News and Notes

Published in May 2013 Issue             

Dr. Edward E. Mason Awarded 2013 Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care by American Surgical Association

ASMBS founder, Dr. Edward E. Mason, was awarded the Medallion for the Advancement of Surgical Care by the American Surgical Association (ASA) at the society’s 133rd Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Mason was recognized for his lifelong leadership in the fight against obesity and its associated health problems. Visit the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine website to read more about Dr. Mason’s honor.

Dr. Bruce Wolfe Chosen to Serve on CMS Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC)

ASMBS Past President Dr. Bruce Wolfe was selected as a new voting member on the CMS Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC). As a member, Dr. Wolfe will provide independent guidance and expert advice to CMS on various clinical topics. Dr. Wolfe was nominated by ASMBS in September 2012. Read more about Dr. Wolfe’s appointment to MEDCAC here.

Obesity Action Coalition President Honored with 2013 Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Service Award

Joe Nadglowski, OAC President and CEO, received the 2013 Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT) Public Service Award during the 54th Annual SSAT Meeting held May 19 in Orlando, Florida. The SSAT Public Service Award  recognizes an individual or organization from the lay community that has impacted the public by promoting or creating awareness of gastrointestinal health. Nadglowski was recognized for his role as President and CEO of the OAC and the organization’s accomplishments including advocating for patients nationwide; leading the community in patient-based education; launching Your Weight Matters Magazine; and promoting awareness of weight bias
and obesity.

Drs. Jaime Ponce, Matt Brengman and John Morton Reach Out to CMS to Correct Sleeve Gastrectomy Relative Value Unit (RVU) Glitch. Click here to see the letter to CMS. 

ASMBS Members Attend PCORI Workgroup on Obesity Treatment Options in Diverse Populations

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute’s (PCORI) workgroup on Obesity Treatment Options in Diverse Populations met on April 16th. Front row: Romana Hasnain-Wynia, PhD; William Dietz, MD, PhD; Rena Wing, PhD, Eliza Ng, MD; Nicole Dickelson, MPH; Karen Kovach-Miller, MBA, MS; Joann Donnelly, MA; Sajani Shah, MD; Hayley Lofink, PhD; Top row: Gary Palmer, MD: Ted Kyle, MBA; Donna Ryan, MD; Joe Nadglowski; Alice Ammerman, DrPh; H. Vondell Clark, MD; Wayne English, MD; Ninh Nguyen, MD Not pictured: Elsie Taveras, MD

New Evidence Prompts Update to Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Clinical Guidelines

Significant new scientific evidence published over the last four years prompted ASMBS, AACE and TOS to change its guidance on who should get metabolic and bariatric surgery and which methods should be used. The new guidelines were published in the latest issues of Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Endocrine Practice, and Obesity, the official peer-reviewed journals of each of the societies. Click to read the ASMBS news release.

The Obesity Society Launches National Campaign Urging Americans and Policymakers to “Treat Obesity Seriously”

The Obesity Society (TOS) launched  the “Treat Obesity Seriously” campaign  to "encourage a shift in the way Americans look at the disease. The campaign will educate “policymakers on the need to recognize obesity as a serious condition and provide clinicians with the tools to diagnose and treat obesity." Clinicians can sign up to receive these tools at Here's a recent article on the TOS campaign in American Medical News.

ASMBS Goes to Washington-- Obesity Care Continuum Advocacy Meeting in D.C.

In attendance, Dr. Jaime Ponce; Dr. John Morton; Dr. Wayne English, Chris Gallagher,  OAC's Joe Nadglowski, and representatives from 25 advocacy groups discuss ways to improve access to treatment.

ASMBS/ACS Committee on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Meet at SAGES to Address Quality Standards

The ASMBS and American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) Committee on Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (CMBS) met in April at SAGES annual meeting in Baltimore to complete revisions of the quality standards which will be released for public comment in May/June. In attendance, Drs. Ponce, Nguyen, Morton, Inabnet, Dallal, Jackson, Provost, Michalsky, Jones, English, Felix, Rosenthal and Hutter.

Obesity Action Coalition’s Your Weight Matters National Convention Offers Americans Strategies to Improve Weight and Health

The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC) will be hosting its 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention August 15-18 in Phoenix, AZ. The meeting will offer attendees information on the latest evidence-based weight management strategies from the country’s leading experts on weight and health. Visit for more information.