Published in August 2014 Issue             

Dr. Robert Brolin 2014 Recipient of ASMBS Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award

Robert Brolin, MD

The ASMBS Foundation announced the “2014 Outstanding Achievement Award” recipient will be Robert Brolin, MD, Co-Director of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Each year the Foundation honors an ASMBS member who has displayed a selfless commitment to the ASMBS and has made significant contributions to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Brolin served as President of the ASMBS from 2000-2001 and was a member of the Executive Council for more than 10 years. With more than 33 years of experience, Dr. Brolin is considered one of the nation’s leaders in the field and has performed more than 3,200 bariatric procedures. The award will be presented at the 2nd annual ASMBS Foundation L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon on Monday, November 3rd, during ObesityWeek 2014. During this year’s ceremony, the ASMBS will also present the 2014 Circle of Excellence Award, ASMBS Research Grant Award, ASMBS Best Video Award and more.

Submit You Nominations for the ASMBS Foundation’s New “Patient Safety and Quality Award in Bariatric Surgery”

The ASMBS Foundation is now accepting nominations for its new “Patient Safety and Quality Award in Bariatric Surgery.” The award will recognize the achievements of professionals in bariatric surgery who promote quality health care and patient safety. Nominees should display dedication to improving the quality of bariatric care and leadership in advancing methods for measuring and reporting quality. Both individuals and bariatric surgery teams are eligible for nomination. To be nominated an individual must be a member of ASMBS and organizations must have been accredited by MBSAQIP. Click here for more information and to learn how you can submit a nomination. Submissions are due by August 29, 2014.

Check Out the ASMBS Pre-Conference Courses and Kickstart Your Education at ObesityWeek 2014

Registration for the ASMBS ObesityWeek 2014 pre-conference courses is available. Courses will be held on Nov. 2 - 3 and will cover a range of topics including “Sleeve Gastrectomy: Difficult Patients, Difficult Situations,” which will provide attendees with the essential knowledge needed to manage all perioperative aspects of these patients. A video session titled, “How I Do It” will provide insights into cutting edge and novel approaches to metabolic and bariatric surgery. Faculty from around the world will present videos with an invited discussion from a panel of experts in the field. Registration information for all ObesityWeek 2014 pre-conference courses is available here.

Institute of Medicine Report Calls for Increase in Nation’s Clinical Workforce Capacity

In a report titled, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation’s Health Needs, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) provided recommendations for improving the graduate medical education (GME) system, specifically noting a “need to increase the capacity of the nation’s clinical workforce to ensure the delivery of high quality health care that will meet the needs of our diverse population.” The Surgical Coalition, representing more than 20 professional societies, including ASMBS, and approximately 250,000 surgeons and anesthesiologists, commented on the recommendations in a release, noting that the country faces a severe physician workforce shortage, which will have a number of consequences that jeopardize patient access to surgical care. The organization is urging Congress to bolster the U.S. surgical workforce by lifting the cap on the number of federally supported residency training positions and adopting legislation to increase the number of Medicare-supported
residency positions.

Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) Joins Forces with the YMCA of Central Florida to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) and the YMCA of Central Florida have entered into a new partnership to help Americans with obesity through education and awareness. In a release announcing the partnership, the OAC and YMCA say through personalized programs, support and education, the groups can begin “to turn the tide on obesity in Central Florida and beyond.” Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO, commented, “The OAC is constantly looking for new ways to educate the public about obesity and offer it unbiased evidence-based information on weight and health…. [the YMCA’s program’s] have a natural fit in what we, the OAC, offer our members and the general public. This is the first time we’ve partnered with the YMCA, and we know the possibilities are endless.”

Save the Date for the First Annual Mid America
Bariatric Summit Oct. 2 & 3

Mark your calendars for the first Mid America Bariatric Summit in Chicago, IL. This inaugural event includes a full-day of educational and networking opportunities for bariatric surgeons and integrated health professionals. Sessions will cover a gamut of topics including best techniques in bariatric surgery, national trends and panel Q&As on controversial topics in the field. Click here for more information and to register for the conference.