A Note From the President:

The Value of Giving


Published in December Issue             

For many of us, this is a special time of the year when we reconnect with family, friends, and work colleagues through events and holiday occasions. With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror and Christmas just ahead of us, we invariably turn our attention to what we accomplished over the year, and what still needs to be done.

We need only to reflect on the accomplishments of the last decade to realize how far we as a society and a community of health professionals have come in achieving the highest levels of safety, efficacy and wellbeing for our deserving patients; all the while gaining the esteem and respect of many of our scientific, academic, and industry colleagues. As we look back, we can feel truly blessed that we have the privilege of having improved the lives of so many people and their families.

Yet, there is much more work to be done. There are many more patients who will not have the opportunity to fully enjoy this and future holiday seasons. Fear, denial, bias, and discrimination are pernicious elements that we have yet to conquer. Ignorance, myths, and misconceptions serve only to deny millions of suffering people life-saving, life-enhancing state of the art treatment. Yes, there is still much work to be done. But what a rewarding mission to have; what an inspiring call to answer.

Which brings me to our colleague Stephen Scott, MD. Stephen and his wife, Donna, dedicated their lives to the fight against obesity and its comorbidities. It was at medical school that Stephen and Donna decided to answer the call and help relieve the suffering that our patients with obesity endure. Sadly, Donna passed away this year. In her memory, Stephen has made a very generous donation to the ASMBS Foundation. His gift will help for many years to come and will certainly advance our noble and worthy missions. We are truly thankful for Stephen and Donna and their ongoing legacy.

Giving is a powerful principle. We all derive pleasure from receiving; but only for a limited time. Giving, on the other hand, provides lasting satisfaction. Giving enriches, nourishes and calms the soul. All religions promote giving and all the great thinkers and philosophers extoll its virtues. Giving is an investment not only in the recipient, whether that be a cause or a person, but in the giver him or herself. And one does not need to be wealthy to give. In fact, I would argue that the act of giving will undoubtedly result in appreciable gain, both spiritual and financial.

The nonprofit ASMBS Foundation has a mission to support efforts that eradicate ignorance and myths about obesity and its medical and surgical management. The funds it raises help support research and education, and tear down barriers to care. Our past, present and future patients and their families will gain so much from contributions from all of us and our friends.

At this time of the year, please remember the ASMBS Foundation and donate by clicking on this link: http://asmbsfoundation.org/make-a-donation/.
I would also encourage you, this holiday season, to designate the ASMBS Foundation as the recipient of a portion of all purchases you make on AmazonSmile.

Thank you, my friends, for your attention to this important cause, and please accept my warmest wishes for a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.