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Michigan State Chapter

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Chapter Information

Incorporated June 2008

Mission Statement

The Michigan Bariatric Society vision is to improve health and well-being by decreasing the hardship of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the state of Michigan. The Michigan Bariatric Society is a State Chapter of the ASMBS and will represent the state of Michigan advocating the same principles and merits of the ASMBS.

What We do:

  • Provide a forum to foster and support Michigan physicians and integrated health personnel who care for metabolic and bariatric surgery patients.
  • Aim to enroll all practicing bariatric surgeons and integrated health personnel in the state of Michigan.
  • Provide a voice to help with issues affecting bariatric surgery practices and their patients.
  • Study morbid obesity and advance the art and science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by:
    • Encouraging its members to pursue investigations both in the clinic and laboratory setting.
    • Interchanging ideas, information and experience pertaining to metabolic and bariatric surgery.
    • Establishing and promoting guidelines for patient selection and care.
    • Promoting improved perioperative and long-term care of patients and the reduction of patient risk.
    • Fostering educational programs for physicians, integrated health personnel and laypeople.
    • Promoting outcome studies and quality assurance.
    • Representing the ASMBS, being the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and bariatric surgery in the State of Michigan.

Join the Michigan Bariatric Society and make a strong statement for leadership and patient advocacy.

Executive Officers

President:  Oliver Varban, MD FASMBS
Vice President: Mindy K. Lane, DO
Treasurer: Jon Schram, MD
Secretary: Nabeel Obeid, MD
Integrated Health Chair: Rachel Blind, NP-BC CBN
Immediate Past President: David Chengelis, MD
Past President: Jeffrey Genaw, MD FACS FASMBS
Past President: Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Kathryn Ziegler, MD
IH STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Colleen Buda, PA-C CSOWM

Board of Directors

Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS
Arthur Carlin, MD FASMBS
Matthew Weiner, MD
Rachel Blind, NP-BC
James A. Foote, MD
Oliver Varban, MD
Kevin Krause, MD FASMBS
Stuart Verseman, MD FASMBS
Tracy Hannan, RNFA CNOR
Amanda Stricklen, RN
Rachel Ross, RN


Michigan State Chapter of the ASMBS
200 Ottawa Ave. N.W. Suite 1000
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Chapter Meetings

  • SAVE THE DATE! 13th Annual MBS Meeting Michigan State Chapter of the ASMBS
    Thursday, October 1, 2020
    Kellogg Conference and Hotel Center
    219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    If you are interested in sponsoring the event, please contact us!

  • Michigan State Chapter 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 G Room – 3rd Floor

  • 11th Annual MBS Meeting
    Thursday, October 4, 2018
    Meeting Location:
    Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
    1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    Click here to more information
    President Dr. Chengelis’ Update from the Meeting

  • 10th Annual MBS Meeting
    Thursday, October 5, 2017
    Meeting Location:
    Baronette Renaissance Hotel Detroit – Novi
    27790 Novi Rd, Novi, MI 48377
    Click here to more information

  • November 2, 2016 State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek

  • October 6, 2016, Michigan State Chapter Annual Meeting
    Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel (Marriott)
    27790 Novi Road
    Novi, MI 48377 248-349-7800
    This will be our 9th Annual meeting and will be combined with 10th Anniversary MBSC meeting the following day

  • Had a Past President’s meeting to get ideas for work efforts

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #505

  • August 21, 2015, Traverse City, Michigan- 8th Annual Michigan Bariatric Society Meeting

  • September 12, 2014 – Annual Meeting

  • Quarterly Michigan Bariatric Surgery Collaborative (MBSC) meetings sharing best practices, discussing challenging cases, building collegiality among clinicians and surgeons; beginning video coaching study

  • Periodic phone conferences

Chapter Updates

2016 Activities

  • State Chapter President, Dr. Jeffrey Genaw, gave presentation at Obesity Week-End 2016
  • Prior State Chapter President, Dr. Carl pesta, did live video surgery for Obesity Week-End 2016
  • Continued efforts at Reducing Sugar Drinks in Hospitals
  • Membership continues to participate actively in the MBSC meetings to help with best practices and Quality Initiatives; most Chapter Board members participate in the Coaching and Mentoring Project
  • Beginning work on addressing denials from insurance companies with 6-12 month preoperative weight loss requirements; this will be done in conjunction with National Office
  • We are planning on hosting Obesity/Metabolic Surgery Awareness Event (Walks or other) next year

2015 Activities

  • Access to Care discussions – ACA and bariatric coverage for Michigan
  • In collaboration with MBSC, lobbied BCBS of Michigan to unbundle lap band removal with revision procedures (BCBS, previously not paying for removal of band and port if converting to another procedure; now will pay separate)
  • Hospital Sugar drink reduction project – Lead surgeon Matt Weiner, MD

Advocacy Information

Support Groups

Most if not all MBS programs have support groups; some are closed to site patients only, but others are open

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