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The Top News, Big Initiatives and the Major Challenges and Opportunities of 2014
2014 was a year of firsts. For the first time, sleeve gastrectomy became the most popular method of bariatric surgery, exceeding the number of gastric bypass operations by nearly 10 percent. This came during a year that saw the nationís first summit on obesity care with bariatric surgery as its focus, the naming of the ASMBS to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates, the first official appointment of an ASMBS representative to the AMA CPT Advisory Committee as a primary CPT advisor, and new recognition and acceptance of metabolic and bariatric surgery as one of the safest operations in America...

Top 10 Stories in Obesity and Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
Obesity and metabolic and bariatric surgery were hot topics for the media in 2014. There was a big focus on the curative powers of metabolic surgery as new studies emerged demonstrating great success in treating type 2 diabetes in both the short- and long-term. Patient access to bariatric surgery was the subject of a major global news story from the Associated Press. The article raised the issue that despite its high safety and effectiveness, relative few patients get the surgery...

The Week that Was ObesityWeek2014
For the second straight year, ObesityWeek broke attendance records for an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) annual meeting. More than 5,200 surgeons, nurses, clinicians, policymakers, integrated health professionals, scientists, researchers and news media gathered in Boston for the event that included over 1,500 scientific presentations, continuing medical education courses, live surgery telecasts, symposia and public policy forums...