Douglas.  Trent completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia and went on to obtain his medical degree from the Emory University School of Medicine.  He performed his general surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center San Diego before returning to Atlanta to complete his plastic surgery residency at Emory University.  He served as plastic surgeon at the Naval Medical Center San Diego from 2006-2017, being deployed to Afghanistan as well as numerous humanitarian aid missions in South East Asia.  He is now in practice in San Diego at Restore Plastic Surgery.  To learn some more personal and fun facts about Trent, please click here.

With my best wishes for an especially blessed 2019,

Michael S. Wong, MD, FACS

President, California Society of Plastic Surgeons