The California Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS) is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year. The CSPS is the largest State Plastic Surgery Society in the US with 450 members. It is the third largest American plastic surgery society after the two National Societies: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Every member is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The mission of the California Society of Plastic Surgeons is to:
- Advance the profession of plastic surgery through continuing educational activities
- Advise the public through direct patient education
- Act as patient advocates, protecting the welfare of the people of California with respect to cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery
As part of its mission, the California Society of Plastic Surgeons monitors legislation that effects the practice of medicine, especially as pertains to plastic surgery. To extend its expertise, the CSPS maintains delegates to the California Medical Association (CMA). In 2000, I was the CSPS delegate to the Young Physicians Section, at the California Medical Association’s Annual Meeting held in Reno, Nevada.
The society includes plastic surgeons specializing in both cosmetic plastic surgery and reconstructive plastic surgery. Most members of our state society are also members of the ASPS. Members who specialize in aesthetic (cosmetic) plastic surgery, are often also members of the ASAPS. I am proud to belong to all three groups, each of which promotes the practice of plastic surgery with the highest ethical standards and the foremost professional training and qualifications.