Dana Telem, MD FASMBS

Jon Gould, MD

Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison & Immediate Past Chair


John W. Baker, MD FASMBS
Fernando B. Bonanni, MD FASMBS
Lionel R. Brounts, MD
Arthur M. Carlin, MD FASMBS
Michael Edwards, MD
Jon C. Gould, MD
Jacob Greenberg, MD EdM
Caitlin A. Halbert, DO MS
Daniel B. Jones, MD MS FASMBS, Senior Past Chair

Christopher Joyce, MD FASMBS
Tammy L. Kindel, MD PhD
Henry Lin, MD
Saniea F. Majid, MD FASMBS
Michael A. Malvesti, PharmD
Sara Martin Del Campo, MD MS
Tracy Martinez, BSN RN CBN Sabrena F. Noria, MD PhD FRCSC
Philip A. Omotosho, MD
Richard Parent, MD

Carl Pesta, Do FASMBS
Anthony T. Petrick, MD FASMBS
John A. Pilcher, Jr., MD
Kinga A. Powers, MD PhD
Konstantinos Spaniolas, MD
William A. Sweet, MD
Andre F. Teixeira, MD FASMBS
Oliver Varban, MD
Eric Volckmann, MD
Noel N. Williams, MD FASMBS

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee supports the mission and values of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons by promoting continuous improvement in patient safety and risk reduction. These goals are achieved by the integration and coordination of patient safety initiatives of member surgeons. Patient safety initiatives are processes designed to reduce medical errors through process analysis and participation in quality improvement reporting. The Patient Safety Committee believes that the most effective manner to decrease surgeon exposure to liability is through improving patient safety. We acknowledge that patient safety will not eliminate risk for litigation. However, we are working to help our members by studying trends in malpractice suits, professional liability insurance costs, its availability, as well as identification of gaps in risk management, and the development of expert witness guidelines.


  • To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases
  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions
  • To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational and professional needs of our diverse membership


  • Identify gaps and members needs in patient safety, risk management and professional liability
  • Identify and develop optimal resources for patient safety, risk management and professional liability
  • Provide recommendations for promotion and dissemination of patient safety and risk management information
  • Identify and employ process measures to identify and disseminate quality improvement initiatives



  1. Work with Program Committee to develop tracks for ASMBS 2016 and 2017 educational events
  2. Collect more case studies to allow resumption of efforts to publish Malpractice/Patient Safety Vignettes to ASMBS membership via CONNECT – ASMBS Online Magazine
  3. Case review to create ASMBS Closed Claims Registry by partnering with several medical malpractice insurance carriers
  4. Develop Quality Improvement focus and certification process
  5. Contribute a nomination from QIPS committee discussion for the ASMBS Patient Safety Award each year
  6. ASMBS endorsed clinical pathway for bariatric surgery sleeve gastrectomy procedure
  7. Publish research from Closed Claims registry
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Obesity Week-End 2016 Course offerings regarding liability reduction and patient safety
  2. Obesity Week 2016: Full Day Quality Session 10/31
  3. Clinical Pathways Paper written and submitted for SOARD review; accepted for publication in SOARD, will be available soon (hopefully)
  4. Development of a national clinical pathway for sleeve gastrectomy (Drs. Telem, DeMaria, Gould, Powers and Pesta)
    • Literature review complete
    • Pathway developed based on published evidence
    • Supporting document (library) complete
    • CIC reviewed
    • Completed and vetted by ECEC and EC; up for membership comments with close date 10/6/16
    • Final version to be submitted for approval to ECEC by 10/14 in time for ObesityWeek
    • Plan to publish as a supplement for SOARD
  5. Continue to review and recommend candidates for annual award


  1. National Registry for Closed Claims Cases – analyze and report on data collected
  2. Continue to develop a curriculum for an ASMBS Certificate of Quality
  3. Develop Quality symposium for ObesityWeek-End and ObesityWeek 2017
  4. Pursue alternate publication/online discussion options for Patient Safety/Malpractice Vignettes with Invited Discussion commentary
  5. Provide updates to members on important professional liability and patient safety issues as they arise
  6. Continue to develop resources for risk management
  7. Help create a mechanism by which ASMBS can endorse and encourage high performing programs exhibiting patient safety and quality improvement in all aspects of bariatric care
  8. Postgraduate course on Medical Liability with Mock Trial for ObesityWeek November 2016
  9. Evaluate clinical pathway and continue to refine strength of recommendations based on data, hopeful partnership with MBSAQIP +/- state chapters
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Closed claims reviewers (Dr. DeMaria, Dr. Morton, Dr. Sweet, Dr. Baker, Dr. Brethauer, Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Mattar) travelled to four major Medical Malpractice Insurers to collect data create closed claim files in the first quarter 2016; Reviewed, scored and analyzed data collected, resulting in an abstract
  2. ObesityWeek 2016 Course offerings regarding liability reduction and patient safety


  1. Patient Safety Education programs for surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists
  2. ASMBS Clinical Care Pathways Library
    A) To include RYGB/revisions
    B) Therapeutic interventions to weight regain – Stephen Archer working on weight regain pathway
  3. Partner with liability carriers to create patient safety curriculum to reduce exposure and injuries
  4. Further partnering opportunities with liability carriers such as education regarding benefits of requiring MBSAQIP accreditation
2016 Completed Projects
  1. Submitted abstract from Closed Claims Registry for presentation at ObesityWeek 2016
  2. Sleeve Gastrectomy Pathway project – complete in time for ObesityWeek 2016
  3. Clinical Pathway publication