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Chapter Information

Incorporated May 2008

Mission Statement

The mission of the Bariatric Society of the Carolinas is to enhance awareness of bariatric surgery in communities, fight for increased access to bariatric care, provide a platform for collaboration, and promote fellowship among bariatric surgical providers in the great states of North and South Carolina.

Executive Officers

President: Rana Pullatt, MD MS MRCS FACS FASMBS
President-Elect: Dana Portenier, MD
Secretary: Charles Kenneth Mitchell, MD FACS FASMBS
Treasurer: Keri Seymour, DO
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Ranjan Sudan, MD FASMBS
Immediate Past President: David Wayne Overby, MD
Past President: Jason Johnson, DO
Past President: Ranjan Sudan, MD FASMBS

Contact

Rana Pullatt, MD MS MRCS FASMBS
Diplomate in Obesity Medicine/Professor of Surgery/Clinical Director Bariatric & Robotic Surgery/Medical University of South Carolina/Director Bariatric Surgery VISN-7
746 Navigators Run
Mt Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

Chapter Meetings

  • TBD July 2020 meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Bariatric Society of the Carolinas Chapter meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 for Surgeons and Integrated Health
    Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    Time: 5:15pm-6:15pm Pacific
    Where: Mandalay Bay, Reef B Room – Level 2; 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119
    Please email me with any questions pullattr@musc.edu

    If you have any integrated health members who may not be getting this email, please forward, and have them connect with Nina Crowley, IH liaison at crowleyn@musc.edu – be sure to have them join the IH Carolinas FB Page

  • July 19-21, 2019 – 2018 JOINT ANNUAL MEETING South Carolina & North Carolina Chapters of the American College of Surgeons, South Carolina Vascular Surgical Society, and Bariatric Society of the Carolinas

    Bariatric Society of the Carolinas Chapter Meeting – Saturday July 20, 2019
    Pinehurst Resort
    80 Carolina Vista Dr
    Pinehurst, NC 28374

    #CarolinaACS19

    https://www.ncfacs.org/meeting/
    https://scfacs.org/meetings/2019-annual-meeting/

    3rd Annual Integrated Health Workshop in conjunction with the Bariatric Society of the Carolinas (SC/NC) Meeting: We are pleased to offer 3 Continuing Education Credits through the ASMBS/Taylor College in Los Angeles with your event registration fee of $40.

  • Carolinas Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018

    • Date: Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • Time: 5:15pm-6:15pm
    • Where: Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Cumberland 6 Room
  • July 13-15, 2018 – 2018 JOINT ANNUAL MEETING South Carolina & North Carolina Chapters of the American College of Surgeons, South Carolina Vascular Surgical Society, and Bariatric Society of the Carolinas
    Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes
    8400 Costa Verde Dr, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
    Click here for more information

  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 – Annual Meeting in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons NC Chapter 2017 Annual Meeting
    Pinehurst Resort
    80 Carolina Vista Drive
    Pinehurst, NC, 28374
    12pm-5pm
    Keynote Speaker: ASMBS President Stacy Brethauer, MD

    • Medtronic sponsored dinner symposium for surgeons at 7pm on Friday evening at Southern Prime Steakhouse in Pinehurst
    • Surgeon dinner sponsored by Ethicon Saturday
    • Sunday will be on your own to either attend any of the ACS sessions, or enjoy any of the golf or spa amenities that Pinehurst has to offer

    Click here for more information

    • ASMBS Bariatric Society of the Carolinas (BSC) First Annual Integrated Health (IH) Workshop – we will begin with Lunch and the Keynote address and then breakout into the IH sessions from 1-4 pm, and rejoin the group for the Closing Session from 4-5 pm; After the formal program, please plan to join us for an Integrated Health Networking Happy Hour sponsored by Bariatric Advantage from 5-7 pm to get to know your peers over some drinks and appetizers!
  • Carolinas Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6:15-7:15pm Central
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Marlborough Room

  • Saturday July 16, 2016 – Annual Meeting in conjunction with the American College of Surgeons NC Chapter 2016 Annual Meeting
    Myrtle Beach Marriott Resort & Spa at Grande Dunes
    8400 Costa Verde Drive
    Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29572

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #405

  • July 18, 2015 – Pinehust, NC
    Annual Meeting held in conjunction with American College of Surgeons NC Chapter 2015 Annual Meeting

  • July 2014 – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

  • July 2015 – Pine Crest, North Carolina

Chapter Updates

  • The IH team secured both sponsorship from our industry partners and continuing education from the ASMBS for the workshop, proving that the ASMBS IH members are an interested and valuable part of the state chapter membership. In addition to educational sessions, our members had opportunities for networking and sharing best practices within and across states. The IH section has been active using social media with a facebook group used for networking questions, and as a platform to stream live educational sessions to those who could not attend the meeting.

  • The BSC has worked to represent practices across both states to overcome some insurance coverage barriers and provide a forum for members to network, share clinical experiences, and provide continuing education.

  • Access to care continues to challenge patients in our states. Members including John Scott, MD (ASMBS Super STAR and Chapter Past President) and Ranjan Sudan, MD (ASMBS STAR and Chapter Past President) have worked to improve coverage for state employees and those covered by the dominant 3rd party payers. We have seen some successes; one of our SC Medicaid plans, Select Health has lowered the BMI threshold for people with diabetes to BMI 30-35. We hope to see coverage for bariatric surgery for the State Health Plan Employees of South Carolina, which has been limited since the benefit was dropped in 2005.

  • The BSC chapter continues to work to improve access to care for people living in SC and NC who struggle with obesity and we hope to continue to have active, engaged membership throughout the year, between meetings. We are already looking forward to what Dr. John Scott has planned for our July 2020 meeting in Myrtle Beach, SC.

  • Ongoing access issues with South Carolina state employee

  • Ongoing access issues with NC Medicaid

  • Selection of New Officers in 2013

  • Reversal of Blue Cross Blue Shield 6 months medical weight loss requirements

  • Lobbying State of South Carolina for increased bariatric coverage

Advocacy Information

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