Published in July/August 2015 Issue             

Call for Nominations - 2015 LEAD Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the ASMBS Foundation’s 2015 LEAD AWARDS, which honors those who have shown leadership, education, advancement, and dedication to the field of bariatric surgery. Each year recipients are recognizes during the LEAD Awards reception during ObesityWeek. This year’s reception will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The Foundation's annual awards include the following:

  • Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Master Educator Award
  • Patient Safety & Quality Award
  • Distinguished Industry Partner Award

To learn more about each award or to nominate a recipient, please click here. The deadline to submit a nomination is August 1, 2015.

Fellowship Training Certificate Application Window Opening August 1st

Beginning August 1st applications will be accepted for the 2015-2016 Fellowship Certificate Program for graduates of a Fellowship Council accredited program. The ASMBS Fellowship Certificate Program recognizes surgeons who have completed their training and who have met the educational requirements needed to practice safe and effective bariatric surgery. Receiving the “ASMBS Certificate of Acknowledgement of Satisfactory Training in Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery for Fellows” adds merit to surgeons beginning their careers in the field by emphasizing their ability to adequately perform metabolic and bariatric surgery. To learn more about application requirements click here.

Obesity Action Coalition Launches “Ban the F Word” Movement to End Fat-Shaming

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) has launched a national initiative - “Ban the F Word” - aimed at putting an end to fat-shaming. During its 10 years, the OAC has taken on high profile weight bias issues such as fat-shaming apps, a Tennessee insurer’s IQ testing requirement for bariatric surgery and stigmatizing comments regarding body weight. Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA, OAC Chairman said in a news release, “Weight bias has long been accepted in various areas of life such as healthcare, entertainment and more. With the rise of social media, a new trend has started in the way of fat-shaming. The goal of the OAC’s campaign is to raise awareness of fat-shaming and encourage the public to support our movement to end it.” As part of the movement, the OAC is asking individuals to sign an online petition pledging their support to raise awareness of fat-shaming and put an end to it. To learn more visit and to sign the petition click here.

OAC Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary and Looks to Boost Membership in 2015

In June, the OAC celebrated its 10-year anniversary. In recognition of the milestone, the OAC unveiled two opportunities for individuals to help the OAC move into the future. For the remainder of 2015, the OAC will offer all individuals the option to join or renew their membership for only $10. The OAC also announced the establishment of the 10 Year Anniversary Fund, which is the group’s first-ever dedicated fund that will directly benefit its general operating costs to carry out the OAC mission into the future. To sign the OAC pledge to help build momentum for the future, join or renew your membership, or to make a donation to the 10 Year Anniversary Fund, please visit