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Chapter Information

Incorporated May 2012

Executive Officers

President: Aziz Benbrahim, MD
Vice President: Neil Floch, MD
Past President: Jonathan Aranow, MD
Secretary/Treasurer: Abe Fridman, MD
Integrated Health Chair: Sally Strange, PhD RN CBN
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Darren Tishler, MD FASMBS
Executive Director: Katy Dunay

Board Members

Aziz Benbrahim, MD FASMBS
Neil Floch, MD
Jonathan Aranow, MD
Abe Fridman, DO FASMBS
Geoffrey Nadzam, MD FASMBS
Darren Tishler, MD FASMBS
Sally Strange, PhD RN CBN

Chapter Meetings

  • State Chapter Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA:
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6pm-7pm Central Time
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras Street, NOLA 70130, Room TBD

  • 9/14/16 Meeting for new Member at Large and Treasurer/Secretary acceptance (elections to be held prior via survey)

  • Summer Meeting June 2, 2016 at Trumbull Kitchen – resident presentations; Guest Dr. Raul Rosenthal, ASMBS President; 6/3/16 Grand Rounds with Dr. Rosenthal sponsored by chapter at Hartford Hospital

  • Northeast Regional ASMBS Meeting in conjunction with the New York State Chapter
    May 5-6, 2016

    • May 5th from 6:00PM-8:45PM
    • May 6th from 7:30AM-6PM
      New York Academy of Medicine
      1216 5th Avenue
      New York, NY 10029
  • Spring Meeting March 14, 2016 – discussion of upcoming CTASC for presentations

  • State Chapter Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #305

    • Bylaw amendments passed; membership amounts approved; Executive Director position discussed; partnership opportunity with New England Chapter discussed; elections for upcoming year discussed/ballot disclosed at future date
  • Spring Meeting May 14, 2015

  • Chapter Annual Meeting on November 5, 2014 at ObesityWeek in Boston, MA

Chapter Updates

  • Discussing Obesity Walk for 2017 in collaboration with Bristol Hospital, develop greater media presence (Dr. Neil Floch)

  • State of CT – STAR update shows that all work in the state is on hold due to an impasse with the state; there will be no extra spending on healthcare due to the poor state of the economy and budgetary limitations

  • Bristol Hospital Walk from Obesity October 2016 – all practices/members encouraged to participate with patient/staff/practice

  • Connecticut is one of the few New England states that is a “no coverage” state in the Affordable Care Act – work to change:

    • Political actions
    • Patients with no coverage speaking out
  • Formalization of elections and membership

Support Groups

Local programs per hospital – please contact your hospital for more information

Advocacy Information

View the Connecticut Essential Health Benefits Toolkit