ASMBS Program Committee

Published in March Issue             

Submitted by: ASMBS Program Committee Chair Shanu N. Kothari, MD

The ASMBS Program Committee has been hard at work putting together the ASMBS Weekend meeting slated June 14-16 in New York City. The theme of this meeting is “Taking care of yourself AND the patient.” Registration is now open:

As a result, we have a balance of relevant topics pertinent to bariatric and metabolic surgery, as well as practical tips for managing yourself in a demanding health care environment.

On Thursday, June 14th, we have a post-graduate course focusing on obesity non-response and relapse led by
Christa Black, PA-C, and Erik Wilson, MD. We will also have a hands-on flexible-endoscopy lab led by Drs. Matt Kroh and Marina Kurian. Space will be limited for this session so please sign up early. We are encouraging all state chapter presidents to attend this meeting as they will have their own session dedicated to advocacy efforts and learning about the “wins” and challenges that various states are facing regarding access to care.

On Friday morning, we will kick off the scientific session with accepted abstracts as well as videos. We will then have a video-based “stump the experts” session chaired by Alan Saber, MD. This will be a fun and interactive session with content experts reviewing invited videos as well as audience participation.

The afternoon has a session dedicated entirely to practice management led by Rami Lutfi, MD and Marina Kurian, MD. This has been a course we have offered the last couple of years, and due to overwhelmingly positive feedback, we continue to provide while emphasizing different topics.

I encourage all younger ASMBS members early in their practice to attend ASMBS Weekend as you will learn many pearls to make your practice run more efficiently. I will be chairing a session on challenging surgical complications, and our IH colleagues will be managing a session on rare and not-so-rare metabolic complications as well.

We have a unique session entitled “Editors Picks” focusing on some of the top papers in SOARD this past year with editorial comments from our new co-editor in chief,
Raul Rosenthal, MD. We also have a first-time panel session moderated by Eric DeMaria, MD focusing on surgeons who have undergone bariatric surgery themselves. We will conclude with a combined ASMBS IH session on tools for successful work-life integration.

Again, emphasizing the point that we all need to take care of ourselves AND the patient.
This will be a can’t-miss session for all in attendance.

I look forward to seeing all of you in New York!

Shanu N. Kothari MD, FACS, FASMBS
Program Chair of ASMBS