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The ASMBS welcomes all surgeons, osteopaths and supporting physicians involved in bariatrics. Bariatric & metabolic surgeons, endocrinologists, anesthesiologists, bariatric physicians, pediatricians, geriatricians, gastroenterologists and any other physicians.
If you do not practice in the United States of America, please read. Various levels of International membership available. Please visit the International Membership page for more information.
A licensed medical doctor or osteopath practicing outside the United States who does not meet the requirements for Regular membership. The surgeon must have completed a minimum of 25 bariatric surgeries as the primary surgeon within the last two years. The applicant is required to submit either one letter of recommendation from a Regular or Senior (previously Regular) member OR two letters of recommendation including one letter from an International Member and one letter from the Chief Administrator of the applicant’s primary hospital in support of the application. Visit our International Membership Page for more information.
Various types of membership available. Please visit the Integrated Health Membership page for more information. This category includes all supporting positions in Bariatrics – Behavioral Health, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Diet, Nursing, Physician Assistants, Bariatric Coordinators, and other support staff) Psychiatrists may apply at the Integrated Health Membership Page due to the behavioral vs. physical nature of their practice.
IH Group Discount
Three or more associates of the same organization may be eligible for a group discount of up to 20% on IH membership fees. Please contact Amie Buehler before paying your dues for more information.
Why Join the ASMBS?
- Complimentary subscription to the digital and print versions of SOARD, Surgery for Obesity And Related Diseases*.
- Discounted registration to the ASMBS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek, Spring Event and post-graduate CE courses.
- Your practice and contact information in our membership registry, searchable by prospective patients.
- Access to members-only documents and online resources.
- Eligibility to join your local ASMBS State Chapter which provides educational lectures and lobbies towards state political issues and local insurance problems.
- Email alerts about new published research findings, political events and society highlights.
- Membership in IFSO, the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. (This does not apply to International Members.)
- Opportunities to join ASMBS committees that impact research, education, patient access, innovation, communication and public service in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.
All memberships must be renewed annually. Membership is on a calendar-year basis (January – December)
*Payment must be received before an application is reviewed. Please allow 2-3 weeks from submission of COMPLETE and PAID application for review.
Apply For Membership
Applications will be processed within 2-3 weeks upon receipt of COMPLETE APPLICATIONS, required documentation and paid membership dues.
Please have your current curriculum vitae ready to upload prior to completing your online application.
Applications must be paid and letters of recommendation must be received before applications go to committee for approval.
Categories of ASMBS Membership
|Regular Member||$375||A general surgeon working in the field of bariatric surgery who is certified by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and/or is a Fellow of the American or Royal College of Surgeons. The surgeon must also have completed a minimum of 25 bariatric surgeries as the primary surgeon within the last two years. The applicant is required to submit Letter of Recommendation Forms from two current Regular or Senior members. Fill out the online Surgeon/Physician Application with Instructions or download the paper application AND have TWO Regular or Senior members fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or downloadable PDF Form.|
|Upgrade from an Affiliate Surgeon to a Regular Member||$50||Once you have become a Board Certified Surgeon and completed more than 25 surgeries as the primary surgeon, you may apply to upgrade to a Regular Member. A current Curriculum Vitae, an additional Letter of Recommendation from a Regular or Senior member other than your original sponsor is required for an upgrade. Fill out the online Upgrade from Affiliate Surgeon to Regular Member Form or download the paper application AND have one Regular or Senior members fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or downloadable PDF Form who IS NOT your original sponsoring member. $325 Dues for Affiliate Surgeon must be current before applying to upgrade at Regular Member Status.|
|Affiliate Surgeon Member||$325||A general surgeon working in the field of bariatric surgery who is NOT certified by the American Board of Surgery or the American Osteopathic Board of Surgery and/or is NOT a Fellow of the American or Royal College of Surgeons and/or has completed less than 25 cases as the primary surgeon in the last two years. The applicant is required to submit a Letter of Recommendation Form from a current Regular or Senior (previously Regular) member. Fill out the online Surgeon/Physician Application with Instructions or download the paper application AND have one Regular or Senior Member fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation or downloadable PDF Form.|
|Affiliate Physician Member||$325||A medical doctor or osteopath working in the field of bariatric surgery but does not perform bariatric procedures. The applicant is required to submit a Letter of Recommendation Form from a current Regular or Senior (previously Regular) member. Fill out the online Surgeon/Physician Application with Instructions or download the paper form AND Fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or downloadable PDF Form|
|Candidate Member||Free||A Candidate Member is in training with the intention of specializing in Bariatric Surgery. Candidate members are encouraged to reapply for full ASMBS membership upon completion of training. Fill out the Candidate Application online AND have your Program Director complete the online recommendation for Candidate applicants. Download PDF application.|
Please note that you may use your past completed surgeries as the primary surgeon during your Fellowship to count toward your Regular Membership Requirements.
Discounts available to ACTIVE United States Military, $60 (online only SOARD) or $160 (print and online SOARD).
Complete membership applications may take up to 2-3 weeks for review and approval. Incomplete applications will delay the approval process. COMPLETE applications must be submitted at least 30 days prior to any ASMBS conference to qualify for member discount.
The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery prohibits discrimination against any member or any applicant for membership because of race, color, gender, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.
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