March 2019 Presidential Message

Dear CSPS Family,

(L-R) Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD, Melissa Poh, MD,  Andrew Wexler, MD, Cori Agarwal, MD, Alex Wong, MD, Sissy Tan, MD, Dong-Joon Lee, MD  & Michael Wong, MD

It was great to serve as Society Visiting Professor and be a part of the faculty for the Kaiser Permanente Plastic Surgery Symposium in Costa Mesa February 9, 2019!  I learned a great deal from talks on global health from a surgical perspective, the future of microsurgery and gender affirming surgeries that included chest reconstruction, facial feminization, and feminizing vaginoplasties.  Kaiser plays such a huge role in the care of plastic surgery patients in California as well as an integral role in the education of many of our residents.  I was pleased to be able to talk about New Challenges in Plastic Surgery Residency Education resulting from the change from the traditional Independent track to the Integrated track and the effect of Duty Hour Regulations.

Dr. Winnie Tong

I am truly appreciative of the invitation brokered by our Kaiser Liaison to the Council, Winnie Tong, MD, who joined the symposium along with other CSPS member and Kaiser physician Tina Smith, MD (see our Member Spotlight below).  It was super to be able to participate in this fantastic meeting and to be able to share about the wonderful things CSPS is doing.  In addition, I was able to personally invite and encourage greater participation by Kaiser plastic surgeons in our Society.  If you have Kaiser colleagues who are not members, please invite them to join!  We will waive their application fee and invite them to join our Sacramento meeting for free!  I was also pleased to have CSPS members Jordan Deschamps-Braly, MD and Alex Wong, MD, representing our Society along with me, sharing about facial feminization and the future of microsurgery, respectively.  My hope is that this is the beginning of continued collaboration and cross fertilization among CSPS and Kaiser members.  I also hope to see many Kaiser plastic surgeons at our next meeting in Sacramento.

(l-r) Dr. Jordan Deschamps-Braly, Dr. Michael Wong, and Dr. Alex Wong

UCSF’s 2019 National Transgender Health Summit

After my visit to UCSF in December, it was clear to me that they are positioned to be leaders in the area of gender affirming surgeries.  In line with this, our UCSF colleagues are leading a pre-summit surgeon conference on Friday April 12, as part of the 2019 National Transgender Health Summit held April 13-14.  Led by CSPS members Esther Kim, MD, and William Hoffman, MD, they will be discussing pearls and pitfalls as well as sharing difficult cases of gender affirmation surgeries including masculinizing chest surgery, feminizing augmentation mammoplasty, facial feminization surgery, vaginoplasty and phalloplasty.  Other notable faculty include CSPS Kaiser Liaison Winnie Tong, MD, as well as other Kaiser surgeons Ali Salim, MD (San Francisco), Melissa Poh, MD (West Los Angeles) and Kaiser Symposium faculty Cori Agarwal, MD from Utah.  If you would like to learn more about this growing area within our specialty, please attend UCSF’s pre-summit surgeon conference.  For more information, follow the link

69th CSPS Annual Meeting May 30-June  2, 2019

The Scientific Committee is deep into the planning of our 69th Annual Meeting under the leadership of co-chairs Amanda Gosman, MD and Rahim Nazerali, MD.  Based on our member Needs Assessment, we are designing this year’s program to address the business of plastic surgery, fat grafting, stem cell and regenerative medicine, breast implant issues, and blepharoplasty.  Our Brody Lecture will feature Rod Rohrich, MD, and other Society leaders will also be participating in our program including Charles Thorne, MD (ASAPS President-Elect) and Daniel Del Vecchio, MD (ASAPS Visiting Professor).

We are also excited about all the activities available for our members and their families over the May 30th – June 2nd meeting weekend.  Our second video highlights some of the fun family activities, featuring several of my residents (Michael Mirmanesh, MD, Heath Charvet, MD, & Ping Song, MD) and their families enjoying some of what Sacramento has to offer click here to view video.  My Sacramento Plastic Surgery Family and I look forward to personally welcoming you and your families to Sacramento!

Upcoming FDA Public Hearings on Breast Implants March 25th-26th

In line with our planned programming on breast implants in augmentation and reconstruction, I want to keep all informed about the up-and-coming FDA hearings on breast implants planned for March 25th-26th.  In response to more than 21,000 women concerned about breast implant safety signing an online petition requesting such a public hearing, the FDA will hear public opinion on seven issues related to breast implants:  1) breast implant associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL), 2) systemic symptoms reported in patients receiving breast implants, 3) use of registries for breast implant surveillance, 4) MRI screenings for silent rupture in silicone breast implants, 5) use of surgical mesh in breast procedures , 6) use of real world data and patient perspectives in regulatory decision making, and 7) best practices for informed consent discussions between patients and physicians.  ASAPS FDA Breast Implant Co-Chairs William Adams, Laurie Casas, and Mindy Haws are coordinating testimony on these seven issues.  Past-CSPS President Steven Teitelbaum has submitted a request to be included among those providing testimony.  For more information on this, click here to visit the FDA webpage.  For webcast information of the hearings, click here to the FDA webpage.

2019 Women Plastic Surgeons (WPS) Enrichment Retreat

2019 WPS Retreat in Atlanta, Georgia

As always, I want to show off the many ways that our CSPS members contribute to the betterment of plastic surgery.  Did you know that only one in five plastic surgeons nationwide are women? Last month, a record number attended the 2019 Women Plastic Surgeons (WPS) Enrichment Retreat held in Atlanta, Georgia, co-hosted by San Diego CSPS Member and Vice Chair of WPS Katerina Gallus, MD.  The objective of the annual retreat was for women plastic surgeons from all over the United States and Canada to come together and learn about hot topics in plastic surgery such as resilience, wellness and OR ergonomics.  This networking and educational opportunity is held annually and was well attended by our California members Tiffany Grunwald, MD, and Karen Horton, MD, as well a scholarship sponsored resident from USC, Kerry-Ann Mitchell, MD. The keynote lecture delivered by Linda Brubacker, MD, UCSD Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive services Professor, was on Professional Wellness: Thriving when others are Burning Out.  Please join Katerina, Tiffany, Karen and other members of CSPS attending next year’s WPS meeting in Nashville!

CSPS Member Spotlight – Dr. Tina Smith

Dr. Tina Smith

Finally, in this month’s Member Spotlight, I want to highlight a plastic surgeon who was influential in my early interest in plastic surgery.  Trained at Stanford in plastic surgery, Tina Smith, MD, has lived, studied, and worked in many parts of the world.  I had the pleasure of meeting Tina at Kaiser Walnut Creek when I was a resident in general surgery at the UCD East Bay program in the 1990s.  Click here to learn some more fun factoids about Tina.



Michael S. Wong, MD, FACS
President, California Society of Plastic Surgeons