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Michigan State Chapter

Chapter Information

Incorporated June 2008

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Mission Statement

The Michigan Bariatric Society’s vision is to improve public health by improving the management of obesity and metabolic disease by:

  • Interchanging ideas, information and experience pertaining to metabolic and bariatric surgery.
  • Fostering educational programs for physicians, integrated health personnel and the community at large.
  • Establishing and promoting guidelines for patient selection and care.
  • Promoting improved perioperative and long-term care of patients and the reduction of patient risk.
  • Encouraging its members to pursue investigations both in the clinic and laboratory setting.
  • Promoting outcome studies and quality assurance.

Our membership includes bariatric surgeons, non-surgeon physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, psychologists, nurses, dietitians, diabetes educators, office staff, hospital personnel and others.

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

Executive Officers

President: Mindy K. Lane, DO FASMBS
Vice President: Jon Schram, MD
Treasurer: Nabeel Obeid, MD
Secretary: Amy Somerset, MD
Integrated Health Chair: Rachel Blind, NP-BC CBN
Integrated Health Co-Chair: Tracey Hannan, RNFA
Past Presidents: Oliver Varban, MD FASMBS, David Chengelis, MD, Jeffrey Genaw, MD FACS FASMBS, Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS, Jamie Foote, MD, Matthew Weiner, MD, Wayne English, MD FAC FASMBS, Stuart Verseman, MD, Arthur Carlin, MD FASMBS, Randal Baker, MD
STARs (State Access to Care Representative): Amy Somerset, MD & Michael Wood, MD
IH STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Colleen Buda, PA-C CSOWM
Executive Director: Carrie Steffen

Board of Directors

Amanda Stricklen, RN MS
Rachel Ross, RN MS
Mandy Pate, RN
Colleen Buda, PA-C CSOWM
Michael Wood, MD MS FACS


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

Chapter Meetings

  • Michigan State Chapter Meeting
    August 25, 2023
    Holland, MI
    More information coming soon

  • Michigan State Chapter Meeting
    Tuesday, October 6th, 2022
    The Henry Hotel – Dearborn, MI

  • Michigan State Chapter Virtual CME Conference
    September 30, 2021
    5:30pm EST

  • Michigan State Chapter Virtual CME Conference
    February 5, 2021
    8am-10:30am Eastern

  • 13th Annual MBS Meeting – Postponed to October 2021

  • 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

  • 12th Annual MBS Meeting Michigan State Chapter of the ASMBS
    October 3, 2019
    Traverse City, MI

  • Walk from Obesity, October 3, 2019

  • 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
    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

  • 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

  • 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


Please see the Chapter’s Website

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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