A Note From the President

Published in November Issue             

Colleagues and Friends,

I hope you had a great meeting at ObesityWeek in New Orleans if you were able to attend. It was a great venue and the program was outstanding. Thanks to Michel Gagner and the program committee, as well as the ASMBS staff, for putting on another great event.

As I start my year as president, I want to acknowledge and thank Raul Rosenthal for his outstanding service to the society over the last year. He has left a lasting impact on the ASMBS leadership by bringing more representation into the Executive Council and providing the private practice and community surgeons a strong voice in the executive leadership.

I intend to continue these efforts and one of my main goals this year is to establish more mentorship and leadership paths for all our members, but particularly those in private practice who can add so much to the discussions and decision-making for our society.

We've kicked off our second national quality improvement project to pilot an enhanced recovery pathway in over 40 centers across the country with the long-term goal of making this available to all of our members who want to decrease variability, improve outcomes and length of stay, and reduce opioid use in their practices.

I expect this to be a year of collaboration with our bariatric medicine colleagues in TOS and OMA, our surgeon colleagues in SAGES and SSAT, and our GI colleagues. There is tremendous activity and potential with these groups that will certainly move all of us in the right direction for the care of our patients.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and get to spend some time with your families. Talk to you next month.

All the best,