Illinois State Chapter

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Incorporated July 2006

Mission Statement

To promote the common interest of bariatric surgeons; To promote the bariatric surgery services by educating physicians, third party payors and the public on bariatric surgery and related services through seminars, publication and other means common to medical societies to advance the bariatric services industry in Illinois and skill of its practitioners; To Promote clinical excellence among all providers of bariatric surgery and related services in Illinois through training and promotion of best industry standards of practice.

Executive Officers

President: Jonathan Wallace, MD FASMBS
Vice President: Frederick Tiesenga, MD
Immediate Past President: Vafa Shayani, MD FASMBS
Past President: Rami Lutfi, MD FASMBS
Senior Past President: Christopher D. Joyce, MD FASMBS
Secretary/Treasurer: Daniel Wool, MD
Integrated Health Chair: Tina Musselman, MA RD CCN
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Jayaraj Salimath, DO BSN

Board Members

David O. Woodard, MD
Blair M. Rowitz, MD FASMBS

Contact Info

Jonathan Wallace, MD FASMBS
306 Elmore Street
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Chapter Meetings and Events

  • Illinois Association of Bariatric Surgeons Spring Dinner
    April 26, 2018
    The Sleeve Gastrectomy: How a Great Operation is Killing Bariatric Surgery
    Guest Speaker Dr. Daniel Cottam, M.D., Director of the Bariatric Medicine Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah
    Register Online

  • Save the Date for the Fall Summit: 5th Annual Midwest Bariatric Summit
    October 4-5, 2018

  • 2017 Walk from Obesity in Chicago, IL
    Where: Montrose Beach, 601 W. Montrose, Chicago, IL
    Starts: 11/12/2017 at 8:30AM
    Ends: 12:30PM
    Check-in Time: 8:30AM to 9:30AM
    Registration Cutoff: 11/10/2017 at 12:00PM
    Donation Cutoff: 12/31/2017 at 1:45PM
    Contact: Jenna Giannetti | Jennifer Martin
    Phone: 312-996-6838
    Email Address:

  • 4th Annual Midwest Bariatric Summit
    October 12-13, 2017
    The Gleacher Center
    450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
    Chicago, IL
    Guest Speaker: Natan Zundel, MD FASMBS

    Back by popular demand, plan to kick off your conference experience with dinner on Thursday, October 12 at Michael Jordan’s Restaurant followed by a full day of education and networking on Friday, October 13, for physicians and allied health professionals. There will be something for everyone! Program details to follow.
    Register here
    Sponsorship Opportunities Available – contact Christine (Chris) Glatz at 815-806-4908 or email Chris at

  • IABS Spring 2017 Dinner
    Register here
    April 27, 2017
    6pm – Cocktails
    7pm – Dinner & Program 9pm – Adjourn

    Ditka’s Restaurant
    2 Mid America Plaza #100
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
    Guest Speaker: Shanu N. Kothari, MD, FACS, FASMBS, General Surgery, Gundersen Health System, La Crosse, WI: “The Changing Face of Healthcare and its Impact on Bariatric Surgery” (CME and CEU Activity)

    Illinois State Chapter Members: Free
    Physicians Non-Members: $50
    Allied Health Members: Free
    Allied Health Non-Members: $25
    Industry Professionals: $150

    *Attention Industry Professionals! IABS is seeking your support of their 2017 educational program initiatives. To learn more about the different levels offered, contact Christine (Chris) Glatz at 815-806-4908 or email Chris at

  • Illinois State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6:15-7:15pm Central
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Prince of Wales Room

  • 4th Annual Midwest Bariatric Summit
    September 22-23, 2016
    The Gleacher Center
    450 N. Cityfront Plaza Drive
    Chicago, IL
    Featuring Keynote Speaker:
    Dr. Stacey Brethauer, President Elect of ASMBS
    Special Guest Speaker:
    Dr. Rachel Moore, Executive Council Member of ASMBS
    “Bariatric Surgery: One and Done or Series of Interventions?”

  • IABS Spring 2016 Dinner
    April 21, 2016
    Ditka’s Oakbrook Terrace
    Two Mid America Plaza
    Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
    Guest Speaker: Dr. Samer Mattar, Secretary/Treasurer, ASMBS, “Promoting Innovation While Enhancing Patient Safety: Challenges and Solutions” (CME and CEU Activity)

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #407

    • On behalf of Dr. Joyce, State and Local Chapter Committee Chair, Dr. Moore, State and Local Chapter Committee Co-Chair, and Dr. Shayani, Illinois State Chapter President, all ASMBS Members from the neighboring states of Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are invited to join this meeting
  • September 25, 2015 – Second Annual Midwest America Bariatric Summit, Chicago, IL

    • Members from the eleven other states in the Midwest region invited to attend
    • Guest Speakers: Dr. George Fielding and Dr. Christine Ren
    • 16 presentations given during a full day of educational activities
  • March 26, 2015 – Dinner Lecture/Meeting with CME Activity
    • Keynote Speaker Jaime Ponce, MD, ASMBS Past President: “Sleeve Gastrectomy: The Most Common Bariatric Procedure in 2015 – Needs and Controversies” at Ditka’s, Oakbrook, IL
    • Cocktails: 6:00pm
    • Dinner and Presentation: 7:00pm

Chapter Updates

The main annual meeting has shifted from summer to fall over the past couple of years. The last such meeting was held in October 2014 and it was a 1.25 day CME meeting which included members from the neighboring/Midwestern states (Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, and Wisconsin). The meeting included 10 hours of CME activities including a keynote speech by ASMBS President, Dr. John Morton, and the business meeting for members in good standing. We hope to continue this event annually going forward.

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