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A News Magazine is Born

Published in May 2013 Issue             

Welcome to the first edition of connect: the official news magazine of the ASMBS. Here you will find original stories from the world of metabolic and bariatric surgery and obesity and related diseases. Stories will feature ASMBS members and other experts from the world of science, public health and policy and social media.

Our cover story this month is The Affordable Care Act and YOU with perspectives from Dr. John Morton, ASMBS secretary/treasurer, Pennsylvania state chapter president Dr. Michael Bono and director of the ASMBS Washington, DC office, Christopher Gallagher. All have been tirelessly fighting for greater patient access and share what the ACA means to you and the future of obesity treatment.

The article, Obesity in the Digital Age, looks at how social media is transforming medicine and shaping the discussion around obesity and obesity treatments. Many of our members are active in social media. The article features comments and experiences of Pam Davis, Integrated Health Executive Council for the ASMBS and chairman of the board of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), for whom social media has become a way of life. Dr. Martin Binks, PhD, CEO Binks Behavioral Health PLLC, discusses how he uses social media to provide context in a 24/7 media environment. connect also interviewed Dr. Kevin Pho, an internal medicine physician who has become a social media sensation since starting his blog KevinMD, about 10 years ago. It has grown to 100,000 subscribers and Forbes magazine hailed KevinMD.com, a “must-read blog,” and CNN named @KevinMD one of its five recommended health care Twitter feeds. ASMBS member Dr. Mark Fusco who says social media provides genuine value to his patients and his practice.

And finally, Dr. Aurora Pryor, chair of the ASMBS Emerging Technologies and Procedure Committee, provides perspectives on What's Next and the state of innovation in metabolic and bariatric surgery and how the ASMBS views its role in helping to advance new treatments.

Check out other features including ASMBS and Obesity in the News, the top stories making news, News and Notes and ASMBS and its members in action.

Also, please look around connect. The site is optimized for tablets, smart phones and desktops. It includes our Twitter feed and provides you access to ASMBS press releases and fact sheets for your reference as you do media outreach in your local communities.

This year the ASMBS celebrates its 30th anniversary as an organization. We are asking you to submit your memories, photos or significant events that have occurred over the years. We will feature your responses in a future edition of connect.

This is your news magazine. We hope you read every edition and visit the site for updates between issues. Also, if you have a story idea or would like to contribute an article or blog, click here and we will look to get you in a future edition.

We would love to hear from you.