2013 State Chapter Presidents’ Summit – A Great Success
This weekend marked the first ASMBS State Chapter Presidents’ Summit. The purpose of this face-to-face meeting of state leadership was to both share best practices in chapter development/functionality and to develop a State Chapters National Agenda for the upcoming year.
Chapter leadership from all over the country flew in to Dallas, Texas for this important collaboration. There was remarkable attendance, with 26 states represented (19 current chapters, 6 preliminary chapters). Attendees heard lectures and participated in discussions on Chapter Building, Advocacy, Addressing Access to Care Issues at the State Level, Education & Outreach, and the importance of state collaboratives within the MBSAQIP.
The meeting was very well-received by all participants, with a consensus that a State Chapter Presidents’ Summit should become an annual occurrence. We extend a sincere thank you and congratulations to the meeting directors, speakers, and participants for a successful educational event.
Summit Director: John Morton, MD, Chairman of ASMBS Access to Care Committee and ASMBS Secretary/Treasurer
Summit Co-Directors: Lloyd Stegemann, MD, Immediate Past Chairman of State Chapters Committee Michael Nusbaum, Chairman of State Chapters Committee Summit Speakers: Jaime Ponce, MD, ASMBS President Robin Blackstone, MD, ASMBS Past-President Joe Nadglowski, President & CEO of the Obesity Action Coalition Chris Gallagher, President of Potomac Currents Roger Kissin, President of Communication Partners
ASMBS Committee Leadership Wayne English, MD, Chairman, Access to Care CommitteeMichael Nusbaum, MD, Chairman, State & Local Chapters Committee Christopher Joyce, MD, Co-Chair, State & Local Chapters Committee Lloyd Stegemann, MD, Immediate Past Chair, State & Local Chapters Committee David Provost, MD, Chairman, BSCOE and Chairman, Public Education Committee Chapter Leadership/Attendees: Kelvin Higa, MD, President California Chapter of ASMBS Roc Bauman, MD, President, Bariatric Society of the Carolinas John Scott, MD, STAR, Bariatric Society of the Carolinas Michel Murr, MD, President Florida Chapter of ASMBS Titus Duncan, MD, President, Georgia Chapter of ASMBS Rami Lutfi, MD, President, Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons Margaret Inman, MD, President, Indiana Chapter of ASMBS Kuldeep Singh, MD, VP & President-Elect, Maryland Chapter of ASMBS Matthew Weiner, MD, President, Michigan Chapter of ASMBS Ashutosh Kaul, MD, President, New York Chapter of ASMBS Mohammed Feteiha, MD, President, New Jersey Society of Bariatric Surgeons Joseph Northup, MD, President, Ohio Society for Bariatric Surgery Michael Bono, MD, President, Pennsylvania Society of Bariatric Surgery Luciano DiMarco, MD, Secretary/Treasurer, Pennsylvania Society of Bariatric Surgery Brandon Williams, MD, President, Tennessee Chapter of ASMBS Peter Hallowell, MD, President, Virginia Bariatric Society Kevin Wasco, MD, President, Wisconsin Obesity Coalition Mervyn Deitel, MD, Secretary, Canada Chapter of ASMBS Glen Ihde, MD, President, Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery Steven Fowler, MD, Vice-President, Hawaii Chapter of ASMBS
Preliminary Chapter Leadership/Attendees:Chris Eagon, MD, President, Missouri Chapter of ASMBS Jaime Loggins, MD, President Maine Chapter of ASMBS Rachel Moore, MD, President, Louisiana Chapter of ASMBS Tom White, MD, President, Nebraska Chapter of ASMBS