Rachel Moore, MD FASMBS
Chair & Executive Council Liaison

Teresa LaMasters, MD FASMBS

Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

Members | Chapter Presidents

Christopher Joyce, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past Chair
Michael Nussbaum, MD, Senior Past Chair
Stephen Archer, MD FASMBS, Member
Michael Todd, MD, Alaska
Kenneth Todd Foreman, MD FASMBS, Alabama
Josh Roller, MD, Arkansas
David Podkameni, MD, Arizona
Helmuth T. Billy, MD, California
Jonathan Schoen, MD, Colorado
Neil Floch, MD, Connecticut
John Pender, MD, Dakota Yellowstone
Michael Peters, MD FASMBS, Delaware
Samuel Szomstein, MD FASMBS, Florida
Titus Duncan, MD, Georgia
David Henry, MD, Hawaii
Michael Phelps, MD, Iowa
Jonathan Wallace, MD FASMBS, Illinois
Margaret Inman, MD FASMBS, Indiana
Stanley Hoehn, MD FASMBS, Kansas
G. Brice Hamilton, MD FASMBS, Kansas
Joshua Steiner, MD, Kentucky
James Redmann, MD FASMBS, Louisiana
Alejandro Gandsas, MD MBA, Maryland
Jeffrey Genaw, MD FASMBS, Michigan
Howard McCollister, MD, Minnesota
James Pitt, DO FASMBS, Missouri
David Carroll, MD FASMBS, Mississippi
David Overby, MD, Carolinas
Thomas White, MD FASMBS, Nebraska
John Gens, MD, New Hampshire
Matthew Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS, New England
Jamie Loggins, MD, Maine
Naveen Ballem, MD, New Jersey
Charles Bellows, MD, New Mexico
Shawn Tsuda, MD, Nevada
William O’Malley, MD, New York
Joe Northup, MD, Ohio
Hamilton Le, MD FASMBS, Oklahoma
Catherine Boulay, MD FASMBS, Oregon
Fernando Bonanni, MD FASMBS, Pennsylvania
Jenny Weaver, MD, Tennessee
Michael Seger, MD FASMBS, Texas
Walter Medlin, MD, Utah
Kinga Powers, MD PhD, Virginia/West Virginia
Jeffrey Hunter, MD, Washington
Luke Funk, MD MPH FASMBS, Wisconsin
Michel Gagner, MD, Canada

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


  • To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions
  • To be the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational and professional needs of its diverse membership


The State and Local Chapters Committee is charged with promoting the ASMBS state chapter initiative and advancing the work of the chapters. They are responsible for reviewing applications and charter agreements, assisting chapters in the formation process, and ongoing monitoring of chapter activities.


  1. Improve communication between chapters and ASMBS
  2. Evaluate state of care in each state
  3. Identify needs and opportunities in each state chapter
  4. Improve the collegiality of colleagues and programs in each state
  5. Offer joint sponsorship to provide CME credits during Chapter Meetings
  6. Provide accounting and tax filing assistance for the chapters



  1. Develop new Chapters: There is now a Chapter presence in every state. We have 36 Chapters: 26 Individual Chapters (including Canada), 5 joint chapters of 2 adjacent states, and 3 group chapters of 5 states combined. One individual state, KS, and one group chapter, New England, have preliminary status. See maps for details, first map shows group chapters and the second map shows updated Chapter Presidents and STARS
  2. Continue developing webpages on ASMBS site for chapters
  3. Determine “best practices” in each state to share with other chapters
  4. Establish State Chapter Quality Improvement Initiative. Initial project: Sleeve Gastrectomy
  5. Promotion of State Chapter competition in the United We Step campaign at ObesityWeek
  6. Hold Annual Chapter Presidents’ Summit – training for presidents (media, etc.)
  7. Advance remaining states with preliminary to full chapter status (KS and New England)
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Successfully completed the 3rd Annual State Chapter Presidents’ Summit in Las Vegas; Reviewed 2015 Las Vegas event and planned the 4th Annual Presidents’ Summit in 2016, which will take place June 23rd in Las Vegas
  2. Established Chapter presence in all 50 states
  3. Collected State Chapter dues – ASMBS is collecting dues for all but a few states
  4. ASMBS sponsored CME available for State Chapter Meetings


  1. Advance the remaining preliminary chapters to full chapter status; strengthen existing chapters
  2. Create a strategy for reviewing chapter website content, in conjunction with Communications Committee
  3. Establish early warning system to uncover beginnings of favorable or unfavorable activity in a market
  4. Develop/promote access to care and rapid response plans
  5. Develop a contact list of each Chapter’s members and distribute to respective Presidents to enhance continuity of care
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. We have quarterly State Chapter Presidents’ conference calls
  2. Coordinated efforts with Insurance and Access Committees to prevent HCSC from adding restrictive language to their bariatric surgery policy


  1. Expand Quality Improvement Initiative into other aspects of bariatric surgery
  2. Promote positive relations and ongoing communication between Chapters and national ASMBS
  3. Plan 5th Annual Presidents’ Summit at Obesity Week-End
  4. Facilitate more collaboration between states in the same region
  5. Help new chapters develop and host high-quality state/regional meetings

2016 Completed Projects

  • 4th Annual State Chapter President’s Summit at Obesity Week-End 2016 on 6/23/16