Chapter Info

Incorporated 2008

Executive Officers

President: Catherine Boulay, MD FASMBS
Immediate Past President: Donald Yarbrough, MD
Past President: Kevin Reavis, MD
Vice President:
Secretary: Joshua D. Pfeiffer, MD
Treasurer: Valerie Halpin, MD FASMBS
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Valerie Halpin, MD FASMBS

Contact

Donald Yarbrough, MD
3517 NW Samaritan Dr., Suite 100
Corvallis, OR 97330
Email: dyarbrough@samhealth.org

Chapter Meetings

  • 2017 Fall Meeting, Salem, ASMBS Chapter Meeting, ACS Regional Meeting – assume same as below unless next officers add quarterly journal club (proposed but not yet agreed)

  • Oregon, Washington and Hawaii State Chapters Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA:
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6:15pm-7:15pm Central Time
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Grand Salon 6
    Combined Oregon/Washington/Hawaii State Chapter Meeting

  • 2016 Fall Meeting, Salem, ASMBS Chapter Meeting, ACS Regional Meeting breakout session, Educational conference in Portland with walk (Legacy)

  • July 2016 American College of Surgeons NW meeting (Sunriver, Ore): program abstractors and allied health staff meeting, breakout scientific session with both surgeons and staff members discussing difficult GI/bariatric cases

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #512
    Combined Oregon/Washington Annual Meeting

  • September 30th, 2015, Salem, Oregon – Dinner meeting

    • Discussed access concerns affecting Oregon, clinical discussion on new endoscopic weight loss techniques, and privileging for those procedures
  • 2015 Fall Meeting, Salem, ASMBS Chapter Meeting, ACS Regional Meeting breakout session, Educational conference in Portland with walk (Legacy)

  • June 2015 Suncadia, WA – Combined Washington/Oregon State Chapters meeting

Chapter Updates

  • Oregon’s Stephen Archer, MD, was appointed the founding Chair of ASMBS’ new Obesity Prevention Committee, focusng on both preventing obesity and weight regain after surgery
  • Oregon Co-Op insurance plan became insolvent and several patients were trapped in limbo at various stages in the preoperative process at several programs when the new plans they were assigned do not have a bariatric surgery benefit. We are lobbying the state Insurance Commissioner for relief to provide for those patients surgical services since it was claimed they would continue with the medical services they had before the switch.

  • Pending State review of bariatric surgery as part of state sponsored health plan essential health plan benefit package

Support Groups

Programs provide support groups for their patients

 

Advocacy Information