The ASMBS gives members an opportunity to be involved in committees that impact research, education, patient access, reimbursement, technologic innovation, communication and public service.

Access to Care Committee

Chair: John D. Scott, MD FASMBS Co-Chairs: Teresa LaMasters, MD FASMBS and C. Joe Northup, MD EC Liaison: John Morton, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The Access to Care Committee has the principal mission to assist patients affected by metabolic disease and obesity in obtaining appropriate, safe and effective medical care. Learn More

Awards Committee

Chair: John Morton, MD Co-Chair: Raul Rosenthal, MD
Staff Liaison: Jennifer Wynn

Bariatric Surgery Training Committee

Chair: Corrigan McBride, MD Co-Chair: Keith Gersin, MD EC Liaison: Ranjan Sudan, MD
Staff Liaison: Martha Lindsey

The Bariatric Surgery Training Committee is responsible for designing guidelines and resources for metabolic and bariatric surgery training and fellowship programs. It also certifies that trainees have received adequate training through validation of their experience and the development and continuous updating of examinations. Learn More

Clinical Issues Committee

Chair: Julie Kim, MD Co-Chair: Ann Rogers, MD EC Liaison: Shanu Kothari, MD
Staff Liaison: Martha Lindsey

The mission of the Clinical Issues Committee is to create evidence-based guidelines and position statements regarding clinical issues to enhance quality in bariatric surgery, patient care and to support ASMBS member practice. Learn More

Communications Committee

Chair: Richard Peterson, MD Co-Chair: Neil Floch, MD EC Liaison: Ranjan Sudan, MD
Staff Liaison: Reba Liddy Hernandez

The aim of the Communications Committee is to facilitate communication between the ASMBS and its members, potential members and the public. This includes making recommendations on new opportunities and technologies to enhance communications; working with the ASMBS staff to develop methods for timely identification of pertinent journal articles, special reports, media events, and Society activities appropriate for promotion; and maintaining active communication channels with the ASMBS President and the Executive Council. Learn More

Community/Independent Practice Committee

Chair: Rami Lutfi, MD FASMBS Co-Chair: Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS Co-Chair: Alan Wittgrove, MD FASMBS EC Liaison: Rami Lutfi, MD
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The Community/Independent Practice Committee is composed of surgeons who work to serve their community, primarily focusing on the clinical aspects of bariatric surgery. They are in private practice or are employed by community hospitals or nonacademic health care systems. Learn More

Emerging Technology and Procedure Committee

Chair: Erik Wilson, MD FASMBS Co-Chair: Dean Mikami, MD EC Liaison: Aurora Pryor, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The Emerging Technology and Procedures Committee advises the Executive Council, other committees and the general membership about new technologies and procedures and how these may impact current and future care of patients. The goal of the committee is to not only evaluate these technologies and procedures, but also to better educate our members on how they can evaluate and possibly incorporate them into practice. Learn More

Ethical Advisory Committee

Chair: Kenneth MacDonald, MD
Staff Liaison: Jennifer Wynn

The Ethical Advisory Committee acts as an advisory board for the Executive Council and the ASMBS President.

Flexible Endoscopy Committee

Chair: Bipan Chand, MD FASMBS Co-Chairs: Matthew Kroh, MD FASMBS and Dean Mikami, MD EC Liaison: Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Linnea Erickson Learn More

The mission of the Flexible Endoscopy Committee of ASMBS is to examine methods of training, clinical applications, and research for existing and evolving endoscopic therapies in the treatment of the patient with obesity.

General and Foregut Surgery Committee

Chair: Anthony Petrick, MD FASMBS Co-Chairs: Aurora Pryor, MD FASMBS and Ranjan Sudan, MD FASMBS EC Liaison: Ranjan Sudan, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Linnea Erickson

The mission of the General and Foregut Surgery Committee is to develop evidence-based guidelines and identify unique diagnostic and treatment strategies required for the management of general surgical and foregut disease in patients undergoing metabolic and bariatric surgical procedures. Learn More

Insurance Committee

Chair: Helmuth Billy, MD Co-Chair: Ashutosh Kaul, MD FASMBS EC Liaison: Wayne English, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The Insurance Committee bridges the gap between the details of insurance coverage and coding and the practicing surgeon. We focus on education of the surgeon and office administrative staff on the trends and changes in insurance coverage, coding and insurance access. The committee acts as a liaison between the ASMBS, insurers and CMS on the specifics of coverage for bariatric procedures. Learn More

International Development Committee

Chair: Natan Zundel, MD Co-Chairs: Homero Rivas, MD and Samuel Szomstein, MD EC Liaison: Samer Mattar, MD
Staff Liaison: Amie Buehler

The ASMBS International Development Committee works to integrate international members from around the world by developing relationships between the ASMBS and its members with organizations and institutions in foreign countries with similar goals and activities; facilitating international collaboration and cooperation to advance the treatment of obesity through education, research and policy initiatives; and maintaining an active relationship with the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases. Learn More

Membership Committee

Chair: Anthony Petrick, MD Co-Chair: Keith Scharf, MD and Vafa Shayani, MD EC Liaison: Aurora Pryor, MD
Staff Liaison: Amie Buehler

The function of the Membership Committee is to act as a liaison for members to ensure needs of membership are being met by the society, address member concerns, review membership applications, assist applicants in the application process when necessary, facilitate the FASMBS program, stimulate membership, and ensure access of members to society benefits. Learn More

Military Committee

Chair: Eric Ahnfeldt, DO FACS FASMBS Co-Chair: Gordon Wisbach, MD MBA FACS FASMBS EC Liaison: Stacy Brethauer, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The Military Committee supports the uniformed services and their members through ASMBS to provide a collaborative forum committed to improving the care of the bariatric patient within the military/Tricare system and advancing of the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery through a robust research consortium. This committee’s focus is to establish a collective within MTFs, create uniform pathways among centers, and have MBSAQIP participation from sites. Learn More

Obesity Prevention

Chair: Steven Archer, MD Co-Chair: Robert Woodbury, MD EC Liaison: Aurora Pryor, MD
Staff Liaison: Reba Liddy Hernandez

The ASMBS Obesity Prevention Committee advocates for, educates, and empowers individuals and families, healthcare providers, public policy framers and society at large to work across generations to realize lifestyles, healthcare strategies and public policies that prevent obesity. Learn More

Pathway for Approval of New Devices and Procedures Committee

Chair: Samer Mattar, MD EC Liaison: Samer Mattar, MD
Staff Liaison: Jennifer Wynn

Pediatric Surgery Committee

Chair: Janey Pratt, MD FASMBS Co-Chairs: Kirk Reichard, MD and Bradley Linden, MD FASMBS EC Liaison: Samer Mattar, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Linnea Erickson

The mission of the Pediatric Surgery Committee is to develop, foster and promote best care practices and resources for the pediatric/adolescent bariatric surgery patient. The Pediatric Committee has continued to carry out its strategic mission in response to the increasing prevalence of severe obesity within the adolescent population and associated rise in the number of weight loss surgeries being performed as a result of this public health crisis. Learn More

Program Committee

Chair: Natan Zundel, MD Co-Chair: Shanu Kothari, MD EC Liaison: Shanu Kothari, MD
Staff Liaison: Stephenie Anderson

The Program Committee is responsible for developing and arranging all of the annual educational events for the ASMBS with the annual conference being the primary educational event. The committee identifies needs, professional gaps, and barriers; reviews and grades submitted abstracts; selects relevant topics and educational design; secures guest speakers; contributes to the development of overall conference programming. Learn More

Public Education Committee

Chair: Joshua Alley, MD Co-Chair: Valerie Halpin, MD EC Liaison: Marina Kurian, MD
Staff Liaison: Reba Liddy Hernandez

The Public Education Committee is responsible for educating the public on bariatric surgery via printed and web-based materials as well as through the media, including radio, newspaper, television and journals. Learn More

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee

Chair: Dana Telem, MD FASMBS Co-Chair: Jon Gould, MD FASMBS EC Liaison: Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The Patient Safety Committee supports the mission and values of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons by promoting continuous improvement in patient safety and risk reduction. These goals are achieved by the integration and coordination of patient safety initiatives of member surgeons. Learn More

Research Committee

Chair: Mohamed Ali, MD Co-Chair: Ali Aminian, MD EC Liaison: Michel Gagner, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Linnea Erickson

The mission of the Research Committee is to advance the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by advocating clinical and basic science research. Learn More

Rural Committee

Chair: Luis Garcia, MD Co-Chair: Kevin Helling, MD EC Liaison:
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The mission of the Rural Surgery Committee is to represent the rural bariatric surgical practices, foster and promote best care practices, identify challenges unique to the rural setting, and facilitate potential solutions. Learn More

State and Local Chapters Committee

Chair: Rachel Moore, MD FASMBS Co-Chair: Teresa LaMasters, MD FASMBS and Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS EC Liaison: Rachel Moore, MD FASMBS
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The State and Local Chapters Committee is charged with promoting the ASMBS state chapter initiative and advancing the work of the chapters. They are responsible for reviewing applications and charter agreements, assisting chapters in the formation process, and ongoing monitoring of chapter activities. Learn More

Video Committee

Chair: Alan Saber, MD Co-Chairs: Arthur Carlin, MD and Timothy Ehrilch, MD EC Liaison: Ninh Nguyen, MD
Staff Liaison: Sara Bayles

The Video Committee is charged with advancing the surgical techniques for metabolic & bariatric surgery and improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases. They are responsible for creating and continuously updated the ASMBS Video Library and organizing video presentations for ASMBS Educational Meetings. Learn More

Integrated Health (IH) Committees

IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee

Chairs: Allison Grupski, PhD Co-Chair: Katie Chapmon, MS, RD, ACE-CPT IHEC Liaison: Stephanie Sogg, PhD
Staff Liaison: Martha Lindsey

The mission of the IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee is to create evidence-based guidelines and position statements with focus on clinical issues related to the integrated multidisciplinary team as well as issues related to the individual Integrated Health disciplines with the goal of enhancing the safety, quality and outcomes of bariatric and metabolic surgical patient care. Learn More

IH Communications Committee

Chair: Amanda B. Cross, BSE, CPT, LWMC Co-Chair: John Archibeque, MSN, MBA, CBSGL, RN, CBN IHEC Liaison: Nate Sann, FNP-BC, MSN
Staff Liaison: Reba Liddy Hernandez

The aim of the Integrated Health Communications committee is to facilitate communication within AMSBS integrated health membership, between integrated health and surgeon members, and with potential members. This includes communicating in outside forums, moderating communication over official forums, and ensuring that relevant integrated health is available to all members. Learn More

IH Program and Professional Education Committee

Chair: Maureen Quigley, MSN, APRN Co-Chair: Leslie Heinberg, PhD IHEC Liaison: Karen Flanders, MSN, CBN, NP-C
Staff Liaison: Stephenie Anderson

The mission of the IH Program and Professional Education Committee is to promote and support development of accredited post-professional education programs that advance the skills, clinical practices, and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize outcomes, and improve patients’ quality of life. Membership will include representation from the five major disciplines of the Integrative Health Membership. Learn More

IH Membership Committee

Chair: Adam Dungey, BSN, RN Co-Chair: Colleen Berg, FNP-C, CBN IHEC Liaison: Lynn Bolduc, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Staff Liaison: Amie Buehler

The function of the IH Membership Committee is to act as liaison for members to ensure needs of membership are being met by the society, address member concerns, review membership applications, assist applicants in the application process when necessary, stimulate membership, and ensure access of members to society benefits. Learn More

IH Multidisciplinary Care Committee

Chair: Michelle Lent, PhD IHEC Liaison: Sue Cummings, MS, RD
Staff Liaison: Christine Hawn

The mission of the committee is to provide evidence-based support for the role of the team members in the care of long-term success of the bariatric surgical patient. The committee is comprised of each integrated team member including exercise, behavioral health, nursing, nutrition, surgery, and obesity medicine. Learn More

IH Support Group Committee

Chair: Paul Davidson, PhD Co-Chair: Francine Broder, PsyD IHEC Liaison: Laura Andromalos, MS, RD, LDN Staff Liaison: Reba Liddy Hernandez

The mission of the Support Group committee is to promote the development of the concept of support groups in the care of bariatric surgical patient identify the needs of support group leaders and develop strategies to meet these needs identify, develop and distribute resources for support groups and support group leaders, and encourage the exchange of ideas and networking among support group leaders. Learn More

IH CBN Certification Committee

Chair: William Gourash, MSN, CRNP Co-Chair: Jessie M. Moore, APRN IHEC Liaison: Lisa Luz, MSN, RN, CBN Staff Liaison: Christine Hawn

The CBN Certification Committee is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the specialty of bariatric nursing care by maintaining the CBN certification program. Learn More

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