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Incorporated December 2008

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Mission Statement

The mission of the NYS Chapter of the ASMBS is to become the definitive voice for dealing with statewide issues in bariatric surgery. Our goal is to advocate on behalf of patients and providers in New York State. We will work in conjunction with the National Society and other parties to enhance patient access to care and to improve the quality of care provided to bariatric surgery patients. We will work to protect the interests of the patients and the providers in the regulatory and reimbursement arenas. We aspire to be the voice of bariatric surgery in the state of New York and to set a tone of professionalism and mutual respect between members.  

Executive Officers

President: Konstantinos Spaniolas, MD FACS FASMBS
Immediate Past President Aurora Pryor, MD MBA FASMBS
Treasurer: Manish Parikh, MD FASMBS
Integrated Health Chair: Genna Hymowitz, PhD
Integrated Health Co-Chair: Mae Zoltowsky, RN
Integrated Health Member at Large: Darragh Herlihy, NP CBN
Executive Director: Caroline Sanicola, MBSCR
Founder-Past President: Mitchell Roslin, MD FASMBS
Past Presidents: William Graber, MD FASMBS; William O’Malley, MD; Terence Clarke, MD FASMBS; Ashutosh Kaul, MD; Dominick Gadaleta, MD FASMBS
Bylaws Committee Chair: Collin Brathwaite, MD
Website Forum Chair: Daniel Herron, MD FASMBS
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): William O’Malley, MD

Board Members

Shawn Garber, MD FACS
Larry Gellman, MD
Mitchell Roslin, MD FASMBS

Contact Information

Caroline Sanicola/NYS Chapter ASMBS
23 South Howell Ave, Suite D
Centereach, NY 11720

Chapter Meetings

  • 2022 New York State Chapter of the ASMBS Annual Conference
    October 6-7, 2022
    NYC Conference Center at Cornell IRL
    570 Lexington Ave., New York, NY
    Register Here

  • New York State Chapter Meeting at the ASMBS Annual Meeting 2022 in Dallas, TX
    Tuesday, June 7th
    5:30-6:30pm Central
    Hyatt Regency Dallas/Shawnee Trail A 362 Room

  • NY State Chapter of the ASMBS Virtual Conference
    Program Chair: Konstantinos Spaniolas, MD, FACS, FASMBS
    When: Friday, October 8 – Saturday, October 9, 2021
    The 2021 Conference will be held virtually via Zoom
    More Information

  • NYS Chapter ASMBS Northeast Regional Conference May 5-6, 2020 – Cancelled due to COVID

  • New York State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
    Tuesday, November 5
    5:15-6:15pm Pacific
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, Room L – Level 2

  • NYS Chapter ASMBS Northeast Regional Conference 2019: "Bariatric Surgery: Maintaining Best Practice"
    May 2-3, 2019
    TKP New York Conference Center
    109 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018

  • New York State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018 in Nashville, TN
    Tuesday, November 13
    5:15-6:15pm Central
    Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Cumberland 2 Room

  • NYS Chapter ASMBS Northeast Regional Conference
    Bariatrics: Standardization and Innovation
    When: Thursday May 4 – Friday May 5, 2017
    Where: TKP New York Conference Center
    109 West 39th Street, New York, NY 10018

    • Thursday Evening – 6pm to 8:30pm Presidential Meet & Greet
    • Friday General Session – 7:30am to 5:30pm

    Philosophy: The members of the NYS Chapter of the ASMBS and the Chapter Board recognize the indispensable role that health care companies play in helping our Chapter maintain its focus on bariatric and metabolic surgery and enhancing the care that its members provide to patients.

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

  • Northeast Regional ASMBS Meeting in conjunction with the New York State Chapter, joined by Members from New Jersey and Connecticut
    May 5-6, 2016

    • May 5th from 6:00PM-8:45PM
    • May 6th from 7:30AM-6PM
      New York Academy of Medicine
      1216 5th Avenue
      New York, NY 10029
  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #304AB
    2015 NY State Chapter Meeting at Obesity Week was well attended

  • May 7-8, 2015: Annual Spring Conference at the NY Academy of Medicine

    • Chapter President, Dr. Terence Clarke, appointed Dr. Dana Telem as the Chapter’s first Program Chair
    • Dr. Telem was able to secure Dr. Herb Lerner from the FDA as the main Keynote Speaker
  • 2015 Board meetings were held in person or by conference calls

  • May 1-2, 2014: Annual Spring Conference

  • Other Information, including details about the upcoming NYS Annual Chapter meeting, can be found here

Chapter Updates

2019 Activity

  • NYC Obesity Walk, September 8, 2019
  • We continue to strive to gain member involvement on our website, at our Annual Spring Conference and November Business Meeting, especially focusing on Integrated Health and how we may make this team more robust and active

2016 Activity

  • The main goal at this time is to stop the unnecessary “Mandatory 6 month Medically Supervised Diet” many insurance companies are insisting upon, the mantra is “Appeal, Appeal, Appeal!”
  • September 11, 2016 NYC Obesity Walk
  • March of 2016 brought many of our members to Albany to participate in Lobbying for Access to Care for Bariatric Surgery
  • We continue to strive to gain member involvement on our website, at our Annual Spring Conference and November Business Meeting

2014-2015 Activity

  • Further activities are listed in the Chapter Spring Newsletter, "The Advocate," written by our NYSC Representative, Chris Gallagher

  • Invitation sent to the Office of Surgeon General to be the 2015 Keynote Speaker

  • Nominations and Election of Officers & New Trustee

    • NYSC Board continues to use the ASMBS model for voting electronically
    • Two new Trustees were added to the NY Chapter Board: Collin Brathwaite, MD & Manish Parikh, MD
    • Nominations will be requested for November vote to elect the following: President-Elect, Secretary, and one Trustee
  • Application to the Medical Society of the State of New York was submitted and approved; Dr. Terence Clarke, NYS Chapter President, was appointed as the Chapter Delegate

  • NYC Obesity Walk is scheduled for September 13, 2015; the NYS Chapter is again participating as a sponsor for the walk

  • The Board Retreat held September 2014 was successful and integral in planning for the NYS Chapter Annual May 2015 Conference

  • With the success of the 2014 September retreat, the chapter is discussing a 2015 Retreat focused on Program planning for the 2016 NYS Chapter Annual Conference

  • Discussions regarding partnering with smaller State Chapters in the Northeast to join the 2016 State Chapter Conference have also occurred

  • Integrated Health

    • In May of 2015, we had a wonderful turnout at our annual NYS Chapter Spring Conference
    • We are pleased to announce our Walk from Obesity is set to occur on 9/13/15 with Elis Duran and Dr. Oz confirmed as our speakers
    • We continue to strive to gain member involvement on our website, at our Annual Spring Conference, and November Business Meeting
    • Discussions have been held with Dr. Clarke to consider partnering with another specialty for the 2016 Chapter Conference to help increase attendance and discuss new and different areas that affect our practices and our patients


  • The NYS Chapter’s November 2014 Business Meeting was well attended; Chapter Election Results were announced adding Dr. Collin Brathwaite & Dr. Manish Parikh as new Trustees; Dr. Greg Dakin as the Chapter Secretary & Dr Alok Gandhi as Chapter Treasurer
  • Nominations and Election of Officers & New Trustee
  • First Integrated Health Executive Council Nominations & Election were held
  • New NYSC Board President, Dr Terence Clarke, started application
  • NYC Obesity Walk September 7, 2014
  • Board Retreat September 2014
  • Weight Loss Surgery Clothing Exchange

2012 Activities

  • In May 2012, Drs. Kaul and Clarke visited Albany with the ACS for the “NY Coalition of Surgeons to Albany” event
  • Another first was the Program Retreat held in September to discuss conference faculty, topics, location, and keynote speakers

    Advocacy Information

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