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Chapter Information

Incorporated June 2007

Mission Statement

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the ASMBS will foster awareness of the issues facing Bariatric Surgeons and Allied Health in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, while working to assure safe and ethical treatment options for our patients.

Executive Officers

President: Fernando Bonanni, MD FACS FASMBS
Past President: Michael D. Bono, MD
Vice President: Joseph McPhee, MD FASMBS
Secretary/Treasurer: Luciano Dimarco, DO
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Ann Rogers, MD FASMBS
Founding Members: Amjad Ali, MD, Fernando Bonanni, MD FACS FASMBS, Michael D. Bono, MD, Alan Brader, MD, Scot Currie, DO FACOS FASMBS, DO, Luciano DiMarco, DO

Contact

c/o Luciano Dimarco, DO, Secretary and Treasurer
875 South Arlington Ave.
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Chapter Meetings

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

  • State Chapter Meeting: “Current Care of the Bariatric Patient,” CME event
    September 9, 2016
    7:30am-4:30pm
    Hotel Hershey
    Hershey, PA
    For more information contact Margaret Clanagan at 713-531-6483 or mclanagan@hmc.psu.edu

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #406A

  • State Chapter Meeting: Friday, July 17th, 2015, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine – Current Care of the Bariatric Patient, CME event

  • State Chapter Meeting: Friday, September 5, 2014, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine – Current Care of the Bariatric Patient, CME event

Chapter Updates

2016 Activity

  • Discussing potential partnership with the ACS state chapter meeting
  • In the final stages of PA ASMBS Chapter website development
    • Considering a website video library for common procedures, complications, and revisions as a learning tool for members

2015 Activity

  • Access to Care

    • Email to all ASMBS members in PA to support local ACS and PAMED to increase voice – PAMED (as all state medical societies) has tools to improve access to care
    • Discussions with Terrance Clark, MD, President NY Chapter re: Tri-state meeting
    • Discussion with PA Medical society and ACS PA – only boarded surgical subspecialties are recognized – for bariatric to be heard must go through local American College Surgeons chapter
    • Letter to Insurance Commissioner re: improving ACA coverage for obesity treatments – requested meeting – no response
    • Discussions with Rep. John Payne: PEBTF (Pennsylvania Employee Beneficiary Trust Fund) – some discussion, no action – state employee insurance not supporting bariatric surgery – over 80,000 employees and 200,000 extended insurance recipients – continued meetings with Secretary of Budget, Administration, and Health – pilot study concept declined by the state
    • Star Representative appointed to ACS Health Advisory Council
  • Website Development – final stages of interactive state site template for the other states; includes web blog, surveys, insurance information, and advice to members (on hold until further discussion re: mandatory state membership)

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