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2nd Annual ASMBS Leadership Academy

The 2nd Annual ASMBS Leadership Academy is a unique career development seminar and workshop for bariatric/advanced GI MIS fellows. The 2nd Annual event will take place November 9th and 10th, 2022, in San Antonio, TX. 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 2022 Weekend Meeting, following the 2nd Annual ASMBS Leadership Academy, on November 11th-12th, 2022, with reduced registration to fellows.


Folahan Ayoola, MD FACS FASMBS

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

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.

Neil Ihde

Opening Keynote

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.

Rev. Matt Norvell, DMin MS BCC

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.

John Scott, MD FASMBS

Dr. Scott is a Clinical Professor of Surgery with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Director for the bariatric surgical program of Prisma Health. He also serves as the Chief for the Division of Minimal Access and Bariatric Surgery for the Prisma Health Department of Surgery, the assistant program director for Prisma Health Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) fellowship program, and the medical director for Nutrition Solutions. The scope of his research has centered new technology and comorbidity reduction as well as studies on access to bariatric care. In addition to his duties with Prisma Health – Upstate, he serves as a member of the ASMBS Executive Council and as the chairman of the Program Committee. He participates in a number of other regional and national committees for bariatric surgery issues. He has previously served as the president of the Bariatric Society of the Carolinas, Chairman of the ASMBS Access to Care Committee, and as a member of the South Carolina Medical Association Childhood Obesity Taskforce. He is currently on the board of directors for the ObesityPAC. Dr. Scott is board-certified in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery and active in the American College of Surgeons (ACS), the Southeastern Surgical Congress, and ASMBS. He is a fellow of the ACS and the ASMBS.


Wednesday, November 9th  
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Registration Opens  
5:00 PM 5:15 PM Welcome, Program Overview, Expectations, Why leadership matters Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS
Shanu Kothari, MD FACS
5:15 PM 5:45 PM Industry Presentation: Ethicon  
6:00 PM 7:05 PM Opening Keynote – “10 Mistakes Leaders Make” Neil Ihde
TBD TBD Industry Dinner  
Thursday, November 10th  
7:00 AM 7:50 AM Breakfast Symposium  
8:00 AM 8:05 AM Industry Pearls – ReShape Lifesciences  
8:05 AM 9:05 AM Dealing with difficult people Neil Ihde
9:05 AM 9:50 AM Industry Presentation: Medtronic – Plat  
9:50 AM 10:05 AM Break  
10:05 AM 10:10 AM Industry Pearls – Intuitive  
10:10 AM 10:50 AM Leading in a diverse environment: what you need to know Folahan Ayoola, MD FACS FASMBS
10:50 AM 10:55 AM Industry Pearls – Ethicon  
10:55 AM 11:25 AM The Surgeon Leader in Quality Improvement Matt Hutter, MD MBA MPH
11:25 AM 11:30 AM Industry Pearls – Medtronic  
11:30 AM 12:00 PM Leading through advocacy John Scott, MD
12:00 PM 1:10 PM Lunch TBD
1:10 PM 2:10 PM Dealing with adverse outcomes Matt Norwell, DMin MS BCC
2:10 PM 2:55 PM Industry Presentation: Intuituve  
2:55 PM 3:10 PM Break  
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Reception with Leadership  
TBD TBD Industry Dinner  
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