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Posted 10/5/2020

October 2020 Edition

1. Presidential Messages

In lieu of their traditional written messages, Drs. Matt Hutter and Lisa West-Smith deliver this month’s Presidential Messages via video. Hear about the connection between COVID-19 and obesity, as well as upcoming ASMBS events and news. 

ASMBS Presidential Message

ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message

2. A Tribute to Harvey Sugerman

Join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Harvey Sugerman, a beloved icon in our field. This two hour presentation will honor Dr. Surgerman for his academic accomplishments and the impact he has made on our Society and our lives. Register now.

We invite you to submit photos or a brief video to be included in a montage during the presentation. Submit your video, two minutes or less, sharing a funny or interesting story about Dr. Sugerman or an important lesson you have learned from Dr. Sugerman. To submit photos ONLY, please email us at

Registration is free and open to the public. Please note that the event capacity is limited, and spots are available on a first-come-first serve basis. The presentation will also be live-streamed to the ASMBS Facebook page.

3. #NationalWFODay

The first-ever virtual National Walk from Obesity Day was a huge success in raising awareness for and in supporting the ASMBS Foundation’s mission.

In capturing the spirit of the Foundation, the support of over 1,200 participants, and 73 teams, the funds raised were well above expectations. Not only will the monies raised support a special grant that will fund critical research relative to COVID-19 and obesity as a risk factor, but an additional grant, as well as access to care initiatives.

Thank you to the Foundation’s WFO National Sponsors, Corporate and Chapter teams as well as all participants in supporting this critically needed research. This support will truly make a difference in the fight for treatment and prevention of the disease of obesity. The Foundation looks forward to sharing the status of the research grants in the future.

“Thank you. We could not do the work of the Foundation without all of our supporters”, said Paul Enochs, President, ASMBS Foundation.

4. Embracing Multidisciplinary Care

ASMBS is excited to announce our collaboration with the Obesity Medicine Association to bring you a new pre-conference course, Embracing Multidisciplinary Care – Medical and Surgical Care Under One Roof, as part of the OMA Overcoming Obesity 2020 Virtual Fall Conference. Learn about the key components of a multidisciplinary weight loss program and discover the benefits of incorporating obesity medicine expertise into such a program. Registration is Open.

Date: October 8, 2020
Accreditation: 7.5 CME/CE
Schedule: Thursday, Oct. 8 – 10:00-7:30 PM EDT

This course is designed to expand the knowledge of the obesity medicine physician who might consider becoming part of a medical and surgical weight loss program.

Why Attend?

  • Learn the various components of a multidisciplinary weight loss program
  • Explore the impacts an obesity medicine physician can have on such a program
  • Find out what parts various specialists play in the evaluation and treatment of weight loss patients
  • Learn how to use medications to support weight loss both before and after surgery
  • Consider the various behavioral health issues that can impact success before and after weight loss surgery
  • Examine the various procedures and operations that may be offered for weight loss, including revisions
  • Understand how best to communicate and collaborate with other providers on the patient’s healthcare team
  • Know when a medical weight loss patient should be referred for surgical weight loss

5. Obesity Care Continuum October 2020 Report

On September 18th, ASMBS joined with 21 other surgical specialty societies in calling on Congress to stop significant payment cuts that CMS is recommending for specialty physicians as part of the 2021 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. See the latest OCC Advocacy Report for more information regarding other national advocacy efforts that ASMBS is pursuing. 

In this report, prepared by Chris Gallagher, OCC Washington Representative: OCAN Leaders Continue Push for TROA Passage, PA STARS Continue Push for Medicaid Coverage of Obesity Drugs, and more.

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