Rami Lutfi, MD FASMBS
Chair and Executive Council Liaison

Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS
Co-Chair

Alan Wittgrove, MD FASMBS
Co-Chair


Members

Helmuth Billy, MD
Matthew Brengman, MD FASMBS
Paul Cirangle, MD
Daniel Cottam, MD
Paul Enochs, MD FASMBS

Karen Flanders, MSN ARNP CBN
Shawn Garber, MD
Margaret Inman, MD FASMBS
Paul Kemmeter, MD

Rachel Moore, MD FASMBS
Joshua Pfeiffer, MD
Jaime Ponce, MD FASMBS
Robert Richard, MD
Virginia Weaver, MD
Tom White, MD FASMBS
Paul Wizman, MD FASMBS


ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson

Mission

This committee is composed of surgeons who work to serve their community, focusing mostly on the clinical aspects of bariatric surgery. They are in private practice or are employed by community hospitals or nonacademic health care systems.

The committee will identify different practice models in the United States. They will focus on setting best standards in these different models and hospital environments. The committee will address financial, business and other issues facing these practitioners.

Members of the committee will advise the Executive Council on trends of practice, relevant issues to the community surgeons. We will address and discuss challenges facing community practice to deliver high quality care. This work will allow this group to be privy to potential challenges and adverse changes and thus, enable ASMBS to be proactive dealing with these issues.

The committee will also work to create pathways and tips for community surgeons to help them build high quality comprehensive programs to improve outcomes across the board.

Objectives

  • To represent the interests of the independent practitioners in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.
  • To identify the challenges unique to independent practitioners in the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery and provide practice based solutions to these challenges.
  • To address best practice guidelines in the context of unique practice models.
  • To screen for different trends in the practice of bariatric surgery or endoscopy and communicate as needed with the Executive Board about patterns that may lead to major changes that need to be addressed in a timely manner.
  • To offer a course outlining best practices and utilization of resources to maximize success of the practitioner.

Committee Goals

Short-Term

  1. ASMBS Weekend 2017 Practice Management Course
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:
  1. Conducted the ASMBS Weekend 2017 Practice Management Course in San Diego on June 8th

Mid-Term

  1. ObesityWeek 2017 Practice Management Course
  2. Cocktail reception at ObesityWeek 2017 with three corporations
  3. YouTube project for practice building
  4. Private Practice Toolkit
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:
  1. Planning ObesityWeek 2017 Practice Management Course
  2. Planning ObesityWeek 2017 cocktail reception
  3. YouTube project off the ground
  4. Toolkit is in progress

Long-Term

  1. Increase engagement of large groups
  2. Increase private practice membership at national and State Chapter level
  3. Increase private practice attendance at ASMBS Weekend and ObesityWeek
  4. Educational videos by experts in field of business for all members, academic, private and community for practice building/optimization
  5. Private Practice Toolkit
  6. Preceptorships through ASMBS
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:
  1. Private Practice courses and cocktail events at ASMBS Weekend and ObesityWeek
  2. Educational videos topics and speakers assigned
  3. Drafted Private Practice Toolkit document April 2017; out for comment amongst committee members

2017 Completed Projects

  1. Conducted the ASMBS Weekend 2017 Practice Management Course in San Diego on June 8th
  2. Conducted the ASMBS Weekend 2017 Practice Management Course in Washington, D.C. on October 30th
  3. “Practice Building” Reception at ObesityWeek on November 1st from 5:30-7pm