News and Notes


Published in October Issue             

Dr. John Morton 2017 Recipient of ASMBS Foundation Outstanding Achievement Award

The ASMBS Foundation will bestow its 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award to past ASMBS President John Morton, MD, MPH, FACS, FASMBS. The accolade honors a member of ASMBS who supports the goals and vision of the ASMBS Foundation, has displayed a lasting impression and selfless commitment to the ASMBS organization and has made significant contributions to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Morton is Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine. Dr. Morton’s research focuses on quality improvement and bariatric surgery. He led five site FDA Pivotal Trials and has received funding from NIH and Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. The ASMBS Foundation will honor Dr. Morton during the LEAD Awards luncheon at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Monday, Oct. 30 from 12-1:30pm during ObesityWeek 2017. To learn more about Dr. Morton and the LEAD Awards, click here.

ASMBS Foundation Honors Leaders in Bariatric Surgery at ObesityWeek 2017

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

  • 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

This year’s gathering will be held at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, Monday, Oct. 30 from 12-1:30pm. To learn more about the LEAD Awards and 2017 honorees, click here.

First Ever Bariatric Surgery Day is Thursday, November 2nd

The first ever Bariatric Surgery Day will be held on Thursday, November 2nd as part of National Obesity Care Week’s (NOCW), Oct. 29th – Nov. 4th, concurrent to ObesityWeek 2017. There are many ways care providers can participate in Bariatric Surgery Day, a day devoted to highlighting the ways bariatric surgery has helped people affected by the disease of obesity: you can help those seeking information about bariatric surgery by answering questions online via a Twitter chat, or by sharing patients’ success stories via your hospital/practice website and social media. To learn more about ways to take part in Bariatric Surgery Day, click here. ASMBS, along with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), The Obesity Society (TOS) and the STOP Obesity Alliance created NOCW to raise awareness of the disease of obesity, its treatments and issues surrounding access to care. Learn more about NOCW by clicking here.

2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act Surpasses 110 Co-Sponsors in U.S. House of Representatives

The 2017 Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) surpassed 110 co-sponsors in the U.S. House of Representatives with a total of 111 legislators supporting the Act. This critical legislation will provide Medicare beneficiaries with additional treatment tools to help seniors address their obesity. The bill provides the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) with the authority to expand the Medicare benefit for intensive behavioral counseling by allowing additional types of qualified healthcare providers to offer these services, while also allowing the agency to expand Medicare Part D to provide coverage of FDA-approved prescription drugs for chronic weight management. To learn more about the act and contact your elected officials today, please click here.

IFSO Announces 23rd World Congress to be held in Dubai September 2018

The 23rd World Congress of the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO) will be held Sept. 26 – Sept. 28, 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The 2018 conference will bring together world leaders in metabolic and bariatric surgery to share their experiences, expertise and knowledge to seek practical solutions in their search to eradicate and manage this epidemic. To learn more about IFSO’s 23rd World Congress, click here.