News and Notes


Published in July/August Issue             

ObesityWeek 2017 Registration Now Open!

Register today to join ASMBS for ObesityWeek 2017, Oct. 29th through Nov. 2nd in Washington, DC. ObesityWeek is the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention and prevention of obesity. The 2017 conference will feature ASMBS specialized pre-conference courses, 100+ sessions, more than 1,000 abstracts and 150 exhibitors. Click here to see the interactive schedule and learn about other professional development and educational opportunities. Visit to learn more.

Call for Nominations - 2017 LEAD Awards

Nominations are being accepted for the ASMBS Foundation’s 2017 LEAD AWARDS, a celebration that honors individuals who have shown outstanding leadership, education, advancement, and dedication to the field of bariatric surgery. Each year, recipients are recognized during the LEAD Awards reception at ObesityWeek. This year’s reception will be held on Monday, Oct. 30th at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The ASMBS Foundation will be presenting seven awards:

To learn more about each award, read about LEAD award recipients from previous years or to nominate a recipient, click here. The deadline to submit a nomination is July 28, 2017.

ObesityWeek 2017 Keynote Speakers and 28th Annual Mason Lecturer Announced!

Professor Rudolph Leibel, MD, Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics in the Columbia University Department of Pediatrics and Professor, will give the opening keynote address at ObesityWeek 2017. Dr. Leibel and his team are employing cutting-edge methods to take human obesity modeling to a new level by concentrating on molecular physiology and the genetics of body weight regulation and diabetes. He and associates have cloned and characterized a number of genes in the pathways regulating body weight and modifying diabetes susceptibility. Dr. Leibel’s keynote address, “Stem Cell-derived Hypothalamic Neurons in the Elucidation of the Pathogenesis of Human Obesity: A New Frontier” will be held Tuesday, Oct. 31st at 8AM at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Click here to learn more about Dr. Leibel, his keynote address and his research in mapping, cloning and identifying mutations of obesity.

ObesityWeek 2017 will feature a keynote session entitled, “Obesity In The Fifth Quarter: A Malignancy In Former NFL Players,” held on Thursday, Nov. 2nd at 11AM, which will feature a panel of speakers presenting on obesity prevention in former National Football League (NFL) players. Panelists include:

  • ASMBS member, Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD, Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research Award recipient, will focus on “The Aging Professional Athlete.” Click here to view Dr. Buchwald’s full biography.

  • Arthur Roberts, MD, Founder of the Living Heart Foundation and National Football Foundation’s 2011 Distinguished American Award recipient, will focus on “Screening Health Studies in Former NFL Players.” Click here to view Dr. Robert’s full biography.

  • Former NFL Professional Athlete, Sports Industry Consultant and Motivational Speaker, Corey Louchiey will address the “Player Prospective: Weight and Diet.” Click here to view Corey Louchiey’s full biography.

  • Former NFL Professional Athlete and Global Sports & Business Consultant, James Thornton will address the “Player Prospective: Weight and Surgery.” Click here to view James Thornton’s full biography.

The 28th Annual Mason Lecture, named in honor of ASMBS Founder Edward E. Mason, MD, PhD, the father of bariatric surgery, will be presented by Kevin Hall, PhD. As a senior investigator in the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Dr. Hall investigates how metabolism and the brain adapt in response to a variety of interventions to diet and physical actvity. Following Dr. Hall's lecture, held on Wednesday, Nov. 1st at 10:30AM, ASMBS President Stacy Brethauer, MD, will give his President Address, looking at the society’s accomplishments over the last year and the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Send in Your Nominations for the 2017 Circle of Excellence Award

The Integrated Health Executive Council and ASMBS are now accepting nominations for the 2017 Circle of Excellence Award. During the ASMBS Integrated Health Town Hall and Presidential Address at ObesityWeek, the Circle of Excellence Award will be presented to an ASMBS IH member who exemplifies compassion and dedication to care of the metabolic and bariatric surgery patient, as well as executes the visions and goals of the Integrated Health science section. Candidates must be a current ASMBS member in good standing practicing in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery, and must be nominated by another ASMBS member also in good standing and practicing in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Self-nominations are not accepted. To learn more about candidate qualifications or submit your nominations, click here. The deadline for submissions is July 27, 2017.

ASMBS Foundation Gears Up for 2017 Fall Walk from Obesity Events

The ASMBS Foundation is gearing up for the 2017 fall Walk from Obesity events that will kick off this September. Nineteen different walk locations are lined-up for the remaining of the year. Please visit to register, sponsor, or donate to any of the following event locations:

  • Albany, NY
  • Amarillo, TX
  • Brownsville, TX
  • Charlotte, NC
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Egg Harbor Township, NJ
  • Freehold, NJ
  • Greater CT (Meriden)
  • Greenville, NC
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Morgantown, WV
  • Mountain View, CA
  • NC Triangle (Raleigh), NC
  • New York City, NY
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Portland, OR
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Wilmington, NC

We would also like to recognize the four Walk from Obesity event locations that took place this spring. Together these locations raised over $30,000 to support obesity awareness, research, education, and access to care. Thank you to our event leaders, volunteers, local sponsors, and participants of the Boston, MA; Northern NJ; Maryland/DC, and
North Texas Walks!