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Posted 7/5/2019

July 2019 Edition

1. Letter From the President

Happy Independence Day to everyone! I hope you are enjoying some well-deserved time off for the July 4th holiday weekend as we release another Top 5 on the 5th. Wow- the 5th of July! The 2019 calendar year is more than half over- where does the time go?

It was a pleasure seeing all of you who were able to attend the ASMBS Weekend meeting in Chicago a few weeks ago. There was certainly an excited buzz at the event – everyone seemed energized by the meeting plan and topics. Drs. Rich Peterson and John Scott did phenomenal work in organizing an ambitious program and their work was rewarded by the second highest attendance of the decade! Kudos to everyone associated with making this program a great success. Nearly 200 people attended both the session on Sleeve Gastrectomy, GERD, and Barrett’s Esophagus, as well as the Interactive Symposium on Robotics in Bariatric Surgery. Panel discussions, Q&A were vigorous sessions with many members expressing their views on these controversial topics. What more appropriate place to discuss controversies in our field than the ASMBS national meetings? Thanks to all who attended and participated in these important discussions that will help shape our future.

The Communications Committee is in the process of organizing a webinar to be held on July 31st at 9pm EST to cover the highlights of the June meeting for those who were not able ot attend in person. Please follow the link below to learn more and to register:

The Program Committee will now turn its attention full-time to preparations for the ASMBS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek in Las Vegas, November 3rd-7th. Las Vegas is always one of our more popular meeting venues and we expect this year to be a big event that you won’t want to miss, so now is the time to start marking your calendars and making your plans to attend. We have many exceptional sessions planned, and we will have a record number of oral presentations at this meeting after receiving nearly 600 abstracts and 87 video submissions. Our organization has much to be proud of in our accomplishments and we should all celebrate that our membership continues to declare our Annual Meeting to be the best meeting of its kind in the world, as each year they send us their best work to be presented at our meeting. Registration for #OW2019 will open soon, so keep watching your emails and the ASMBS website for information about registration. You don’t want to miss it!

If you are an MBSAQIP center, a meeting you should consider attending is the ACS Quality and Patient Safety Conference in Washington DC, on July 19th-22nd. There is a dedicated MBSAQIP track each day and you can learn about other quality programs in trauma, general surgery, geriatrics, and cancer.

Visit for more information.

Now for the big news – At its June face-to-face meeting, the ASMBS Executive Council (EC) conducted a detailed review of published data on the single anastomosis duodeno-ileostomy with sleeve (SADI-S) procedure. The EC previously reviewed this procedure (and its variations) in 2015, leading to publication of a position statement in 2016 which concluded that the procedure should be considered investigational.

The recent 2019 review process was robust and extensive, and included an update of the available literature by Dr. Ann Rogers, current Chair of the Clinical Issues Committee, as well as presentations by a procedure advocate ASMBS member (Dr. Dan Cottam, Utah) and a procedure opponent ASMBS member (Dr. Dan Leslie, Minnesota). The EC then deliberated on the procedure and ultimately voted that it should move forward for ASMBS member comment. Therefore, in the coming weeks, members will be asked to provide their reivew and comments regarding possible ASMBS endorsement of the SADI-S procedure. Members will be specifically asked if they support ASMBS endorsement of the procedure. The member comment process serves several important purposes in the evaluation of new procedures, including allowing members to weigh in on their perspective on the literature as well as their personal experiences, both good and bad. Finally, it allows the ASMBS membership to receive advance notice of possible additions to our endorsed procedure list well ahead of the final decision.

I certainly hope that all members will participate during the 3-week comment period, which will kick off next week. The EC will review all member input as part of the review process when they meet next to consider endorsement of hte procedure later this summer.

I am also excited to share with you that the ASMBS Foundation has launched a new monthly giving program called AWARE. Through this program, the Foundation will be able to gain sustainability and continue to support ASMBS research grants, educational and awareness programs, and important advocacy initiatives.

I ask you to strongly consider participating in the AWARE program. The suggested donation amount is $15 a month, however, no amount is too small and is greatly appreciated. More information can be found on the Foundation’s website at

I hope everyone enjoys their summer!

Eric J. DeMaria, MD,
ASMBS President

2. NEW ASMBS Annual Meeting Facebook Page

Beginning in 2020, ASMBS will relaunch the ASMBS Annual Meeting and no longer be affiliated with ObesityWeek. Stay up-to-date on all the latest Annual Meeting news, including this year’s 36th Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 in Las Vegas, by liking and following our brand new page! Click here for more information.

3. ObesityPac State Chapter Lobby Grants

The Obesity Political Action Committee offers a $3,000 grant for you to visit your legislators with your patients and care team at your state capital or Capitol Hill.

On behalf of Dr. John Morton (Chair, ObesityPAC), Dr. John Scott (Co-Chair, ObesityPAC), and Dr. Carl Pesta (Chair, State Chapters Committee), we would like to inform you of a grant made possible through the ASMBS ObesityPAC. Nothing makes more of an impact on legislators than an amazing story of human success coupled with model collaborative care. Imagine having your patient and care team accompany you to your state legislature or Capitol Hill to meet with your state’s elected officials to show them the many benefits of bariatric surgery. With this initiative, you will likely become that legislator’s "go-to" person when it comes to decisions dealing with bariatric surgery. This grant will provide the funds necessary for travel and expenses to your state capital or Washington, DC.

We have many resources to make your trip informative, enjoyable, and beneficial to coverage issues in bariatric surgery as it relates to your state. See below for the details of the application process.

Chapter Lobby Day Grant Program Information

Program Criteria:

  1. Applications must be submitted to the ObesityPAC Committee via the following email address:
  2. Although patients and non-medical personnel are welcome to participate in the lobby day, at least one member of the lobby team must be an ASMBS member.
  3. Grants from ObesityPAC may be combined with grants from other entities such as American College of Surgeons Lobby Day Grant Program, ACS or ASMBS State Chapter resources, corporate resources, hospital or physician group grant programs, or patient-advocacy programs.
  4. Grant funds must be used to cover travel expenses and associated costs of the Lobby Day including (but not limited to): travel and transportation costs, meeting expenses, meals, rental of AV equipment, acquisition of lobby services, contribuiton for participation in a coalition day, etc.
  5. Chapters may request up to $3,000 for expenses. The amount of the grant distributed will be at the discretion of the ObesityPAC Committee. Unspent funds must be returned to the ObesityPAC.
  6. An accounting of funds is expected after completion of the activity.
  7. A brief report describing the event and lessons learned for future interventions is expected within 30 days of the activity.

The ASMBS Access to Care Toolkit is an excellent resource for lobby materials.

Please submit an application for this grant as detailed above and become an active participant in the discussions on bariatric surgery in your state!

John M. Morton, MD MPH FASMBS
John Scott, MD FASMBS
Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

4. IH Presidential Message

Happy Fourth of July! I hope you are enjoying a safe and restful holiday weekend as you celebrate the Declaration of Independence.

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and congratulate Kelli Friedman and Connie Klein for planning and executing a highly successful ASMBS Weekend event in the Windy City in June. The line-up of topics and speakers did not disappoint those that attended – and included a playful debate on the DS between Dr. Rosenthal and Dr. Gagner, a panel discussion on marijuana, IH practice management, weight regain, and hot topics in IH. A shout-out to the Professional Education and Program Committee (Chair Leslie Heinberg, Co-Chair Hilary Blackwood) for their continued work behind the scenes on all educational events. Stay tuned for ObesityWeek – it will include many relevant pre-conference courses and symposiums to help educate IH on the latest topics. Registration will be opening soon. Sign up for email updates for more information.

Additionally, IFSO is offering an Integrated Health Webinar on "The Prevalence of Weight Bias and Stigma and the Role of Advocacy" that will be held on July 9th, 2019, at the following times:

5:00am Los Angeles (PDT)
8:00am NYC (EDT)
9:00am Sao Paulo (BRT)
1:00pm London Time (BST)
2:00pm Europe (CEST)
5:30pm New Dehli (IST)
9:00pm Tokyo, Seoul (JST)
10:00pm Melbourne (AEST)

Registration is free of charge.

Moderator: Tracy Martinez, USA, Chair of the IFSO IH Committee
Speaker: Joe Nadglowski, USA, President & CEO Obesity Action Coalition

Vicki Mooney, IE, EASO ECPO
John Dixon, AU, Monash University
Yitka Graham, UK, University of Sunderland
Limited number of seats available. Hurry up and secure your seat!

To register now, please click here:

FYI… an email request for nominations for the various IH awards will be coming soon. Please consider nominating one of your colleagues, or some other IH professional that meets the criteria.

Wishing you all a great summer. I look forward to seeing you at ObesityWeek.

Karen Flanders, MSN, ARNP, CBN
ASMBS IH President

5. Obesity Care Continuum June Report

A new OCC Advocacy Report for June 2019 is now available in the ASMBS Newsroom. This report covers updates to cosponsorship for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) and state advocacy efforts. Read the report.

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