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Chapter Information

Incorporated June 2009

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Mission Statement

To promote the interchange of ideas, information and experience among bariatric surgeons, to promote improved perioperative and long-term care of patients and reduce patient risk, and to encourage and foster education and educational programs for the physicians, lay people and paramedical persons involved in the care of bariatric surgical patients.

Executive Officers

President: Danny Vaughn, MD FACS
Vice President: Shaneeta Johnson, MD FASMBS FACS
Treasurer/Secretary: Jamil Stetler, MD FACS
Executive Director: Kathryn Browning
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Renee Hilton, MD


Kathryn Browning
1740 Hudson Bridge Road Suite 1224
Stockbridge, GA 30281

Chapter Meetings

    AUGUST 16-18, 2019
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  • Annual Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018 in Nashville, TN:
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    5:15-6:15pm Central Time
    Omni Nashville, Cumberland 4 Room
    250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

  • 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

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

Chapter Updates


  • The Georgia Chapter of the ASMBS is planning a meeting on Friday August 16, 2019 at the King and Prince Beach Resort, St. Simons Island, GA. Once the new slate of officers is installed at the end of 2018, planning for the 2019 meeting will begin. Access to care for Georgia patients will remain a top priority for the chapter, including the restoration of the insurance benefit covering bariatric surgery for Georgia’s state employees, retirees and teachers.

  • The Georgia Chapter continues to seek legislative relief for the lack of coverage for bariatric surgery in the State Health Benefit Plan. This is the primary focus of the GA Chapter’s advocacy and access to care efforts.

2017 and prior years

  • Access to bariatric surgery for the State Health Benefit Plan remains the top priority. While we have been successful getting a legislative pilot project, permanent restoration of the benefit is the goal.

  • The Georgia Chapter has been working tirelessly for the past few years to have the bariatric surgery benefit restored in the Georgia State Employee Health Benefit Plan (SHBP). Finally, in 2014, The Chapter achieved success when the Georgia Governor signed into law HB 511 creating a 2-year pilot project covering surgery for 75 patients for each of the two years. Data collected from the treatment of the pilot project patients will be analyzed to determine the cost/benefit ratio of the coverage. The Chapter has been closely involved with the implementation of HB 511. Three members of the chapter were appointed by the Governor to advise the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) during the pilot program. The pilot is now in its second year of implementation and the data from year one is being analyzed. Special thanks to the Obesity Action Collation’s Executive Director, Joe Nadglowski for his continued assistance and counsel.

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