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.
  • Opportunities to join ASMBS committees that impact research, education, patient access, innovation, communication and public service in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

*Included in all Surgeon membership but optional for Integrated Health members
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 4-8 weeks from submission of COMPLETE and PAID application for review.

Apply For Membership – Applications will be processed within 4-6 weeks upon receipt of complete applications, required documentation and paid membership dues.

PLEASE HAVE YOUR CURRENT CURRICULUM VITAE READY TO UPLOAD BEFORE CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW. Keep in mind, applications must be paid and Letters of Recommendation must be received before applications go to committee for approval.

Regular Member

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 Fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or Download the form.

Upgrade from an Affiliate Surgeon to a Regular Member

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

Affiliate Surgeon Member

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 Fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or Download the form.

Affiliate Physician Member

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 Fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or Download the form.

International Member

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!

Integrated Health

This category includes all supporting positions in Bariatrics – Behavioral Health, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Diet, Nursing, Physician Assistants, Bariatric Coordinators, and other support staff) – Please allow 4-6 weeks from submission of COMPLETE and PAID application, for approval.

Fill out the online Integrated Health Application with Instructions or Download the form.
Fill out the online IH Letter of Recommendation Form here or Download the form.

Candidate Member

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
Complete the online recommendation for Candidate applicants.

Please allow 7-10 business days to process membership applications and payments prior to registering for a course or meeting.