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Chapter Information

Incorporated July 2012

Mission Statement

The Indiana State Chapter of the ASMBS is a collaborative unit of healthcare professionals advocating for Hoosiers impacted by obesity. The chapter consists of bariatric surgeons, integrated health professionals, and medical bariatricians who provide medically necessary care and treatment to those impacted by Obesity.

Executive Officers

President: Margaret Inman, MD FASMBS FACS
Vice President/Secretary: Robert Cooper, MD FACS
Treasurer: Eric Knapp, DO FACS
STAR (State Access to Care Representative) and Access to Care Committee Member: Brenda Cacucci, MD FASMBS FACS
Members at Large: Denise C. Murphy, MD and Paul Stanish, MD FACS

Contact Info

Shalanda Dowdell, Administrative Assistant
13430 N. Meridian Suite 275
Carmel, IN 46032

Chapter Meetings

  • Illinois and Indiana State Chapters Joint Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019
    Tuesday, November 5
    5:15-6:15pm Pacific
    Delano, 3940 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119 (adjacent to Mandalay Bay), Sienna E Room – 3rd Floor

  • Indiana State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018
    Tuesday, November 13
    5:15-6:15pm Central
    Omni Nashvile Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Music Row 1 Room

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

  • Annual Meeting combined with 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?"

  • Quarterly Officers Meeting

  • We will continue to meet quarterly for the Integrated Health for Bariatric Surgery Discussion Forums

  • 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 state of Indiana are invited to join the Illinois State Chapter meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #407

  • 2014 Annual Meeting held during ObesityWeek (Fall National ASMBS meeting) in November 2014, Boston, MA

  • Received invitation for First Annual Mid America Bariatric Summit in September 2015; sent invitation to all Indiana State Chapter ASMBS members

Chapter Updates


  • We will continue to advocate for Hoosiers impacted by obesity, by lobbying our senators and lawmakers to treat obesity as a disease


  • October 1, 2016: Indiana State Chapter ASMBS will be one of the sponsors for the Walk for Obesity at Garfield Park in Indianapolis

  • September 23, 2016: Will sponsor “Integrated Health for Bariatric Surgery Fall Group Discussion Forum” at Community Hospital North

    • The topic will be “Support Group Secrets-Share tips to keep things interesting”
    • We are expecting about 25 health care professionals in the field of bariatrics
    • Guest Speaker: Michelle Plumber, RD from the Indiana Dairy Association to provide a bariatric tool kit and a bariatric cooking demonstration
  • Sponsored “Integrated Health for Bariatric Surgery Group Discussion Forum” at Community Hospital North

    • Topic was Labs, Vitamins, and Diet Progression-what works in your practice
    • It was an open discussion and networking session allowing time to share best practices for bariatric surgical practices
    • 22 dietitians and health professionals in the field of bariatrics from bariatric centers in Indiana and Kentucky attended the event
  • January 29, 2016: Sponsored “Integrated Health for Bariatric Surgery Group Discussion Forum” at Community Hospital North

    • Topic was How to get bariatric patients back on track
    • It was an open discussion with dietitians and health care professionals from 5 different bariatric centers located throughout Indiana
  • January 1, 2016 Purdue University added coverage to their employee’s insurance policy for Bariatric Surgery


  • TriCare announced December 2015 that the will cover the sleeve gastrectomy; they have agreed to retro back to September 2014

  • September 19, 2015: Walk for Obesity

  • September 18, 2015: Sponsored educational event, “Nutritional Considerations for the Bariatric Patient” at Community Hospital South

    • Dr. Inman gave a talk “Bariatric Surgery—Where we have been and where we are going”
    • Kelleen Ossim, MS, RD, LDN from Brigham and Women’s Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery spoke at the event on “Beyond the myths of bariatric nutrition”
    • The event was approved for 4 CPEU’s for Registered Dietitians
    • The event was attended by 20 dietitians and health professionals in the field of bariatrics
    • The session provided valuable education as well as an opportunity to network with other professionals in field of bariatrics
  • Congress Woman Brooks from Carmel agreed to sign on the HR 2415 (Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2013)

  • Dr. Inman, Dr. Cacucci and Missy Tuck met with multiple state legislators regarding the inclusion of bariatric surgery and medically supervised weight loss programs as a covered benefit in the State Exchange Program

  • Dr. Inman and Dr. Cacucci visited Washington D.C. and had an opportunity to meet with 10 legislative assistants regarding adding coverage for obesity services to State Exchange Program

  • Dr. Inman met with Congress Woman Susan Brooks at her Carmel office regarding inclusive of bariatric surgery and medically supervised weight loss programs as a covered benefits in the State Exchange Program

  • Letters and emails have been sent to multiple state legislators to request a meeting

  • Letter was emailed and mailed to the State Insurance Commissioner, Stephen Robertson, on behalf of the OCC regarding the discriminatory nature of the state health exchange’s coverage policy

Support Groups

Each individual hospital offers support groups to their patients:

Advocacy Information

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