News and Notes


Published in September 2013 Issue             


Dr. Kimberly Steele Named 2013 ASMBS Foundation Research
Grant Recipient


The ASMBS Research Committee selected Kimberly E. Steele, MD, of Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center as, the 2013 recipient of the ASMBS Foundation Research Grant for a research proposal titled, “Neurobiologic Alterations Induced by Bariatric Surgery: The Gut-Brain Axis and its Relationship to Weight Loss.” Dr. Steele will accept the $50,000 research grant award at a ceremony held at ObesityWeek 2013 in Atlanta. Dr. Steele is an assistant professor of minimally-invasive and bariatric surgery at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed a surgical residency at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a fellowship in minimally-invasive surgery at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The ASMBS Foundation Research Grant Award Program works to stem the obesity crisis by sponsoring scientific grants for research into obesity. Click here for more information.


Missouri State Chapter President, Dr. Christopher Eagon, Visits
Capitol Hill


Chris Eagon, MD, ASMBS Missouri State Chapter President and associate professor at Washington University School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, visited Washington, D.C. recently to speak with the health affairs Legislative Assistants (LA) of 10 U.S. senators and the Senate Finance Committee about CMS’ recent proposed decision to remove the requirement for Medicare patients to receive bariatric surgical care at ASMBS or ACS accredited centers. Dr. Eagon’s discussions with these “young, bright, and inquisitive” Senate advisors focused on the current state of the medical literature relevant to CMS. He also shared personal insights and experiences as a practicing bariatric surgeon during the past eight years as accreditation was implemented. “I am optimistic… [there] are some intelligent, hard-working, focused advisors who hopefully will impart some of that reason and knowledge upon our elected officials to effect positive change,”  Dr. Eagon said. He also urges other members of ASMBS to work with Chris Gallagher, Director of the ASMBS Washington Office, to arrange legislative visits with state congressional delegations saying, “It will be a real eye-opener.”


You Don't Want to Miss These ASMBS Events at ObesityWeek!


Here are some key sessions hosted by the ASMBS at the fast approaching ObesityWeek in Atlanta, GA November 11-16 you’ll want to check out:


*ASMBS Top 10 Papers Session (Wednesday, November 13th 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm)

    Co-Moderators: Jaime Ponce, MD, FACS, FASMBS and Ninh Nguyen, MD, FACS, FASMBS

*Symposium VI: Live Bariatric Surgery Telecast (Friday, November 15th 8:00 am - 9:45 am)

    Co-Moderators: Ninh Nguyen, MD, FACS, FASMBS and Daniel Herron, MD, FACS

  • Titus Duncan, MD, FACS, FASMBS will perform a gastric bypass for patient discharge within 23 hours.
  • Nestor de la Cruz-Munoz, MD, FACS, FASMBS will perform a revisional procedure.
  • Drake Bellanger, MD, FACS will perform a sleeve gastrectomy procedure for patient discharge within 23 hours.

*Symposium IX: Decreasing Readmissions - the First MBSAQIP Quality Collaborative (Saturday, November 16th 10:30 am - 12:30 pm)

    Co-Moderators: John Morton, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Matt Hutter, MD, MPH, FACS; William
    Inabnet, III, MD, FACS; Raul Rosenthal, MD, FACS, FASMBS

For more information about events for surgeon and physician members, visit the online schedule.


Obesity Action Coalition’s 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention Breaks Attendance Records


The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)’s 2nd Annual Your Weight Matters National Convention broke attendance records after more than 370 individuals from 32 states came to Phoenix for the event. Education, advocacy and support, the core principles of the OAC’s mission, were fully represented during this year’s convention, tagged “YWM2013” across social media. “The education at this year’s Convention was truly unbelievable. As a speaker, I was able to see first-hand how this Convention changed lives,” said Robert Kushner, MD, Convention Program Agenda Co-Chair. Speaker Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and nutritionist for the Chicago Cubs, also offered advice to help people lose weight and keep their bodies healthy. “It's preplanning your grocery list. It’s being in the grocery store and buying foods that nourish your body. It's eating mindfully,” she told the audience. “Those are really good things that when you do them, it's treating yourself right.” In other words, you deserve to feel good and look good, Blatner says.

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