DR. NGUYEN'S BLOG: Mission Accomplished,
But So Much More To Do

Published in November 2013 Issue             

This month's cover story in connect is entitled "Mission Accomplished," and it provides an overview of the great things that happened at ObesityWeek 2013. It was quite an undertaking for that ASMBS staff, committees and members, and I am grateful for all the hard work and dedication. We can all take pride in the fact that this inaugural event was a great success by any measure.

We had more than 4,700 attendees. We had data presented that was among the highest quality that has ever been presented at an annual meeting. We had symposia, live telesurgery, and more exhibitors than we've ever had before. Our meeting was covered by major news organizations including the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and NBC and CBS News, to name a few.

Our keynote speakers, NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, MD, MPH, and Bruce Spiegelman, PhD, Professor of Cell Biology at Harvard, were both excellent and extremely relevant to the issues we face today. Dr. Bruce Wolfe gave a fascinating and insightful Edward E. Mason Founder's Lecture on bariatric surgery and the NIH. I could not have been happier with the content and substance of what surely will become an even bigger and better event in years to come.

An important goal for my presidency is to grow the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. To date, we continue to only provide effective life-saving treatment for less than 1 percent of eligible individuals with severe obesity. I plan to develop an outreach campaign to patients with severe obesity and also to our medical colleagues emphasizing the safety and long-term effectiveness of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

As your new ASMBS president I couldn't be more energized to help us identify and  seize every opportunity and face any challenge. But I also know that any success we do achieve, is achieved together.  With your support and active engagement in the ASMBS and the ASMBS Foundation, we can accomplish great things that advance the care and treatment of people with obesity and improve access to lifesaving treatments like metabolic and bariatric surgery. The ASMBS is your organization. Please get involved in the many important committees work and let us know your ideas, how we can improve and how we can grow
our organization.

I look forward to a great year and wish you and your families the happiest of Thanksgivings.