ObesityWeek 2016 in Pictures


More than 5,000 attended ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans! Here’s a look at this year’s conference in pictures.

ObesityWeek 2016 Exhibit Hall

The ObesityWeek 2016 Exhibit Hall featured more than 265 booths showcasing the latest products, services and technologies in obesity treatment from companies and organizations from throughout the world. There was a steady flow of traffic as attendees saw and even experienced what’s new for patients with obesity and the health professionals who treat them.

ASMBS Foundation LEAD Awards Luncheon

The ASMBS Foundation’s annual LEAD Awards Luncheon was held on November 1, 2016 and featured a lively performance by New Orleans’ JOYFUL Gospel Choir. The annual luncheon honors individuals who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

ASMBS president Raul Rosenthal, MD, welcomes LEAD Awards luncheon attendees and introduces ASMBS immediate-past president John Morton, MD, recipient of The Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award for his exemplary dedication to mentoring, teaching and advising medical students in the practice of patient-centered care.

Dr. Rosenthal (left) and Marina Kurian, MD, (left), present Bruce Wolfe, MD, (center) with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his significant contributions to the ASMBS Foundation and the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

Kelvin Higa, MD, (left) and Aaron Lloyd, MPH, (far right) present Ninh Nguyen, MD, (center) with the Master Educator Award for excellence as an educator
and mentor in the field of bariatric surgery.

Susan M. Cummings, MS, RD, addresses attendees after receiving the Excellence in Nutrition Award for her significant contributions to pre-operative and/or
post-operative nutrition research.

David Provost, MD, (left) receives The Dr. Ronald H. Clements Patient Safety & Quality Award for his contributions to improving patient safety and quality of care to bariatric patients, which was presented to Dr. Provost by Eric DeMaria, MD (right).

Wendy King, PhD, (left) receives the the Circle of Excellence Award for her significant contribution to the Integrated Health Section of ASMBS, which was presented by ASMBS Integrated Health (IH) President Christine Bauer, MSN (right).

(Above) Ms. Bauer highlights the accomplishments of the ASMBS IH Section
over the past year during her Presidential Address.
(Below) Incoming ASMBS IH President Karen Flanders, MSN, (left) honors Ms. Bauer
for her dedication during her IH presidency.

ObesityWeek 2016 Keynote Speakers

Sadaf Farooqi, PhD, (above) from the University of Cambridge talked about the genetics of obesity as the ObesityWeek 2016 Opening Keynote Speaker. (Below from left to right)
Philip Schauer, MD, Chair of ObesityWeek, with Dr. Farooqi and
Pat O’Neil, PhD, Co-Chair of ObesityWeek.

ASMBS Integrated Health Keynote Speaker, Kelly Brownell, PhD, (above) Dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, talks about addressing obesity by changing environmental drivers through public policy initiatives.

Camillo Ricordi, MD, (above), Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of Miami, presents the ASMBS 2016 Mason Lecture on the “The perfect nutritional storm and its effect on obesity, chronic degenerative diseases and longevity.” Dr. Ricordi credits Dr. Rosenthal, who performed weight-loss surgery on Dr. Ricordi, for saving his life.

ASMBS Presidential Address and Passing of the Gavel

Dr. Rosenthal (above) highlights the accomplishments of the ASMBS over the past year and outlines a vision for the society moving forward during his Presidential Address.
(Below) Dr. Rosenthal passes the gavel to Stacy Brethauer, MD, the new ASMBS President.

AfterDark – Generations Hall The Metropolitan

ObesityWeek 2016 attendees from both ASMBS and TOS came together to relax, unwind, and celebrate a successful week of learning and networking at the AfterDark Reception.