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Chapter Information

Incorporated May 2012

Executive Officers

President: Pavlos Papasavas, MD FASMBS
Vice President: Goeffrey Nadzam, MD FASMBS
Immediate Past President: Neil Floch, MD
Past President: Aziz Benbrahim, MD FASMBS
Past President: Jonathan Aranow, MD
Secretary/Treasurer: Saber Ghiassi, MD MPH FASMBS
Integrated Health Chair: Dawn Garcia, APRN
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Darren Tishler, MD FASMBS
Executive Director: Katy Dunay

Members at Large

Jonathan Aranow, MD
Jon Pirrello, MD
Makram Gedeon, MD FASMBS

Board Members

Geoffrey Nadzam, MD FASMBS
Jonathan Aranow, MD

Chapter Contact

Chapter Meetings

  • Obesity Summit of the ASMBS Connecticut Chapter 2020
    January 23-24
    For more information click here

  • Connecticut State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    5:15-6:15pm Pacific
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, Lagoon K Room

  • ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity 2019
    Saturday, October 5, 2019
    Hubbard Park
    999 West Main Street
    Meridian, CT 06451

  • First Annual ASMBS CT State Chapter Meeting
    January 25-26, 2018
    Foxwoods Casino
    350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338
    If you have any questions please contact our Executive Director Katy Dunay at
    For More Information or to Register for Meeting

  • Connecticut State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018:
    Tuesday, November 13
    Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Music Row 3 Room

  • CT ASMBS State Chapter Meeting with New England ASMBS Chapter at ObesityWeek 2017
    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

  • 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

  • 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

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