Dear Plastic Surgery Family,
It was my honor and privilege to join a delegation from the CSPS representing our state at the ASPS Advocacy Summit held June 26-28, 2018. It was a wonderful experience learning from our Society’s most seasoned and active advocate, Deb Johnson, Past-President of ASPS and CSPS, as she led our California Delegation on Capitol Hill. Terry Zimmerman, CSPS PAC President and CSPS Vice-President, and Danielle Rochlin, Stanford Plastic Surgery Resident and Health Policy Fellow, rounded out our team. We were able to actively engage our national representatives at the Capitol, championing on behalf of our patients, our members, and specialty. It was a special pleasure to be able to sit with our California Congresswomen, Anna Eshoo and Doris Matsui, both friends of patients and plastic surgeons. We were also able to personally thank Congresswoman Eshoo for her role in supporting the Breast Cancer Patient Education Act and hear her regale all that was required to ultimately get it passed in 2015. The highlight came in our meeting with Congresswoman Matsui who agreed to become an Original Cosponsor of our Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act that provides coverage for reconstructive surgeries deemed medically necessary as a result of congenital anomalies, something that California has had the benefit of for over 20 years. To learn more about the issues we brought to the Capitol, please click here.
As promised, I want to highlight some of the great work our members are doing on behalf of our patients. This month, ConnectMed International, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to bringing gold standard healthcare to underserved parts of the world, will host Camp Cosmos, the county’s first free therapeutic and recreational day camp for children with craniofacial differences and their families on Sunday, July 22. Camp Cosmos aims to foster joy and self-confidence, and build relationships among kids, families and local care providers in the Southern California craniofacial communities. “Camp Cosmos was designed for families to come together and connect with their peers in a fun, safe environment where they can feel comfortable and confident in their own skin,” said ConnectMed President Dr. Amanda Gosman and interim Chief of UCSD Plastic Surgery. ConnectMed is currently seeking volunteers and sponsors for Camp Cosmos. For more information about this event or to make a donation, click here.
I also want to highlight our New Member Spotlight, being the first to welcome Dr. Anne Peled and introducing her to our Society. Anne completed her Plastic Surgery Residency training as well as a Breast Surgical Oncology and Microsurgical Fellowship at UCSF. She is now in private practice in San Francisco specializing in breast, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery and serves as Clinical Faculty at UCSF. To learn more fun facts about Anne, including what things she can’t operate without, click here.
Finally, if you have activities, events or programs that you think our Society and patients should know about, please reach out to our Office. Let us see how we might lend our assistance.
In your service,
Michael S. Wong, MD
President, California Society of Plastic Surgeons