News and Notes

Published in June 2013 Issue             

ASMBS Spring Event held in New Orleans this past May 30-June 2, 2013

For the first time, three live surgeries were telecast from the ASMBS Spring Event in New Orleans. Dr. Thomas Lavin from Crescent City Surgical Centre, Metairie, LA performed a sleeve gastrectomy, Dr. David Provost performed a gastric bypass from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Denton and Dr. Helmuth Billy did a gastric band removal and conversion to sleeve gastrectomy from St. John’s Regional Medical Center, Oxnard, CA. More than 300 members attended the Spring Event.

Patients First, What About People-First?

ASMBS Integrated Health Executive Council Member at Large, Pam Davis, RN, CBN and Chairman of the Board of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) challenged ASMBS members to lead by example in "A Note About Sensitivity." In the "note," Davis encourages members to review patient and staff education materials, articles, guidelines and even PowerPoint presentations for inappropriate language. She says to change terminology that refers to individuals as “obese or morbidly obese” to “affected by obesity” or “someone with obesity.” Davis says, "help change the public perception of obesity and of those affected by obesity-let’s continue to put our patients first by always referring to people first."

Obesity Action Coalition to Hold National Convention in August

rom August 15-18, the OAC's 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention will convene at the Arizona Grand Resort & Spa in Phoenix, AZ, to offer the latest evidence-based weight management strategies from the country's leading experts on weight and health. According to an OAC press release, "what's unique about the OAC's Convention is the vast array of education offered, perfectly designed to help any individual along their journey to a better weight and improved health." For more information on the convention and the program agenda, please visit

Dr. Sudan Presents at DDW  

Dr. Ranjan Sudan presented data at this year's Digestive Disease Week (DDW) showing the benefits of RYGB were significant in whites, blacks and Hispanics, but at 1-year follow-up, the procedure was "less efficient for black patients," as reported in Clinical Endocrinology News article

The data showed that although fewer black patients had diabetes at baseline, at 1-year follow-up a higher percentage of them had diabetes with less decline in diabetes rates (from 30% to 13%, decline of 59%), compared with whites (from 32% to 11%; –65%), and Hispanics (from 31% to 12%; –61%). Black patients also had less decline in the mean body mass index (–30%), compared with whites (–34%), and Hispanics (–32%). Their hypertension also declined less (–35%) than in whites (–49%), and Hispanics (–50%). The mortality rates within 30 days were similar for all three group (0.23%-0.26%), but black patients had a higher rate of total adverse events (22%), compared with whites and Hispanics (17% each).

ASMBS at the Fifth IFSO Latin American Congress of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (May 20 - 24, 2013)

From left to right, ASMBS Bariatric Surgery Training Committee Chair, Dr. Scott Shikora, ASMBS President, Dr. Jaime Ponce, ASMBS President-Elect, Dr. Ninh Nguyen and ASMBS Secretary/Treasurer, Dr. John Morton in Cusco, Peru for the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) Latin American Congress of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery.