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Posted 9/5/2023

September 2023 Edition

1. Presidential Messages

Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS and Stephanie Sogg, PhD deliver the monthly Presidential Video Message. Hear about the current state of the Society and upcoming events. 

ASMBS Presidential Message

ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Message

2. Education & Events

Don’t miss out on our exclusive offer! Secure your spot now for ASMBS Weekend at the most affordable rates!

ASMBS Weekend is tailor-made for metabolic and bariatric surgeons as well as integrated health professionals. Join us for a fantastic experience filled with in-depth, evidence-based educational sessions, engaging exhibits, and thought-provoking symposia. Plus, seize the chance to foster valuable connections within your field.

Hurry, as today (September 5th) marks the final opportunity to take advantage of our discounted meeting rate!

For any inquiries or additional information, please contact us at


September 6th at 8:00 PM EDT

This webinar is open to ASMBS Members Only and aims to discuss the recent AMA decision on BMI and Resolution 224, MBS as an outpatient, and Gold Carding. Following the presentations, there will be an open discussion, and Q&A. Registration is required to attend. Register Here!

Upcoming Webinars

3. Committee Updates

Raising Awareness for Childhood Obesity Month

Author Dr. Marwa Abu El Haija for the ASMBS Pediatric Committee

ASMBS Pediatric Committee Supports National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month September 2023, a month dedicated to educating children and their families on how to prevent childhood obesity.

  1. ODP396 The Relationship Between Baseline Metabolic Factors and Post-surgical Weight Loss Outcomes in Adolescents Undergoing Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy
  2. This reports describes their center data where patients with elevated Hemoglobin A1c may have greater weight loss post sleeve gastrectomy, a criteria helpful to consider in patients with prediabetes.

  3. Cardiovascular Outcomes Following Adolescent Bariatric Surgery
  4. This is a summary paper for available literature on the effect of bariatric surgery on cardiometabolic risk factors. Concluding that the surgery significantly improves metabolic risk factors in adolescent population.,92%25%20for%20elevated%20liver%20enzymes.
  5. Current Issues in Bariatric Surgery for Adolescents with Severe Obesity: Durability, Complications, and Timing of Intervention
  6. Summary of long term outcomes for bariatric surgery in major adolescent focused studies (Teen-LABS, AMOS, FABS 5+). This report nicely summarizes weight changes, metabolic risk factor improvements and micronutrient deficiencies.

  7. Low-calorie Sweeteners: Disturbing the Energy Balance Equation in Adolescents?
  8. Consumption of Low calorie sweeteners was associated increase odd of obesity in this report, independently of energy balance.

  9. Adolescent Bariatric Surgery: A Parent and Patient’s Perspective on the Journey to an Effective Treatment Option
  10. A mother and her adolescent daughter perspective about the journey to bariatric surgery, with a strong message to physicians and adolescents on when to seek surgery.

  11. Patients Taking Popular Medications for Diabetes and Weight Loss Should Stop Before Elective Surgery, ASA Suggests
  12. Stopping GLP-1 agonist in patients with obesity before their procedure and surgery. Recommendations by the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Summary of recommendations:

    Day or week prior to the procedure:

  • Hold GLP-1 agonists on the day of the procedure/surgery for patients who take the medication daily.
  • Hold GLP-1 agonists a week prior to the procedure/surgery for patients who take the medication weekly.
  • Consider consulting with an endocrinologist for guidance in patients who are taking GLP-1 agonists for diabetes management to help control their condition and prevent hyperglycemia (high blood sugar).

4. Membership News

2023 ASMBS Fellowship Certificate

Finished Your Fellowship? Apply today for your ASMBS Fellowship Certificate. Applications Now Accepted through October 1, 2023. For more information, visit

5. Advocacy & Access to Care

Blue Shield CA

(3 million covered lives) made minor changes to their bariatric surgery policy and published a new Bariatric Surgery Prior Auth Form Added to the list of clinically significant obesity-related diseases:

  • Idiopathic intracranial hypertension
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Blount disease
  • Slipped capital femoral epiphysis


(2.2 million covered lives) updated their bariatric surgery policy

  • Added a medically necessary statement for revision surgeries that allows coverage for GERD
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