Published in February 2015 Issue             

Deadline for IFSO15 Abstract Submissions March 31

Abstracts are being accepted for the 20th IFSO World Congress at Hofburg Imperial Palace in Vienna, Austria, Aug. 26th – 29th 2015. Abstracts are being accepted in areas including endoscopic and percutaneous interventional procedures, gastric stimulation, low BMI strategies, sleeve gastrectomy and more. To see a full list of abstract categories and topics that will be discussed visit the Scientific Program page of The deadline for submission is March 31st. The abstract submission form can be found here.

Cleveland Clinic Hosts

Hundreds of physicians, surgeons, fellows, residents, nurses, and allied health professionals are expected to attend the 14th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium February 15 – 18 in Coral Gables, Florida. The section on bariatric surgery will include presentations on surgery in low BMI patients, management of unusual complications, robotic surgery, reoperative procedures, and metabolic surgery. “Live Surgery Day” will be held on Feb. 18 and will feature a reoperative bariatric procedure from Cleveland Clinic, Weston, Florida. See this year’s program schedule or register online by clicking here.

Next Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) in Las Vegas

The 15th Annual Minimally Invasive Surgery Symposium (MISS) will be held Feb. 25 – 28 in Las Vegas. The program promises to offer compelling lectures, surgical video presentations, and lively discussion and debate by world-renowned experts on advanced laparoscopic techniques for managing metabolic disorders, hernia, foregut and diseases of the colon. Sessions on metabolic and bariatric surgery will cover strategies for decreasing readmission, robotic surgery for revisions and complex cases, and techniques in sleeve gastrectomy. Click here for the full program or register at

Endocrine Society Recommends Weight Loss Drugs, Surgery as Supplement to Lifestyle Interventions

The Endocrine Society issued Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) this week on the pharmacological management of obesity, which included a recommendation that “weight loss medications and bariatric surgery can be combined with behavioral changes to reduce food intake and increase physical activity.” Caroline M. Apovian, MD, of Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center, and chair of the task force that authored the guidelines commented, "Medications do not work by themselves, but they can help people maintain a healthy diet by reducing the appetite." The guidelines were published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism and co-sponsored by The Obesity Society (TOS) and the European Society of Endocrinology. Visit to read the Guidelines.

OAC Names New Vice-Chairman and Board Director

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) announced Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, BS, is its new Vice-chairman. Amber served on the OAC National Board since 2012 and is the past-Chair of the OAC Convention Planning Committee. She is also the recipient of the 2014 OAC Chairman’s Award. The OAC also welcomed Sarah Bramblette to the National Board of Directors. In 2014, she was honored with the OAC Member of the Year Award for her support of the OAC’s mission and goals. To learn more about the new appointees click here.