Natan Zundel, MD, FASMBS
Chair

Homero Rivas, MD
Co-Chair

Samuel Szomstein, MD, FASMBS
Co-Chair

Samer Mattar, MD, FASMBS
EC Liaison

Members

IFSO Past President: Natan Zundel, MD, FASMBS
IFSO Coordinator: Samer Mattar, MD, FASMBS
IFSO President: Kelvin Higa, MD, FASMBS
IFSO President-Elect: Jacques Himpens, MD
Ad Hoc Member – IFSO ED: Manuela Mazzarella

Sanjay Agrawal, MD, FASMBS
Dan Azagury, MD
Cynthia-Michelle Borg, MD
Minyoung Cho, MD
Manual Galvao Neto, MD
Mousa Khoursheed, MD
Abdelrahman Nimeri, MD
Alan Saber, MD
Aley El-Din Tohamy, MD
Paul Wizman, MD, FASMBS
Joo-Ho Lee, MD
Ahmed R. Ahmed, MD
Moataz Bashah, MD, FASMBS
Diego R. Camacho, MD
John B. Dixon, MD PhD
Yitka Graham, Researcher
Muffazal Lakdawala, MD
Pablo Omelanzuck, MD
Shashank S. Shah, MS
Antonio Torres, MD, PhD
Peng Zhang, MD
Werener Andrade, MD, FASMBS
Ramzi Alami, MD FACS
Estuardo J. Behrens, MD
Guilherme Campos, MD, FASMBS
Michel  Gagner, MD
Sayeed  Ikramuddin, MD
Wei-Jei Lee, MD
Blanca Rios, MD
Ian S. Soriano, MD, FASMBS
Ramon Vilallonga, MD, PhD
Francesco Papadia, MD
Rana Pullatt, MD, FASMBS

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Sara Bayles

Mission

To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions

Description

The ASMBS International Development Committee works to integrate international members from around the world by developing relationships between the ASMBS and its members with organizations and institutions in foreign countries with similar goals and activities; facilitating international collaboration and cooperation to advance the treatment of obesity through education, research and policy initiatives; and maintaining an active relationship with the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Diseases.

Objectives

  • Increase membership of international members
  • Enhance experience for international members

Committee Goals

Short-Term

  • Increase international membership – coordinate with the Membership Committee.
  • Manage all aspects of Awards for Best International Presenters – including budget, logistics, and selection criteria.
  • Develop the criteria for US sites that will host visiting international surgeons and create a listing of these programs on our website

Mid-Term

  • Diversifying the committee with new committee members from other Countries like Kuwait, Argentina, Korea, China and more.
  • Increase attendance at OW15 with more attendance from other countries
  • Conduct co-sponsored international courses

Long-Term

  • Offering applications in other languages to facilitate the process to future International members. Languages suggested were Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Portuguese. Volunteers from the International Committee will assist in the translation process.
  • Offering applications in other languages to facilitate the process to future International members. Languages suggested were Chinese, French, Spanish, Arabic, and Portuguese. Volunteers from the International Committee will assist in the translation process.
  • Create Standardized Training Guidelines for Global Bariatric Surgery.