Integrated Health President’s Corner

Published in October Issue             

Never, ever 17 years ago did I believe I would still be working in the field of bariatric surgery today. In fact, it was 2 surgeons who were looking for a part-time nurse practitioner, and I, just looking for employment as a nurse practitioner, that began my career in advanced practice. I thought bariatric surgery would be a stepping stone until I found my niche as an advanced healthcare provider. Little did I know that bariatric surgery would become my niche.

And never, ever 15 years ago did I believe I would be the Integrated Health President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. I joined because my surgeons thought it would be a good idea. But here I am still working in the field and just completing my first year as IH President of ASMBS.

I must thank several people who have been instrumental in my career in bariatric surgery. First and foremost, I am fortunate to have a family that is understanding and patient with the time and commitment my profession has imposed. I am also very grateful to the ASMBS staff for all of their assistance and guidance. I want to thank the past presidents who have left very large shoes for me to fill, but have also paved the way for me. Thank you to the all IH committee chairs, co-chairs and members for their dedication, commitment and hard work. I am also indebted to all the surgeons and colleagues I have worked with over the years who have taught me and believed in me. And last but not least, I am thankful to all of the IH membership for believing in our mission, goals and objectives, and trusting me to help lead the way.

On another note, I would like to congratulate Stephanie Sogg and Nate Sann on the recent election for the member-at-large positions on the Integrated Health Executive Council. Also, a big kudos to Dale Bond who was selected as the Circle of Excellence recipient for 2017. Please stay tuned for recipients to the other Integrated Health awards to be announced
at ObesityWeek.

And as always… please feel free to contact me with any ideas, suggestions or comments for future consideration at IH-President@asmbs.org.

Best,
Karen