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International Membership Description

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.

Why Become an International Member of the ASMBS?

  • Network with International Members from every continent.
  • 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, Obesity Week-End and post-graduate CE courses.
  • Access to members-only documents and online resources.
  • Email alerts about new published research findings, political events and society highlights.
  • 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

International Surgeons – Please allow 4-8 weeks from submission of COMPLETE and PAID application for approval.

Fill out the online International Surgeon Application with Instructions or Surgeon Application PDF
Fill out the online Regular Member Sponsor Letter of Recommendation Form or Download the form.

International Integrated Health – 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.

Please allow 14-20 business days to process membership applications and payments prior to registering for a course or meeting.