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Chapter Information

Incorporated May 2012

Executive Officers

President: Neil Floch, MD
Vice President: Pavlos Papasavas, MD FASMBS
Immediate Past President: Aziz Benbrahim, MD FASMBS
Past President: Jonathan Aranow, MD
Secretary/Treasurer: Saber Ghiassi, MD MPH FASMBS
Integrated Health Chair: Sally Strange, PhD RN CBN
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Darren Tishler, MD FASMBS
Executive Director: Katy Dunay

Board Members

Geoffrey Nadzam, MD FASMBS
Jonathan Aranow, MD

Chapter Meetings

  • SAVE THE DATE! First Annual ASMBS CT State Chapter Meeting
    January 25-26, 2018
    Foxwoods Casino
    350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338
    We are assembling a committee to put this meeting together; if you would like to get involved please email our Executive Director Katy Dunay at katy@fcbariatrics.com

  • CT ASMBS State Chapter Meeting with New England ASMBS Chapter at ObesityWeek 2017
    7am-8am
    Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
    201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
    Chesapeake G Room

  • CT ASMBS Chapter Meeting at the CT ACS Meeting
    October 20, 2017
    Farmington Marriott
    15 Farm Springs Rd, Farmington, CT 06032

  • State Chapter Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA:
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6pm-7pm Central Time
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside, 2 Poydras Street, NOLA 70130, Room TBD

  • 9/14/16 Meeting for new Member at Large and Treasurer/Secretary acceptance (elections to be held prior via survey)

  • Summer Meeting June 2, 2016 at Trumbull Kitchen – resident presentations; Guest Dr. Raul Rosenthal, ASMBS President; 6/3/16 Grand Rounds with Dr. Rosenthal sponsored by chapter at Hartford Hospital

  • Northeast Regional ASMBS Meeting in conjunction with the New York State Chapter
    May 5-6, 2016

    • May 5th from 6:00PM-8:45PM
    • May 6th from 7:30AM-6PM
      New York Academy of Medicine
      1216 5th Avenue
      New York, NY 10029
  • Spring Meeting March 14, 2016 – discussion of upcoming CTASC for presentations

  • State Chapter Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #305

    • Bylaw amendments passed; membership amounts approved; Executive Director position discussed; partnership opportunity with New England Chapter discussed; elections for upcoming year discussed/ballot disclosed at future date
  • Spring Meeting May 14, 2015

  • Chapter Annual Meeting on November 5, 2014 at ObesityWeek in Boston, MA

Chapter Updates

  • Connecticut Walk From Obesity 2017 – September 9, 2017 at Hubbard Park in Meridan in collaboration with Bristol Hospital

  • August 2017 – CT Bariatric Physicians and Program Coordinators List – we are working to have a complete and updated list for all programs throughout the state; we have been able to gather contact information for the coordinators for each program and will reach out to the programs and physicians to invite and encourage membership with chapter. With better communication and outreach we hope to have more participation and engagement. If you have not received correspondence and wish to be included or if someone in your program should be receiving information please send updates to our Executive Director Katy Dunay at katy@fcbariatrics.com

  • 2016-2017 State of CT – STAR update shows that all work in the state is on hold due to an impasse with the state; there will be no extra spending on healthcare due to the poor state of the economy and budgetary limitations

  • Bristol Hospital Walk from Obesity October 2016 – all practices/members encouraged to participate with patient/staff/practice

  • Connecticut is one of the few New England states that is a “no coverage” state in the Affordable Care Act – work to change:

    • Political actions
    • Patients with no coverage speaking out
  • Formalization of elections and membership

Support Groups

Local programs per hospital – please contact your hospital for more information

Advocacy Information

View the Connecticut Essential Health Benefits Toolkit