News and Notes


Published in November Issue             

Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy, MD Visits ObesityWeek

Bill Cassidy, MD, U.S. Senator for Louisiana, who serves on the Health Education Labor & Pensions (HELP), Energy and Natural Resources, Appropriations, Veterans Affairs and Joint Economic Committees paid a visit to the ASMBS Obesity Political Action Committee to provide his insights on obesity in America. Several ASMBS members were given a private audience and listened as the senator discussed the importance of more fully and effectively engaging Congress in fighting the obesity epidemic. The Senator says bariatric surgery provides a winning argument considering it not only helps patients clinically, but according to research, which he says he just learned about at ObesityWeek, it pays for itself within about two years. Senator Cassidy says now’s the time to bring that message to Congress as it looks for ways to cut costs without compromising care. According to the senator, you will have a receptive audience and “I don’t know how to tell you with enough intensity that your involvement is incredibly important.” Dr. Morton, who called the senator an obesity champion, said the senator can expect some visits and calls from members.

ASMBS Foundation’s Annual LEAD Awards

The ASMBS Foundation’s annual LEAD Awards brings together members of the ASMBS and the healthcare industry to honor individuals who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

  • Bruce M. Wolfe, MD – Outstanding Achievement
  • David A. Provost, MD –Patient Safety and Quality
  • Rudolf A. Weinder, MD, PhD – Excellence in Clinical Care
  • Susan M. Cummings, MS, RD – Excellence in Nutrition
  • Ninh T. Nguyen, MD – Master Educator
  • Michel Gagner, MD – Surgical Innovation
  • Gary Richardson – Distinguished Industry Partner
  • Wendy King, PhD – IH Circle of Excellence

Dr. John Morton also received the first Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Award at the Lead Luncheon (pictured left to write with Dr. Nguyen with his master educator award). ASMBS Research Grants were awarded to Lauren Bradley, PhD and Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD.

The 2016 Lead Award Sponsors included:

  • Platinum: Bariatric Advantage; Ethicon; Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital; Gore; and Medtronic
  • Gold: Olympus
  • Silver: novo nordisk

Walking or Marching from Obesity in New Orleans at ObesityWeek 2016

The ASMBS Foundation organized a Jazz March through the streets of New Orleans to honor Walk from Obesity event leaders volunteers, leaders and sponsors. A traditional second line jazz band led the ASMBS band of revelers, which included Dr. Raul Rosenthal, Dr. John Morton, and Dr. Shanu Kothari.

Big Things Coming from New ASMBS Integrated Health Executive Council

SAVE THE DATE! IFSO2017 World Congress to be Held in London
August 29th – September 2nd

The 22nd World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) begins August 29, 2017 in central London at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre. The conference attracts more than 2,000 experts each year to learn about the latest advancements in metabolic and bariatric surgery and to exchange ideas on meeting the challenges of obesity treatment. The IFSO2017 World Congress program schedule will feature 5 days of multidisciplinary symposia for surgeons, physicians, psychologists, anaesthetists, plastic surgeons, dieticians and primary care doctors.

Abstract submissions will be accepted beginning December 1, 2016. Early bird registration opens the same day. Visit for more information.

President and CEO of OAC Receives TOS Presidential Medal
of Distinction for Leadership in Obesity Treatment Advocacy

President and CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), Joseph Nadglowski, was awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction from The Obesity Society (TOS). The Presidential Medal is given to individuals who have made an impact on the care for people with obesity through their outstanding and enduring public service, advocacy efforts and/or scientific achievements. Nadglowski was honored during a ceremony held at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, where U.S. Senators Bill Cassidy, MD (Louisiana) and Thomas Carper (Delaware) also received medals for their support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act.
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