ASMBS Committees | Get Involved
The ASMBS gives members an opportunity to be involved in committees that impact research, education, patient access, reimbursement, technologic innovation, communication and public service. If you’re a member of a committee, visit My Collaborations for your committee’s secure discussion group. If you’re an ASMBS member who is interested in joining a committee, please fill out this form.
The ASMBS Committees are:
Access to Care
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.
Bariatric Surgery Training
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
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.
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.
Development Liaison Group
The mission of the Development Liaison Group is to provide unencumbered access tobariatric and metabolic procedures, to patients with profound medical conditions that has proven to benefit from our procedures.
Emerging Technology and Procedures
The Emerging Technology and Procedures Committee advises the Executive Council, other committees and the general membership of 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.
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.
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.
The function of the Membership Committee is to act as liaisons 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
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.
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.
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.
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; i.e. radio, newspaper, television and journals.
The mission of the Research Committee is to advance the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by advocating clinical and basic science research.
State and Local Chapters
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.
Integrated Health Sciences Section
Integrated Health Membership
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.
Integrated Health Clinical Issues And Guidelines
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
Integrated Health Communications
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.
Integrated Health Professional Education
The mission of the IH 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 IHSS.
Integrated Health Multidisciplinary Care
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.
Integrated Health Support Group Committee
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.
Integrated Health Nominating Committee
Integrated Health CBN Certification Committee
The CBN Certification Committee is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the specialty of bariatric nursing care by maintaining the CBN certification program.