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From the Desk of Georgeann Mallory,
ASMBS Executive Director

Published in August Issue             

With Labor Day just around the corner we are entering the home stretch of summer. People tend to think of summer as the slow time of year but I learned long ago that summer is often the fastest and sometimes busiest time of year. It is the time of year when many of our committees and task forces are just hitting their stride with the work they want to accomplish for the year. For the ASMBS office staff that means we are very focused on facilitating the work associated with the committees projects, work that has a direct impact on advancing the field and ultimately helping our patients.

Summer is also the time of year for the ASMBS Obesity Week-End Meeting. The Program Committee, led by Dr. Michel Gagner, put together another great meeting in Las Vegas. Everyone loves this meeting because the educational offerings are varied and there is more time for in-depth discussion and conversations with colleagues. We are already working on next year’s program and deciding on the 2017 location.

While we are on the topic of education, we have this little thing called ObesityWeek coming up in November that keeps our attention all year round. We are expecting over 5,500 obesity professionals from around the world to gather in New Orleans for ObesityWeek 2016. Check out the OW website that includes information on the ASMBS Pre-Conference Courses, Labs and Roundtables Lunches held on October 31 and November 1 and a combined 90 plus ASMBS and TOS educational sessions during Scientific Sessions November 2 – 4.

The site will also give you information about registration, hotels and fun events like the Welcome Reception at Mardi Gras World, the Foundation’s L.E.A.D. luncheon and Walk From Obesity with traditional New Orleans Second Line as part of the festivities and the always popular OW AfterDark party at Generations Hall, a classic New Orleans party hall built in the early 1820’s.

ASMBS also just launched an exciting new educational app that is a must have tool for every healthcare provider in the field of bariatric surgery – the ASMBS Essentials App. It is full of resources, toolboxes, FAQs and also provides CME, MOC and CEUs. There is more information about the app in this issue of connect or you can go to the app store and check it out. A great big thank you goes out to Dr. Dan Jones for the tremendous amount of work he did in leading this project.

The ASMBS Integrated Health (IH) Section just completed a major update of the IH section of the ASMBS website with many more resources for the IH professional and a variety a very helpful toolboxes soon to be released. Nate Sann, chair of the IH Communications Committee, was the lead on the project and did an outstanding job.

The ASMBS Closed Claims task force, led by Dr. John Morton, spent many, many hours the first part of the year pouring over the de-identified claims at the offices of many of the larger malpractice carriers. The Task Force is working on developing a Closed Claims Registry designed to provide an educational database of closed medical malpractice claims to practicing surgeons. They will be meeting again soon to further review and select examples that will best serve as lessons learned from malpractice claims. The ultimate goal of the registry, once completed, is to not only educate surgeons, but also lower premiums.

September is the National Obesity Collaborative Care Summit month. This will be the third annual Summit hosted by ASMBS. The objective of the Summit is to network and develop cross-community relationships between leading stakeholders in order to develop and provide optimal, coordinated and effective care for people dealing with obesity. We expect over 45 different medical societies to come together to address a more synergistic approach to obesity treatment. Many combined papers have come out of these summits and this year the summit attendees will work on consensus statement on collaborative care.

The ASMBS Research Committee, chaired by Dr. Matt Hutter, is in the process of reviewing the 27 grants submitted for consideration to receive one of the two $25,000 research grants supported by the ASMBS Foundation and announced at ObesityWeek. This is just one of the many ways the ASMBS Foundation supports the mission of the ASMBS to improve public health and well being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

I hope you take some time to enjoy some of the remaining days of summer. We have a lot to look forward to in the fall – most of all it will be great for everyone to get together in New Orleans. See you soon!