A Note From the President:
The Power of Organization

Published in February Issue             

I have just returned from an incredible meeting of the Texas State Chapter of ASMBS (TABS) that was held in Austin, Texas, at the invitation of State Chapter President Robert Carpenter, MD, FASMBS, and Past Presidents Michael Seeger, MD, FASMBS, and Richard Peterson, MD, FASMBS. The meeting room was packed with practicing surgeons, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, nurses and dietitians from across the great state of Texas.

I was truly impressed by the diversity of the topics presented by the speakers and the high level of energy, commitment, and thirst for knowledge exhibited by audience members. I personally gained much deeper awareness and understanding of the successes gained by our Texan members, and the current and potential challenges that they are working hard to overcome. The most promising and reassuring signs, however, were the pervasive sense of brotherhood and collaboration that was so prevalent across the room and that endured throughout the day.

At the meeting, I was given the privilege of presenting the myriad projects that our ASMBS committees are so diligently working on, including patient safety initiatives, membership expansion and member educational, training, and practice resources, patient education, awareness, engagement and long-term retention strategies, and the growth of a vigorous presence on all important social media platforms. There are exciting changes planned for modernizing our flagship journal, SOARD, under the editorships of Harvey Sugerman, MD, FASMBS and Raul Rosenthal, MS, FASMBS. Additionally, our ASMBS Foundation has adopted an exciting moonshot that Rami Lutfi, MD, FASMBS, and I will share in a future issue of connect.

But I would like to go back to the meeting in Texas and mention one presentation that made a particular impression on me. John Scott, MD, FASMBS, who is Chair of the ASMBS
Access To Care (ATC) Committee, described the monumental gains that have been achieved and that are in progress to afford our deserving patients the life-saving treatments that we offer. John presides over a committee of 90 members and he has expertly and deftly organized them into a formidable machine with ample resources to swiftly and effectively support any location in our country where our members and patients face unfair or discriminatory barriers to care.

I am especially proud of the accomplishments recently realized in Pennsylvania. This was a big win for us, and our patients, and could not have happened without the relentless pursuit exhibited by Ann Rogers, MD, FASMBS, and the ATC Committee, with the strong support of our PAC, under the direction of John Morton, MD, FASMBS. This gain is a beautiful example of the power of an organization such as ours; one whose members are determined and unwavering in the noble fight against bias and discrimination, against mediocrity and aloofness, and against complacency at all cost.

I am reassured, and hope that you share my enthusiasm, that due to the vigor, diligence and determination of our members, ASMBS has a secure, solid and promising future. We are definitely geared for success!