News and Notes


Published in January Issue             

Earn CME Credits with ObesityWeek On Demand!

CME credits are available with ObesityWeek On Demand, an accredited online program that delivers the latest cutting-edge science and clinical best practices presented during ObesityWeek 2016. ObesityWeek On Demand makes continuing education easy by providing cloud-based access to more than 100 hours of content including abstract presentations, symposia, educational courses, video sessions and more. ObesityWeek On Demand offers access to presentations from the world-renowned experts in obesity who attended the 2016 conference and insights into topics including:

  • Metabolism and Integrative Physiology
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See the First ASMBS Surgeon Debate of 2017! Full Webinar Available Online Now!

If you missed the latest ASMBS surgeon debate, don’t fret! The ASMBS Communications Committee has you covered. Click here to see a recording of the hour-long debate webinar entitled, “Staple Line Reinforcement: To be or not to be.” Dr. Scott Shikora presented the pros and Dr. Peter Billing offered the cons. The debate was moderated by communications committee member Dr. Valerie Halpin and Committee Chair Dr. Daniel Herron.
To see debate webinars from 2016, click here.

Subscribe to ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity Newsletter & Host a Walk in Your Area This Spring

Click here to subscribe to the ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity Newsletter for the latest information on upcoming events, fitness tips, healthy recipes and interviews with physicians and care providers in the fields of bariatric surgery and obesity medicine. Read past issues of the newsletter at and sign-up today to get new issues delivered to your inbox every month. You can help make 2017 a successful year in the fight against obesity by applying to host a Walk from Obesity in your own community this spring. Click the following link to learn more:

Obesity Action Coalition Welcomes New Members to National Board of Directors

Scott Kahan, MD; Nikki Massie, MA; Patty Nece, JD; and Rob Portinga have joined the Obesity Action Coalition’s (OAC) 2017 National Board of Directors, a panel responsible for directing the organization and its activities, setting long-term goals for the association and ensuring programs and initiatives are in the interest of individuals affected by obesity. In a press release announcing the addition of the four new members, Amber Huett-Garcia, MPA, OAC Chairwoman said, “The addition of these new members to the Board will help us continue to guide the organization and represent the millions of Americans impacted by obesity.”

  • Dr. Kahan is the director of the National Center for Weight. For his role as a leading voice in the fight for access to care, Dr. Kahan received the 2015 OAC Healthcare Provider Advocate of the Year.

  • Ms. Massie is well-known for her blog Bariatric Foodie. In 2016 she was awarded the OAC Member of the Year and has made significant contributions to the organization in new membership recruitment.

  • As an advocate for the approval of new obesity treatments, Ms. Nece has testified numerous times before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and for her efforts earned the 2015 Barbara Thompson Award for Advocacy.

  • In the six years since his gastric bypass surgery, Mr. Portinga has transformed his life and shares his personal insights as a healthy living blogger focused on obesity bias and weight-loss.

For more information on the National Board of Directors, click here.