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ASMBS Leadership Academy

The ASMBS Leadership Academy is a unique career development seminar and workshop for bariatric/advanced GI MIS fellows. The inaugural event will take place January 19th & 20th, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Invited attendees will have the opportunity to learn from esteemed faculty, ASMBS Executive Committee members, their peers, and industry experts. The program will provide young surgeons with tools they’ll need to successfully navigate life after fellowship and prepare them to become leaders in their practices, communities, and the field as a whole.

ASMBS will also host the ASMBS re-UNITED Meeting, following the Leadership Academy, on January 21st & 22nd, 2022, with reduced registration to fellows.

ASMBS is grateful for the support of our industry sponsors

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Program & Faculty

Folahan Ayoola, MD FACS FASMBS

Leading in a Diverse Environment: What You Need to Know

Dr. Ayoola practices at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Flower Mound, Medical City Frisco, and Baylor Trophy Club. He is the Medical Director of Weight Loss Specialists of North Texas and the Bariatric Surgery program at Texas Health in Flower Mound. He serves on multiple steering committees at Medical City Frisco. Dr. Ayoola is a speaker for multiple weight-loss pharmaceutical companies – educating physicians on the safe and efficacious use of these drugs. As an expert in the field, Dr. Ayoola also proctors and trains physicians interested in using the Da Vinci robotic platform for precise and safe robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Ayoola is an active member of the Texas Association of Bariatric Surgeons and the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric surgery, where he serves on various committees. Dr. Ayoola is board certified in General Surgery with Fellowship Training in Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery.

Shaniece Criss, ScD MPH MPA

Closing Keynote – Activate Your Strengths

Dr. Shaniece Criss is a health science faculty member at Furman University and a community-engaged qualitative researcher. As a founding member of the Big Data for Health Equity Research Collaborative, she works with university researchers from across the U.S. to investigate how societal issues impact health. With a passion for implementing effective interventions and policies, she earned her doctorate from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where she was awarded a Presidential Public Service Fellowship. She has a Master of Public Health from Emory University as well as an undergraduate degree in communication from Oglethorpe University. As a public health practitioner, she served as producer and host for a national television show for the Ministry of Health in Guyana during her Peace Corps service. Dr. Criss also held positions at ICF International, Centers for Disease Control, and CNN.

Matthew M. Hutter, MD MBA MPH FACS

ASMBS Past-President

Dr. Hutter is a general and gastrointestinal surgeon at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), where his clinical work focuses on advanced laparoscopic, foregut and bariatric surgery. He graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Medical School and completed his surgical training and a fellowship in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is a Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School. He earned a Master’s in Public Health at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Master’s in Business Administration from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the Director of the Codman Center for Clinical Effectiveness in Surgery and has been the Director of the MGH Weight Center for the past 7 years. He also serves as an executive director of the MGH Department of Surgery Quality and Safety Program. He served as the Chief of Clinical Operations at the Boston Hope Field Hospital during the COVID pandemic. Dr. Hutter was elected by membership to be the President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) from 2019-21.

Neil Ihde

Opening Keynote – 10 Mistakes Leaders Make & Dealing with Difficult People

Neil Ihde is a speaker, lecturer, consultant and founder of Life IQ where he motivates groups and individuals to work, play, relate and live intelligently. He has worked with numerous managers, directors, corporate leaders, and teams to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Neil has worked with over 25 Fortune 500 companies including AT&T, Discover Card, Domino’s, Transamerica, GE among others. Neil has also consulted internationally with clients from a dozen countries. He is a TEDx speaker and his Life IQ YouTube channel recently eclipsed a half-million views. Neil’s academic background includes a B.A. in Psychology, a B.A. in Sociology, and a MA in Counseling. Neil and his wife Deb have two children and live in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Shanu Kothari, MD

ASMBS President – Why Leadership Matters

Shanu N. Kothari MD, FACS, FASMBS is the current President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He is the Jean and H. Harlan Stone Endowed Chair of Surgery at Prisma Health in Greenville, SC. He is a Professor of Surgery at the University of South Carolina, Greenville. Prior to this he was in practice for 18 years at the Gundersen Clinic in La Crosse, WI. Dr. Kothari has authored over 130 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 18 book chapters, and has served as the senior editor of the 2011 and 2021 Surgical Clinics of North America issues dedicated to Metabolic and Bariatric surgery. He is currently the President of the Southwestern Surgical Congress and 1st Vice President of the Fellowship Council.

Marina Kurian, MD FACS FASMBS

ASMBS Secretary/Treasurer

Marina Kurian, MD, FACS, FASMBS practices in New York City and her focus is minimally invasive bariatric and foregut surgery. She is a clinical professor of Surgery at NYU Langone Health. Within ASMBS, she has been on several committees from insurance to executive council. Dr. Kurian also worked to get the BE SAFE program and testing off the ground. She started her practice in community practice, then academics and is now in private practice. She is the current secretary/ treasurer of the ASMBS.


ASMBS President-Elect

Dr. LaMasters received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota School of Medicine in 2001. She completed her residency in General Surgery at the University of Kansas School of Medicine – Wichita in 2006. She then went on to complete advanced training with a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery with an emphasis in Bariatric and Robotic Surgery in 2007 at Stanford University in California. She joined the UnityPoint Clinic Weight Loss Specialists in August of 2007. She is the Medical Director of the UnityPoint Clinic Weight Loss Specialists in West Des Moines Iowa and leads a comprehensive team providing both medical and surgical treatment for people with the disease of obesity.

Rev. Matt Norvell, DMin MS BCC

Navigating the Impact of Adverse Events

Rev. Matt Norvell is a Pediatric Chaplain and Clinical Manager in the Department of Spiritual Care at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He is endorsed and ordained in the Alliance of Baptists denomination. He is a Board Certified Chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains and is a Certified Counselor through the National Board of Certified Counselors. Matt currently serves on the pediatric palliative care team, leads the Children’s Center Annual Tribute Service, serves on the hospital Diversity Council, and is the education chair for the Johns Hopkins Hospital ethics committee. He provides leadership support for the Johns Hopkins Hospital RISE (Resilience In Stressful Events) Team which provides trained peer support for employees who encounter stressful, patient related events. Matt is one of the co-developers and presenters of the Caring for the Caregiver curriculum which assists other health care institutions to establish their own peer support programs.

Andrew VanOsdol, MD

Leading Through Missions: Lessons Learned from Haiti

Dr. VanOsdol is a general surgeon at Monument Health in Spearfish South Dakota. He is the Director of Surgical Services at Monument Health Spearfish Hospital and an associate professor at the University Of South Dakota Sanford School Of Medicine. Amongst various other positions within Monument Health System he is also the medical director of the MBSAQIP Accredited Comprehensive Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery center in Spearfish. His clinic practice focuses on advanced laparoscopic foregut and bariatric surgery. He is also on the board of directors for project Haiti, a non profit organization focusing on working with local doctors and residents to advance medical care within the country of Haiti.


Wednesday, January 19th  
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Registration Opens  
4:15 PM 4:25 PM Opening Session – Why Leadership Matters Shanu Kothari, MD
4:25 PM 4:55 PM Industry Presentation – Apollo Endosurgery: ESG and Endoscopic Revision Procedures Erik Wilson, MD
4:55 PM 5:10 PM Meet the Executive Committee to the Executive Council (ECEC) – Leading in a Variety of Health Care Delivery Models: Lessons Learned Shanu Kothari, MD
Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS
5:10 PM 5:40 PM Industry Presentation – Intuitive Surgical: The Bariatric Fellowship and Transition into Practice with da Vinci Monique Hassan, MD, FACS, FASMBS, DABOM
5:40 PM 6:00 PM Break  
6:00 PM 7:05 PM Opening Keynote – 10 Mistakes Leaders Make Neil Ihde
Thursday, January 20th
7:00 AM 7:55 AM Medtronic Breakfast Symposia: Safe Introduction of a Bariatric Surgery Program: Preoperative, Intraoperative, and Postoperative Tips & Tricks

NovoNordisk Breakfast Symposia: Paving the Way for a Comprehensive Approach to Managing Obesity

8:00 AM 8:05 AM Industry Pearls – NovoNordisk  
8:05 AM 9:05 AM Opening Session – Dealing with Difficult People Neil Ihde
9:05 AM 9:50 AM Industry Presentation – Medtronic – The Drama of a Young Surgical Career: What Not to Do Rami Lutfi, MD FASMBS
Ann Rogers, MD FASMBS
Ninh Nguyen, MD
Mona Misra, MD FASMBS
9:50 AM 10:10 AM Break  
10:10 AM 10:40 AM Leading in a Diverse Environment: What You Need to Know Folahan Ayoola, MD FASMBS
11:05 AM 11:10 AM Industry Pearls – Intuitive Surgical  
11:10 AM 11:40 AM The Surgeon Leader in Quality Improvement Matt Hutter, MD MBA MPH FASMBS
11:40 AM 11:45 AM Industry Pearls – ReShape Lifesciences  
11:50 AM 1:00 PM Lunch: Industry Quickshots
ReShape Lifesciences
W.L. Gore: Together Improving Life
Moderated by Shanu Kothari, MD
Carl Pesta, DO

1:00 PM 2:00 PM Navigating the Impact of Adverse Events Rev. Matt Norvell, DMin, MS, BCC
2:00 PM 2:45 PM Industry Presentation – NovoNordisk – Evolving Treatment Options for Obesity: The Impact of a GLP-1RA on Chronic Weight Management Deborah Horn, DO
2:45 PM 3:15 PM Leading Through Missions: Lessons Learned from Haiti Andrew VanOsdol, MD
3:15 PM 3:20 PM Industry Pearls – Medtronic  
3:20 PM 3:40 PM Break  
3:40 PM 4:40 PM Closing Keynote – Activate Your Strengths Shaniece Criss, ScD, MPH, MPA
4:40 PM 5:00 PM Close Shanu Kothari, MD
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Networking Reception  
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