Published in December/January Issue             

Walk From Obesity 2016 Spring Season Deadlines Approaching

The deadline to apply to host a Walk from Obesity event is rapidly approaching: January 30, 2016. With more than 93 million individuals affected by obesity, now is a great time to bring the Walk from Obesity to your area. The funds raised from each Walk from Obesity event support the ASMBS Foundation’s mission and allows it to continue to fund scientific research and educational programs for healthcare providers. Help bring this event to your city or town, by volunteering to host a Walk from Obesity event this coming spring. To learn how to get involved, please visit

Patient Safety & Quality Award Named After Dr. Ronald H. Clements

The ASMBS Foundation’s Board of Directors has acknowledged Dr. Ronnie Clements for his accomplishments in metabolic and bariatric surgery by dedicating the Patient Safety & Quality Award in his name. The newly named Dr. Ronald H. Clements Patient Safety & Quality Award recognizes major achievements of a team or individual who made significant contributions to improving patient safety and quality of care to bariatric patients. Quality care focuses on improved, patient-centered, reliable, accessible and safe treatment. This year’s recipient, Dr. Daniel B. Jones of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, received the award during ObesityWeek 2015. To learn more about the Dr. Ronald H. Clements Patient Safety & Quality Award, please visit

ASMBS Foundation’s 2015 LEAD Awards

On Nov. 3, the 2015 LEAD Awards honored 10 recipients who have shown leadership, education, advancement, and dedication to the field of bariatric surgery. The event also raised over $92,000, which will go towards obesity research and educational programs.

The 2015 Outstanding Achievement Award was presented to Scott A. Shikora, MD, FACS, Director of the Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shikora has displayed a lasting impression and selfless commitment to ASMBS as past-president of the society and former Executive Council member. He has been involved in minimally invasive general and bariatric surgery for over 20 years and has made significant contributions to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Shikora is also an Associate Editor of the surgical journal Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases and the current Editor-in-Chief of Obesity Surgery, among other journals. Most recently, Dr. Shikora co-edited and co-produced two web-based, interactive, e-learning programs entitled, Clinician’s Compendium to Nutrition Support Therapy: A Comprehensive Multimedia Library and The Obesity Compendium. To learn more about the 2015 LEAD Awards please visit

2015 United We Step Pedometer Challenge Raises Over $13K

Over 600 participants stepped up to the challenge as part of the ASMBS Foundation’s national pedometer challenge: United We Step. The event brought attention to America’s obesity epidemic and encouraged individuals to increase their daily physical activity. Raising over $13,000, participants logged more than 4.5 million steps. The top fundraising teams included EnteroMedics, Inc, Team Celebration, and Garden State Bariatrics. Top individual fundraisers included Keith Kim, Jaime Ponce and Denise London. To view the top teams and participants please visit

Obesity Care Advocacy Network Helps Address the Nation’s Growing Obesity Epidemic

During ObesityWeek 2015 leading healthcare organizations announced the formation of a new advocacy network, the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN). The newly formed alliance aims to partner with other medical societies and organizations to change how the nation perceives and approaches the U.S. obesity epidemic by educating and advocating for public policies. “OCAN will work to increase access to treatment and educate the public, especially the U.S. healthcare system, on the seriousness of this epidemic,” said Joe Nadglowski, Obesity Action Coalition President and CEO. For more information on the Network, please visit