Eric Ahnfeldt, DO FACS FASMBS
Chair

Gordon Wisbach, MD MBA FACS FASMBS
Co-Chair

Stacy Brethauer, MD FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison

Members

Joel Brockmeyer, MD
Jay Bucci, MD PhD RAC CIP
Jamie Carr, BSN RN CBN
Yong Choi, MD FASMBS
Susan Clark, MD
Byron Faler, MD FACS
Kyle Gadbois, MD
Marty Harnisch, MD
Rob Lim, MD FASMBS
Henry Lin, MD
Kevan Mann, MD
Matt Martin, MD FASMBS
Mike Mulcahy, MD
Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS
Richard Peterson, MD MPH FASMBS
Jason Pfluke, MD
Angel Reyes, MD FASMBS
John Paul Sanders, MD
Robert Wilcox, MD
Tamara Worlton, MD


ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson

Description

The Military Committee supports the uniformed services and their members through ASMBS to provide a collaborative forum committed to improving the care of the bariatric patient within the military/Tricare system and advancing of the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery through a robust research consortium. This committee’s focus is to establish a collective within Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), create uniform pathways among centers and have MBSAQIP participation from sites.

Mission

  • To advocate for the health care policy that ensures patient access to high quality prevention and treatment of obesity
  • To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions
  • To advocate for the 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 its diverse membership

Objectives

  • Aid all major MTFs in becoming MBSAQIP accredited
  • Quality improvement initiative with State Chapters, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Research Committees
  • Be a consortium to enhance care by sharing information
  • Improve communication between military members and ASMBS
  • Identify needs and opportunities for improvement for MTFs and MEDDACs
  • Offer CME credits to deployed military ASMBS members

Committee Goals

Short-Term

  1. Compile data regarding current surgeries/volumes/types of surgeries/protocols at different military institutions
  2. Ask EC for military members’ registration fees to be waived for conferences
  3. Get legal approval from MEDCOM for participation in MBSAQIP
  4. Assist Access to Care VA Task Force with bariatric surgery access issues
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Data regarding current surgeries/volumes/types of surgeries/protocols at different military institutions collected from committee members, input into spreadsheet
  2. Compiled list of ASMBS Active Military members and reached out to TOS for same list; polled ASMBS members to determine attendance at ObesityWeek 2016
  3. Three conference call meetings, 3/30/2016, 5/18/16, and 7/27/16 to 1) establish membership and goals, 2) begin to accomplish goals, and 3) continue to accomplish goals
  4. Conference call meeting with Dr. Ahnfeldt, Access to Care VA Task Force Lead Dr. Eisenberg, and Dr. English (ATC Committee Chair) on September 15, 2016

Mid-Term

  1. Participate in the ASMBS Quality Improvement Initiative; Initial project: Sleeve Gastrectomy Care Path; implement in MTFs
  2. Secure a Clinical Reviewer to act as data collection administrator for multiple centers for MBSAQIP accreditation
  3. Create an updatable document of emails/locations of military bariatric surgeons
  4. Create a map of VA and DOD bariatric establishments – Drs. Ahnfeldt and Eisenberg to meet at ObesityWeek 2016
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Assigned members of committee to other committees and get updates from those members to be able to “cross-talk” to participate/achieve goals
  2. Dr. Ahnfeldt represented the Military Committee at Obesity Week-End 2016 by speaking at the State Chapter Presidents’ 4th Annual Summit regarding the difference between the Military Chapter and a State Chapter
  3. Quarterly queries to members to get information on their centers to achieve goal #3
  4. Created and currently maintaining a Military Bariatric Network document
  5. Interval evaluation at ObesityWeek where the committee will physically meet and evaluate for common pathways

Long-Term

  1. MBSAQIP accreditation for all major MTFs
  2. Research collaboration (Madigan Sleeve Study as practical example)
  3. Funding via consultant or Tri-Service/DHA
  4. CME – MBSAQIP requires specific CME, available thru ASMBS, SOARD, webinars
  5. Military members to become ASMBS Fellows
  6. Military members to become ASMBS Certified
  7. Create centralized, standardized best practices for all military institutions’ bariatric programs
  8. Keep document of emails/locations of military bariatric surgeons updated
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Formation of Military Research Task Force in process, Dr. Byron Faler leading; proposal sent to EC
  2. Successful participation of WBAMC in MBSAQIP as template for implementation of MBSAQIP participation of all major MTFs participation through Defense Healthcare Agency directive

2016 COMPLETED PROJECTS

  1. Establishment of committee
  2. Develop mission statement
  3. Three conference calls with committee in 2016; in-person meeting at ACS October 2016
  4. Dr. Ahnfeldt represented the Military Committee at the 4th Annual State Chatper Presidents’ Summit at Obesity Week-End 2016
  5. Site survey for MBSAQIP accreditation at William Beaumont Army Medical Center completed; full accreditation granted