News and Notes


Published in November Issue             

Share the ASMBS Treat Your Obesity Whiteboard Videos to Help Dispel Misconceptions about Bariatric Surgery

Under the leadership of Past President Dr. Stacy Brethauer, ASMBS released three educational videos aimed at helping people better understand bariatric surgery. The ASMBS Treat Your Obesity Whiteboard Videos dispel misconceptions about the disease of obesity and tackle the myths surrounding bariatric surgery. ASMBS invites everyone to share these consumer-friendly videos on social media and practice websites. Watch the videos on the ASMBS Patient Learning Center and click here to learn how to share them on your website, Facebook and Twitter.

ASMBS Foundation Honors Leaders in Bariatric Surgery at ObesityWeek 2017

Each year, the ASMBS Foundation honors individuals who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery during its annual LEAD Awards luncheon. Award recipients honored at the 2017 ceremony include:

  • John M. Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS– Outstanding Achievement Award
  • Natan Zundel, MD, FACS, FASMBS– Master Educator Award
  • Robin Blackstone, MD, FACS, FASMBS– Dr. Ronald Clements Patient Safety and
    Quality Award
  • Nina Crowley, PhD, RD, LD – Excellence in Nutrition Award
  • Francesco Rubino, MD– Surgical Innovation Award
  • David Provost, MD, FACS, FASMBS– Excellence in Clinical Care Award
  • Dale S. Bond, PhD – IH Circle of Excellence
  • Harvey Sugerman, MD – Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Healthcare Award
  • Richard Peterson, MD; Communications Committee- Surgeon's Committee of the Year
  • Stephanie Sogg, PhD; Integrated Health Clinical Issues Committee- IH's Committee of the Year

Click here to see pictures from this year’s gathering that was held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center on Monday, Oct. 30, and to learn more about the 2017 honorees, click here.

OAC Survey Finds Americans, Canadians Confused About What’s Available and Covered in Relation to Obesity Prevention and Treatment

In a survey of 9,517 adults in the U.S. and Canada, a majority of people said their health plan would not cover medical weight management, registered dietitians, obesity medications or bariatric surgery. The findings underscore the need for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA), said Joe Nadglowski, CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition, which conducted the survey. “Right now, the only widely available option for people in Medicare is bariatric surgery. TROA would open up other effective options for people who might not yet need or want surgery to get their obesity under control. FDA-approved medicines can make a big difference for the health of a person living with obesity. Likewise, expert help from a registered dietitian can be critical for overcoming obesity. When a health plan like Medicare excludes these science-based options, it puts them out of reach for many people.” Click here to read more about the survey results that were announced during ObesityWeek 2017.

Infographics from American Board of Obesity Medicine and STOP Obesity Alliance Highlights Increasing Incidence of Obesity-Related Cancers

Following the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that spotlighted an alarming increase in the incidence of obesity-related cancers, the ABOM and STOP Obesity Alliance created a series of infographics that underscore the link between excessive weight gain and increased risk of certain cancers. Click here to see them and learn more about new research on excessive weight gain, obesity and cancer.