News and Notes

Published in March Issue             

Abstract Submission Window Opens Soon for the
35th ASMBS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018

ASMBS will soon be accepting abstracts for its 35th Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018, held in Nashville, November 11-15.
As the largest international conference focused on the basic science, clinical application, surgical intervention, and prevention of obesity, ObesityWeek brings together world-renowned experts in obesity to share innovation and breakthroughs in science unmatched around the globe. To learn more about submitting your abstract and to receive announcements about ObesityWeek 2018, click here.

Join the ASMBS Pediatric Surgery Committee

The mission of the Pediatric Surgery Committee is to develop, foster and promote best care practices and resources for the pediatric/adolescent bariatric surgery patient. Since its inception in 2007, the committee has continued to respond to the increasing prevalence of severe obesity within the adolescent population and rise in the number of weight loss surgeries. Membership is comprised of pediatric and adult bariatric surgeons, with representation from the behavioral and integrated health community. The committee is seeking members who will take an active role in developing resources for the adolescent – pediatric program; developing educational tracks for ASMBS Spring Event and ObesityWeek and other educational offerings with the Program Committee; and work with the Access to Care committee to address pediatric/adolescent bariatric issues. Please visit the ASMBS Pediatric Surgery Committee page for more details on its objective and goals: To apply for membership, you must be an active ASMBS member; please send your name, resume or CV, and any additional comments indicating why you would like to join this committee to
Martha Lindsey at

Watch the First Video in the New ASMBS Patient Education Video Series: “Obesity is Hard to Treat”

The ASMBS Public Education Committee has created a Patient Education Video Series. Click here to see the first video in this new series, which features Michael Seger, MD discussing and dispelling the most common misconceptions about obesity. This new video series, along with the Patient Learning Center on provides informative and useful tools for people considering bariatric surgery including BMI calculators, a surgeon locator tool, and answers to frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery, obesity, and obesity-related diseases.

Obesity Action Coalition Presses Congress for
TROA Passage

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) leaders and volunteers joined the Obesity Care Advocacy Network (OCAN) for a “Day on the Hill” in our nation’s capital to advocate for the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA). The legislation calls for an expansion of a list of healthcare professionals who could provide intensive behavioral therapy for obesity beyond primary care. It also calls for the removal of the Medicare Part D prohibition on coverage for FDA-approved obesity drugs. “Day on the Hill” was marked by 103 legislative visits, accomplished by 88 advocates. To start advocating for TROA, click here to write to your elected officials and help legislators better understand the need for expanding access to critical obesity treatments.