ASMBS Executive Director’s Corner

Published in March Issue             

New Webinar Series - Point/Counterpoint

ASMBS had the first in series of webinars this month. The webinar was a full hour of no holds barred passionate debate about the latest bariatric intervention, the intragastric balloon. Manoel Galvao Neto, Director of Advanced Bariatric Endoscopy at the Gastro-Obeso Center in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Dr. Alfons Pomp, MD, FACS, FRCSC, FASMBS, Chief of GI, Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at New York/Presbyterian Hospital in New York, debated the pros and cons of the currently available gastric balloon devices. The debate stimulated many interesting questions and perspectives from the audience. Be sure to watch your email for the announcements about the next webinar.

55 Working Groups!

Including all the surgeon and integrated health committees, task forces and councils, the ASMBS has 55 very hard working groups that impact research, education, patient access, innovation, communication and much more. They are all managing multiple projects to provide information and tools crucial to the advancement of bariatric surgery. Be sure to read about the highlighted committee work each month in Connect to stay up to date on the many ASMBS initiatives. Committees are listed on the ASMBS web site and if you have a strong interest in any of the committee work, you can apply to join at

Time To Renew

Most have already renewed their membership to ASMBS, but if you haven't, now is the time. Membership keeps you connected to a network of more than 4,000 of your peers and an organization that will help you do your job better, through advocacy, continuing education, networking opportunities, news and information, and money-saving
member benefits.

Obesity Week-End

I was just in in Las Vegas checking out the meeting space at the Aria, the site of the ASMBS 2016 Obesity Week-End. Recent updates make this hotel even more beautiful and a fantastic venue for Obesity Week-End, a unique, international three-day event full of diverse educational opportunities, networking events, live surgeries, debates, round table lunches, and multiple integrated health sessions. You can earn over 20 CME/MOC/CE hours of education while attending Obesity Week-End. 2016 Obesity Week-End Registration Form


ASMBS has become very active on twitter. We have over 6,700 followers and counting. We invite you to follow us at: @asmbs

Research Grants

The Research Committee is proud to announce the 13th Annual ASMBS Research Grant Award Program. Research Grants are open to any principal investigator who is an ASMBS Regular, Affiliate Surgeon/Physician, Associate or Candidate Member. The grants are sponsored by the ASMBS Foundation. Submissions open April 1, 2016. Watch your email for the formal announcement

Call for Abstracts – ASMBS 33rd Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek? 2016

Submission Dates: March 1 – May 1, 2016
Meeting Dates: October 31 – November 4, 2016
Location: Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans

Topic Categories

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding
  • Bariatric Surgery in Adolescents
  • Comparative Trials
  • Emerging Medical Technologies/Novel Surgical/Non-Standard Techniques
  • Endoscopic Procedures
  • Epidemiology/Physiology
  • Gastric Bypass Procedures
  • General Interest
  • Malabsorptive Procedures
  • Metabolic Surgery for Diabetes
  • Nutrition
  • Revisional Procedures
  • Scientific Research
  • Sleeve Gastrectomy
  • Surgical Complications
  • Integrated Health

Submit your abstract here
Download the complete abstract submission guidelines


ASMBS is committed to ensuring that everyone who needs it, has access to obesity treatments. We have worked diligently on this front for many years. Last year, the ASMBS took this fight for our patients to the next level and started a Political Action Committee (PAC), called ObesityPAC. As a non-partisan PAC, ObesityPAC contributes to incumbents and candidates who have acted as champions for bariatric surgery, regardless of party affiliation. The ObesityPAC represents the needs of bariatric surgeons and their patients on Capitol Hill and within State Houses across the country.

Making a difference for people with obesity is a core value and of prime importance to each and every one of us. The PAC is one way we can truly make a difference. Be part of this significant effort to help our patients and visit for more information and to contribute.

Until next time...