Dr. Ponce's Blog
The ASMBS 30th Anniversary

Published in September 2013 Issue             

From its inception 30 years ago, the ASMBS has played a significant role in advancing metabolic and bariatric surgery and continues to make strides in realizing its vision of improving public health and well being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world. Who would have thought when Dr. Edward Mason met with colleagues back in 1983, the procedures they discussed and the society they would ultimately form would change the landscape of obesity treatment forever?

To commemorate its 30th anniversary and the achievements of the bariatric community, the ASMBS will chronicle its significant milestones and the meaningful impact they have had on a range of stakeholders including our members, patients and their families, health professionals, hospitals and industry. Our goal is to pay homage to our past, connect it to our present, and lay the foundation for our future.

We have established a 30th Anniversary Task Force, who for the last few months has been busy gathering remembrances and creating ways for our membership to participate in this 30-year milestone, which will culminate in Atlanta during ObesityWeek 2013.

Central to our efforts is the launch of www.asmbs30.org, a commemorative website that will document our history in a variety of ways. This site will be continually updated with words and pictures from our past and will honor those who paved our way and upon whose shoulders we stand. ASMBS members will be invited to submit video wishes and remembrances from the past 30 years that we will post on the site and display at ObesityWeek. We will have a virtual candle that can be lit with a contribution to the ASMBS Foundation, an organization that has supported our progress and helped us fulfill our mission. Keep checking into the website for updates.

There is another important anniversary we must commemorate this year. It was 20 years ago -- October 27, 1993 -- that the first laparoscopic gastric bypass was performed by ASMBS past president Dr. Alan Wittgrove. Dr. Wittgrove will be honored for his groundbreaking achievement and his other significant contributions to the field by the ASMBS Foundation at its 1st Annual L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon (Leadership, Education, Advancement, Dedication), where he will receive the 2013 Outstanding Achievement Award. I encourage everyone to attend for what surely will be a fun and historic evening. All proceeds from the event will go to the ASMBS Foundation. To reserve your spot, please visit http://www.asmbsfoundation.org/events/events.html.

I will see you there.