News and Notes

Published in January Issue             

Save the Date for ASMBS Weekend 2018 in NYC

This year, ASMBS Weekend will be held in New York City, June 14-16, 2018. The 3-day clinical symposium focuses on the basic science, clinical application, surgical treatment and prevention of obesity and is designed for all professions involved in the field of obesity management. This year, ASMBS Weekend will be accepting oral and video abstracts. The submission window is now open through February 28th. To receive emails about registration and research submissions visit

Submit Your Abstracts for the 2018 ACS Quality and Safety Conference

The American College of Surgeons has issued a call for abstracts for its 2018 Quality and Safety Conference, July 21-24, in Orlando, Florida. Abstracts should relate to surgical quality improvement initiatives including the development, implementation, or validation of best practices and operational best practices relating to workflows around collecting data and reporting. Submissions are being accepted from surgical quality programs including the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) and the ACS National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®), among others. The deadline for submission is January 26, 2018. For more information or to submit an abstract, visit

Addressing Weight Stigma and Opening Doors for a Patient-Centered Approach to Childhood Obesity

Obesity Action Coalition President Joe Nadglowski along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and The Obesity Society released a joint policy statement regarding weight stigma in youth providing a detailed description of the harm it causes: “Obesity and excess weight are among the most common reasons for youth to become targets for bullying, and anti-bullying policies usually don’t address weight-based bullying. Some campaigns intended to raise awareness of childhood obesity have used stigmatizing images and messages. Several parents and youth have objected to school-based weight screening because it can discriminate against the youth living with obesity.” To help fight and eliminate weight discrimination, the OAC encourages people to share and report weight bias issues. Click here to learn more.

Mark Your Calendar for the 17th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium, February 17-20, 2018

The 17th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium will take place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where world-renowned gastrointestinal surgeons, gastroenterologists and oncologists will share their expertise and updates on the most recent technological and therapeutic advances including new frontiers in bariatric surgery. The third day of the scientific session will concentrate on the most recent controversies and developments in the field of obesity surgery, including a review of the current standards for technical performance of various methods of primary bariatric procedures and long-term outcomes. This year’s Walter E. Pories, MD, Annual Lecture will be delivered by Jack Himpens, MD, on the “Evolution of Bariatric Surgery, from weight loss to metabolic interventions.” To learn more about the 2018 symposium and to register, click here.