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Posted 11/5/2019

November 2019 Edition

1. Letter from the Program Committee

Dear ASMBS Members and ObesityWeek Attendees,

With the primary theme of the ASMBS Annual Meeting this year being Diabetes, we encourage you to seek out 2 of our collaborative sessions on Diabetes. We brought in some big names in diabetes to lead the way. On Tuesday afternoon at 3:45-5pm we will have a session entitled “Diabetes and the Metabolic Surgeon – How, Who, Where and What?” led by Dr. Ali Aminian. We have also teamed up with the ADA in a joint session on Interventional Treatment of Diabetes on Wednesday afternoon from 1:30-3pm, lead by ASMBS President Dr. Eric DeMaria and Dr. William Cefalu, the current Director of the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic Diseases (DEM) at the NIDDK, NIH.

But our meeting collaboration doesn’t end here! We have several sessions with other likeminded organizations. The ASMBS and IFSO will host a collaborative session on One Anastomosis Procedures on Wednesday from 3:45-5pm. We have teamed up with the second largest bariatric society in the world from Brazil – Thursday from 8-9:30am – expect discussions to include techniques being developed and why the roux-en-y gastric bypass remains the top surgery in Brazil. Our colleagues from Mexico have teamed up with us to discuss Medical Tourism in Bariatric Surgery on Thursday from 10:30-12pm. Come and hear how our 2 societies are collaborating to bring better care to all of our patients. The ASMBS and OMA have joined forces to bring a session on “Synergy in Practice” on Thursday from 1:30-3pm. If you are trying to figure out how to best bring it all together – don’t miss out on this session.

Another highlight of the ASMBS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 will be the “Inclusion and Engagement Symposia” on Thursday at 10:30 AM. This seminar will be led by the Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee Dr. Farah Husain and co-Chaired by the recently elected Secretary/Treasurer and future ASMBS President Dr. Teresa LaMasters as well as the Membership Committee Chair Dr. Keith Scharf. The fostering of increased diversity in the ASMBS is one of the more important factors that will help determine the direction of our future growth as a sub-specialty. This symposium will highlight the importance of inclusion and diversity in healthcare and help educate our membership on recognition of barriers to increasing diversity in our workforce. The topics and concepts discussed will have broad implications on how the rest of the healthcare industry and our own patients view our organization. We anticipate a large crowd, so please come early to reserve your seat.

Everyone loves coffee during session breaks. We know we like going around the exhibit hall and visiting with our sponsors and grabbing another cup of Joe. Did you know we have a special series of presentations in the exhibit hall concurrent with scheduled session breaks? The All-Stars of Bariatric Surgery (also known as the Former Presidents) will be individually moderating the first ever rapid-fire Presidential Grand Rounds Sessions in the Exhibit Hall. There is no better treat than watching the greatest bariatric surgeons in the world share their knowledge and experience with young researchers just starting their own professional journey. How many career paths will be influenced by these interactions? Who knows, but you can say you were there when it all started.

Best Regards,

Richard Peterson, MD FASMBS
Program Committee Chair

John Scott, MD FASMBS
Program Committee Co-Chair

2. Committees of the Year Winners

Join us in congratulating the 2019 MD & IH Committees of the Year! Congratulations to Drs. Joe Northup, Margaret Inman, and Michael Seger from the Access to Care Committee and to John Archibeque, MSN, MBA, CBSGL, RN, CBN, and Abigail Schroder, PA-C, from the Integrated Health Communications Committee. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication! 

3. ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery – New Edition Available!

Pick up your second edition of The ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery at the ASMBS Resource Center at ObesityWeek! Editors will be onsite during the Wednesday morning and afternoon breaks to answer questions and personally sign copies. We’ll see you there!

4. IH Presidential Message

As you read this Top 5 on the 5th, the ASMBS Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek is in full swing. What a great turnout, and even better agenda – many thanks to Dr. Leslie Heinberg and Hilary Blackwood, ARNP and the entire IH Program and Professional Education Committee for developing and executing such a successful educational offering.

Many congratulations on the recent elections – congratulations to Dr. Nina Crowley elected as the IH Secretary, and to Drs. Lilian Craggs-Dino and Rachel Goldman elected into the IH Member-at-Large positions. Also congratulations to the IH award recipients – Anna Hazinakis, RN, BSN, CBN for Certified Bariatric Nurse award, Reeger Cortell, FNP-C, RNFA for the Distinguished Advanced Practice Provider award and Dr. Jim Mitchell for the Distinguished Behavioral Health Provider award. These awards represent very talented, dedicated and deserving providers/clinicians. CONGRATULATIONS all!!

For those who are not aware, I will be stepping down as the IH President in a matter of days. I cannot even begin to summarize my experience, so let me simply say thank you.

Thank you to all the ASMBS staff for their assistance and guidance over the years. A very special thank you and shout out to Jenny Wynn for the endless calls and continuous emails – and for your friendship these past several years. You have been an invaluable resource.

Thank you to the surgeon’s Executive Council for your support in helping Integrated Health have a voice… and making it stronger. I am so very grateful for your support; especially to those I served as President alongside with – Drs. Stacy Brethauer, Samar Mattar, and Eric DeMaria.

I also want to give a huge shout out to all the past IH Presidents. It is through all your work and the foundation that you set that I was able to accomplish so much, and continue with all that you have done.

And many thanks to the IH committee chairs and members, and to all the IH membership. Your support, dedication and commitment to your patients, to the treatment of obesity and to ASMBS has exemplified the definition of professionalism and the interprofessional (or multidisciplinary) team. Keep fighting the fight, and always stay true.

A ginormous thank you goes out to my family. My husband and 3 boys (actually men at this stage in their lives) have been extremely patient and understanding during the many conferences and retreats, numerous phone calls and the many after-hours work. Be prepared boys… now I’ll be home more (no more ordering out when I’m away – LOL), and I’ll be talking a lot more too – my boys think I ask too many questions (just wait).

The past 3 years have taught me a lot about myself both personally and professionally. Much has been accomplished (please see the Annual Report for more details), yet much more still needs to be done. A word of advice – get involved!! It is through you that we make great strides in this fight. We need everyone to become involved. So join a committee.

Before ending this final 5 on the 5th for me, let me again welcome Dr. Lisa West-Smith. Dr. West-Smith is the incoming IH President for next year and has many years of experience in metabolic and bariatric surgery, as well as on the IHEC. I am confident she will represent Integrated Health well and do an outstanding job. I am very excited to see all she will accomplish as the IH President! Please join me in congratulating and welcoming Dr. West-Smith into this position.

Finally, I want to end by thanking everyone for the Circle of Excellence and Distinguished Service Award – what a great honor and recognition. And what a great way to end my presidency!! Although this is the end of my presidency, I will continue to stay involved and continue to fight for the prevention and treatment of the disease of obesity. Thank you again and again.

Best regards,

Karen Flanders, MSN, ARNP, CBN
ASMBS IH President

5. Register for Surgery of the Foregut Symposium

The 19th Annual Surgery of the Foregut Symposium will be held at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables, Florida. As in previous years, a “first-class” group of world renowned gastrointestinal surgeons, gastroenterologists and oncologists have been invited to share their expertise and updates on the most recent technological and therapeutic advances in this steadily evolving field. Since 1999, this 4 days course has become one of the most prestigious forums in the field of foregut surgery with attendees and faculty travelling from around the globe. Click here more for information and to register now.

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