ASMBS Presidential Message

Published in September/October 2015 Issue             

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope everyone had a great summer. I want to update you on some important initiatives in my September Presidential Message.

  1. OBESITYWEEK 2015: This year marks our 32nd Annual ASMBS Meeting and 3rd ObesityWeek on November 2-6, 2015. I want to give you a personal invitation to visit beautiful Los Angeles for fellowship and education. California is the birthplace of laparoscopic bariatric surgery and we plan on honoring that legacy with the many, below highlights. Only 50% of our membership comes to our ASMBS annual meeting and we need more of you here in California. Please make every effort to attend. We need you in the Golden State this November! Registration information can be found here.
  2. 32nd Annual ASMBS meeting

    • Record increase in abstracts: 55 oral abstracts and 273 poster presentations with 15 oral top poster presentations, 9 pre-conference courses for surgeons, 3 hands on labs, and 8 integrated health sessions including an MBSAQIP clinical reviewer course.
    • Courses on the intra-gastric balloon, sleeve gastrectomy, revisional surgery, endoscopy, integrating medical management, quality improvement and metabolic surgery.
    • Live surgery, see real-time experts in action—this is true reality TV!
    • Latin-American innovation session & Asian Low BMI session
    • Welcome Reception: California Science Center- don't miss the Space Shuttle Endeavor! AfterDark Party on Thursday will take place at the iconic Belasco Theater. Fellows of the ASMBS convocation is also Thursday night before the AfterDark Event with Red-Carpet Premiere of the winner of the ASMBS Film Festival Contest, It Starts Now
    • Keynote addresses including on Wednesday November 4 the Public Health Keynote by Loel Solomon, PhD and the Basic Science Keynote on Friday November 6 by Jan Nedergaard, PhD. On Thursday, our own ASMBS keynotes include the Mason Lecture delivered by Dr. Pierre Marceau, “Obesity as a Congenital Disease” and I will deliver my ASMBS Presidential Address, “Second Chances.”

  3. Fellow of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (FASMBS): This unique recognition of your skill, service and designation is now revitalized. Look for a special invitation to add FASMBS after your name. We will also recognize all new Fellows of ASMBS at the Fellows of the ASMBS convocation during ObesityWeek on Thursday November 5, 2015. This ceremony will also include for the first time the awarding of Honorary Fellows of ASMBS as well the presentation of the Mason Presidential Medal to all former ASMBS Presidents attending ObesityWeek 2015. Immediately following the ceremony will be the Red Carpet Premiere of the winner of the ASMBS Film Festival Contest, It Starts Now. Please become an FASMBS and attend ObesityWeek 2015!

  4. The Clinical Issues Committee has been very active. Please look to review the forthcoming position statement drafts for the Survival Benefit of Bariatric Surgery, Intra-Gastric Balloon, and Vagal Blockade. Also, look for a proposed process of societal approval of new procedures.

  5. Second Annual National Obesity Summit on the Provision of Care for the Obese Patient September 18-19: ASMBS again hosted this unique meeting of over 30 different medical societies to determine the best path forward on how to work together on providing obesity treatment to all specialties. Attendees included the American Medical Association, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and more. Deliverables from the summit include joint guidelines and symposium, an obesity App, educational curriculum, and legislative agenda. We look forward to continue to work together in addressing obesity. Many thanks to the co-chairs of the Obesity Summit, Stacy Brethauer and Shanu Kothari, as well as the other ASMBS representatives for the Obesity Summit: Ninh Nguyen, Raul Rosenthal, Alfons Pomp, Chris Bauer, and Karen Flanders.

  6. Submit Video: ASMBS has two different initiatives to raise awareness regarding bariatric surgery. Anyone can submit a five-minute video regarding obesity and its treatment to The winner receives $5000 and the video is premiered at ObesityWeek. Encourage friends, family, patients, students and/or anyone who is creative to submit a video to It Starts Now,

    Also, please encourage your patients to submit their own bariatric success story to This Time It Counts, Here patients can tell their story and perhaps encourage others to also take that first step towards better health. If you would like business cards directing patients to the website, contact ASMBS

  7. International Wrap-Up: Congratulations to ASMBS members Dr. Natan Zundel and Kelvin Higa on becoming the next two Presidents of the International Federation of Surgery for Obesity. Thanks to Stacy Brethauer, David Provost, Matt Hutter and Wayne English for presenting an ASMBS symposium at Chinese Surgical Society with 8000 attendees. Drs. Ninh Nguyen and Ranjan Sudan first initiated this China outreach.

  8. VOTE: This is your society and we need your voice. All the candidates running for Executive Council and Integrated Health offices are outstanding. Please vote using our online ballot system by September 25, and September 29 for Integrated
    Health members!

    John M. Morton, MD