Chapter Information

Incorporated June 2009

Mission Statement

The main mission of the Florida State Chapter is to improve access to care to all members in our region with the support and Collaboration of the ASMBS. We also want the chapter to enhance the interaction and communication among members within the region, as well as assist the practitioners in our state with their difficulties in providing care to the Bariatric patient.

Executive Officers

President: Samuel Szomstein, MD FASMBS
Past President: Michel Murr, MD
Vice President: Muhammad A. Jawad, MD FASMBS
Treasurer: Nestor F. de la Cruz-Munoz, MD
Secretary: John P. Gonzalvo, DO FASMBS
Integrated Health Chair: Lynne Thompson, BA RN CBN
Integrated Health Co-Chair: Lillian Craggs-Dino DHA RDN LDN CLT
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Joseph Cheblis, MD FASMBS

Board of Directors

George S. Webb, MD FASMBS
Patrick W. Domkowski, MD PhD FASMBS
Tiffany M. Jessee, DO

Contact

Samuel Szomstein, MD FASMBS
Florida ASMBS State Chapter
2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
Weston, FL 33331

Chapter Meetings

  • Florida State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6:15-7:15pm Central
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Eglinton Room

  • Bariatric Advocacy Training: Access to care for bariatric patients is something that affects every bariatric surgery program in Florida! Join your Florida colleagues at one of the events listed below as we work together on a common cause that will benefit everyone! The ASMBS Florida Chapter, in conjunction with the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), is holding two Advocacy Training Sessions to train our Florida Chapter Members, and any member of the Florida Bariatric Community, to influence the legislative process. The sessions are designed for attendees who have an interest in learning more about the legislative and regulatory processes and explores ways they can make a difference through advocacy on the local, state and federal levels. During this training session, you will learn from Joe Nadglowski, OAC’s President and CEO, Chris Gallagher, ASMBS’ Policy Consultant and other policy thought leaders about how to interact with your elected and appointed officials so that you can be an effective advocate for change. And before it’s over, you will have the opportunity to put your newly-learned advocacy skills to use during mock legislative visits and experience advocating for access to obesity treatments, obesity awareness and much more!

    January 22, 2016
    8:00am – 1:00pm (Lunch included)
    Cleveland Clinic
    2950 Cleveland Clinic Boulevard
    Weston, FL 33331

    January 29, 2016
    8:00am – 1:00pm (Lunch included)
    Baptist Medical Center
    800 Prudential Drive
    Jacksonville, FL 32207

  • Annual Meeting will be held in February 2016 will be held in either Boca Raton or Weston, FL (CME Activity) – TBD

  • June 19, 2014 in Miami, FL – This event was held during ASMBS Spring Educational meeting (CME Activity)
    • The Florida State Chapter was please & excited to welcome Dr. Nussbaum, Chair of the State Chapter Presidents; Joe Nadglowski, President & CEO of Obesity Action Coalition and many other exciting speakers to a very informative and well organized meeting
    • Several topics and aspects on how to improve and established a State Chapter were discussed and participation was very encouraging

Chapter Updates and Activities

  • Statewide Pedometer Challenge 2nd Edition (Date TBD February–March 2017)

  • March 2016: 3rd Installment of Florida Chapter Newsletter circulated

  • Multi-center Bariatric Journal Video Conferences: Two in 2015 and hoping to do more (every 3 months) (Jawad, Szomstein MD)

  • October 24, 2015: South Florida Walk for Obesity Event hosted by Cleveland Clinic Florida, the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation and the ASMBS Florida State Chapter

    • With the support of the Florida State Chapter and the ASMBS Foundation, The Cleveland Clinic of Weston did their first obesity walk. It was an amazing success, thanks to the energetic efforts of Lillian Craggs-Dino and her team. Over 100 walkers participated in the event raising $11,366 for the ASMBS Foundation.
    • Where: Tree Tops Park, 3900 SW 100 Avenue, Davie, FL 33328
  • September 24, 2015: Quarterly Educational Dinner for ALL Florida State Chapter members

    • Topic: Anti-Obesity Medications: An Update on the Options Available in 2015
    • Speaker: Stephen E. m. R. O’Brien, M.D., Senior Obesity Medical Liaison, Novo Nordisk, Inc.
    • Where: Tarantella Ristorante, 1755 Bell Tower Lane, Weston, FL 33326
    • 24 members attended
  • Several Advocacy efforts/letters (Chebli, Rosenthal, English, Szomstein)

  • February 22, 2015: Statewide Pedometer Challenge: over 6 million steps and more than 38 Centers registered across Florida:

    • Over 3 times the amount of steps and participation than expected at no financial cost
    • First activity of its kind; nationwide startup National Pedometer Challenge by ASMBS to be held late 2015
  • Fall/Winter 2015: “Day in Bariatric Surgery” at the Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL to promote, advocate, and introduce bariatrics to legislators/insurance company executives (Rosenthal, Szomstein)

Support Groups

Brandon Regional Hospital
Florida Hospital Tampa
Tampa General Hospital
BayCare Hospital System
Tampa Bariatrics
Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Advocacy Information