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Incorporated in March 2005

The Virginia Bariatric Society officially incorporated as a non-profit corporation in March 2005.  The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to exchange ideas, information and experience in the field of bariatric surgery.

  • The encouragement of its members to pursue investigations both in the clinic and laboratory
  • The interchange of ideas, information and experience pertaining to bariatric surgery
  • The establishment of guidelines for patient selection and care
  • The promotion of guidelines for patient selection and care
  • The promotion of improved perioperative and long-term care of patients and the reduction of patient risk
  • The fostering of educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons and lay people
  • The promotion of outcome studies and quality assurance

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Mission Statement

The Virginia Bariatric Society is an official state chapter of the ASMBS, allowing surgeons in Virginia a local forum in which to communicate with one another on the latest treatments and trends and news within the industry.

The vision of the American Society for Metabolic and bariatric surgery is to improve public health and well being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world. The purpose of the society is to advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement of its members to carry out the following mission:

  • To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases.
  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic surgery.
  • To foster communication between health professional on obesity and related conditions.
  • To be the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and bariatric surgery.
  • To advocate for health care policy that ensures patient access to high quality prevention and treatment of obesity.
  • To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational and professional needs of our diverse membership.

 

Executive Officers

President: Kinga Powers, MD PhD SAMVAMC
Vice Pres: Guilherme Campos, MD FACS
Secretary/Treasurer: Rachel Wilson, BS
Integrated Health Chair: Jeannine Moss, NP
Integrated Health Co-Chair: Stacy Gitler, PAC
Past President: Troy Glembot, MD FASMBS
STAR (State Access to Care Rep): Troy Glembot, MD FASMBS

Contact

Mailing Address:
Virginia Bariatric Society
1200 E. Broad Street
PO Box 980519
Richmond, VA 23298-0519

Email: VirginiaBariatricSociety@gmail.com

Chapter Meetings

  • Our Next meeting will be held on October 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C. during ObesityWeek, ASMBS’ annual meeting; details TBD

  • 2017 VBS Spring Meeting at the Wyndham Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
    April 21-23, 2017
    1000 Virginia Center Parkway
    Glen Allen, VA 23059
    Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Morton, Senior Past President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
    Click here to register

    Call for Abstracts! We will hold a Bariatric Paper Competition open to all fellows, residents, and integrated health trainees as well as Allied Health Representatives.
    This will include a 10 minute podium Presentation. All Abstracts must be submitted no later than 4/7/2017 electronically to: 2017VBS@gmail.com
    For more information please visit www.virginiabariatricsociety.com
    Other questions: Please email VirginiaBariatricSociety@gmail.com

    Dietitians and Psychologists: What are the burning topics on your mind? What would you like to know from other professionals in your field? Please send you topics for discussion to: 2017VBS@gmail.com

  • Virginia/West Virginia State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans:
    November 2, 2016
    6:15pm-7:15pm Central
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Marlborough B Room

  • VBS Spring Meeting at the Wyndham Crossings Hotel & Conference Center
    April 15-17, 2016
    1000 Virginia Center Parkway
    Glen Allen, VA 23059

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #505

Chapter Updates

  • We have combined Virginia with West Virginia to form one chapter – the chapter name remains as the Virginia Bariatric Society.

  • We are currently working on a risk adjusted “Bundled Payment System” proposal for Virginia State Employees that would address the 12 month waiting period that is currently in place. This is an ongoing topic of our discussions in our chapter and was hotly debated during the April 2017 spring meeting. The next steps are to work on the formal position of the VBS on the Bundled Plan Introduction and addressing all the necessary components that would be required to introduce such a bundle. We using the ASAMBS toolkit for the creation of a bundled payment plan and are working closely with a CFO from VCU to address the concerns of the Virginia Bariatric Surgeons.

  • Quality Improvement Collaborative: “Virginia Bariatric Collaborative (VBC)”
    • VBS has partnered with Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) and Center for Clinical and Translational Research (CCTR) as providing the technological structure for the Collaborative and for VCU to serve as the VBC Coordinating Center

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