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Posted 1/5/2021

January 2021 Edition

1. Presidential Messages

Drs. Matt Hutter and Lisa West-Smith deliver this month’s Presidential Messages via video. Hear about the current state of ASMBS and upcoming news and events. 

ASMBS Presidential Message


ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message


2. ASMBS Mourns the Loss of Dr. Edward E. Mason

We are deeply saddened by the recent passing of the beloved Founding Father of ASMBS, Dr. Edward E. Mason. Dr. Mason was a pioneer and visionary in bariatric surgery.

Dr. Mason is known as the surgeon who developed the original gastric bypass procedure for obesity treatment. In 1979, Dr. Mason began an annual postgraduate course for the surgical treatment of obesity, called the Bariatric Surgery Colloquium, at the University of Iowa. It started as a small group of like-minded surgeons and soon began to grow. In 1983, the very first professional society in the world dedicated to this new speciality was officially formed by Dr. Mason, The American Society for Bariatric Surgery (which ultimately became ASMBS). Dr. Mason served as its first president from 1983-1985.

In 1986, Dr. Mason initiated the first large registry to track the outcomes of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, the National Bariatric Surgery Registry (NBSR). In 1996 the registry became an international effort (IBSR) and accrued more than 30,000 patients, laying a strong foundation for the continued advancement of bariatric surgery.

Dr. Mason was a brilliant yet humble leader, an excellent teacher, and an exemplary family man. The global community of bariatric surgeons and specialists owes him a deep debt of gratitude for his many contributions to our field and remembers him for his patience and persistence, and forward-thinking, innovative ideas, developed and tested using his strong understanding of clinical and basic science. Our patients uniformly have greatly benefited from Dr. Mason’s dedication to the development of our speciality.

Edward E. Mason – a great surgeon and innovative scientist. View Dr. Mason’s obitiuary and share a memory.

3. Upcoming Meetings

Registration Now Open! RE-VISION: The Future of ASMBS

Join us, January 29th & 30th, for the ASMBS 2021 Weekend Meeting – RE-VISION: The Future of ASMBS. Our program will include new courses for both surgeon and integrated health members, engaging networking events, and opportunities to connect with expert industry professionals. Register now & view the schedule.

Submit Your Abstract for the ASMBS 2021 Annual Meeting

Deadline Extended: The ASMBS 2021 Annual Meeting abstract submission window is now open through January 13th! Submit your abstract today. Click here to read the guidelines. For assistance, please email

4. 2021 Membership Renewals

It’s that time of the year! Renew your membership to stay involved with ASMBS in 2021. Visit to renew today. Please contact us at if you have any questions. Please disregard this message if you have already paid your 2021 dues. Thank you for your membership and support of ASMBS! 

5. Obesity Care Continuum January 2021 Report

In this report, prepared by Chris Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative: OCAN Leaders Meet with Biden Transition Team, TROA Report Language Lands in Omnibus Spending Package, and more.

See the latest OCC Advocacy Report for more information regarding other national advocacy efforts that ASMBS is pursuing. 

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