News and Notes

Published in July 2013 Issue             

Send in Your Nominations for the 2013 ASMBS Circle of Excellence Award

The ASMBS IH Executive Council is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Circle of Excellence Award. This year at ObesityWeek, the council will present the Circle of Excellence Award to an outstanding professional who has made significant contributions to the Integrated Health Section of the society. The 2013 recipient will be the 14th annual honoree and ASMBS is asking for nominations for an outstanding professional in the field of bariatric surgery. The criteria for submission can be found online. Please send nominations with a brief statement describing how the nominee meets the criteria to by
August 16, 2013

Dr. Felipe Cantu Receives Karl Storz Top Video Award at Spring Educational Event

During the ASMBS Spring Educational Event in New Orleans, Dr. Felipe J. Cantu, Jr. received the Karl Storz Top Video Award. Dr. Cantu, who is the founder of the Advanced Bariatric Institute and chief of the Department of Bariatric Surgery at Christus-Muguerza Hopsital in Reynosa, Mexico, was honored with the award for his video abstract presentation of “Laparoscopic Management of Gastric Necrosis After Greater Curvature Gastric Plication for Morbid Obesity.” Dr. Cantu’s co-authors include Dr. Jose Henry Mansur, Dr. Bruno Lara and Dr. Magaly Hernandez.

Dr. Jaime Ponce Discusses “The Future of Gastric Banding” at 12th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium

During the 12th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium, Dr. Jaime Ponce gave a lecture on the future of laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), which he commented “seems uncertain, especially with the great advantages other procedures can offer.” He said the procedure "requires maintenance, frequent follow-up and frequent hiatal crural repair during band placement. Moreover, great variability exists among centers and in patients in the maintenance of care, which is reflected in the different outcomes reported." He noted though, marketing surveys show that 20 to 34 percent of patients who have had gastric banding said they would not have had any other procedure if banding had not been available, and 19 percent of patients willing to have surgery, but with no specific procedure in mind, preferred a band. Further Dr. Ponce says, the band is here to stay. In some cases, patients prefer adjustable gastric banding to other procedures and it is up to the surgeon to be educated and prepared to give the best possible outcome for these patients. Dr. Ponce suggested that, in the future, the use of the gastric band should probably be limited to centers that have dedicated physicians and teams that can assist with the intensive follow-up required, and where a more selective patient process can take place. General Surgery News provided an overview of his presentation in the last issue.

Leading Scientists, Clinicians and Surgeons Come Together to Host the World’s Largest Event on Obesity Treatment & Prevention – ObesityWeekSM 2013

The Obesity Society (TOS) issued a press release announcing ObesityWeek, “the world’s pre-eminent meeting on obesity” that it will jointly host with ASMBS. The press release features a comment from Dr. Philip Schauer, ObesityWeek Co-Chair: “We’re excited to host this unique, international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, and prevention of obesity – the most severe health problem in the United States and abroad. Such a meeting will bring together the best minds to shine a brighter light on obesity and help improve the lives of those affected.” It notes key presentations will be delivered by Dr. Thomas Farley, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and Dr. Bruce Spiegelman, professor of Cell Biology and Medicine at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School.

XVIII World Congress of International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity & Metabolic Disorders to be Held in Istanbul, Turkey

The 18th World Congress of IFSO will be held in Istanbul, Turkey August 28-31. In a letter posted on the organization’s website, Dr. Mustafa Taskin, Congress President, commented that the meeting underscores the importance of the multidisciplinary approach to the surgical treatment of obesity and metabolic disorders as it brings together bariatric and metabolic surgeons with physicians, integrated health professionals, researchers, and pharmaceutical, surgical innovation companies.