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Chapter Information

Incorporated 2007
Arkansas has joined this chapter

Executive Officers

President: Hamilton S. Le, MD FASMBS
Secretary: Tracy Foster, RN BSN
Treasurer: Laura Fischer, MD MS
Past President: Luis Gorospe, MD
STAR (State Access to Care Representative) OK: Laure DeMattia, DO
STAR (State Access to Care Representative) AR: Josh Roller, MD
Executive Director: Sarah M. Kitchen, RN BSN CBN

Board Members

Joe Bob Kirk, DO
Jim Keller, PhD
Tracy Foster, RN BSN

Chapter Meetings

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting January 10, 2019

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018
    Tuesday, November 13
    5:15-6:15pm Central
    Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Gibson Boardroom

  • Walk from Obesity Spring 2018

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting April 12, 2018 in Tulsa, OK

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Annual Chapter Meeting November 5-6th, 2017

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting July 2017 at Bodine in Tulsa, OK

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting May 11, 2017 at Bodine in Tulsa, OK

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting April 13, 2017 in Tulsa, OK

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting January 12, 2017 at 7pm
    Norman, OK

  • Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Meeting August 11, 2016 in Tulsa, OK

  • Walk from Obesity 2016 – 125 participants

  • Quarterly meetings will be the 2nd Thursday of each Quarter: January, April, August, and October

  • August 20, 2015 – Hosted by the Oklahoma ASMBS

  • May 2015: First annual meeting to restart chapter

Chapter Updates

2017 Activities

State Insurance – Healthchoice began coverage for state employees and teachers in January 2017; 250,000 covered lives affected statewide

2016 Activities

  • We were successful in lobbying the state insurance, HealthChoice, to provide bariatric benefits for teachers and state employees starting January 1, 2017
  • Spring 2017 Bariatric Ball
  • May 14, 2016 Walk from Obesity

2015 Activities

  • Lobbying state health insurance for bariatric benefits; they are conducting their own pilot to prove feasibility and cost effect benefits

Support Groups

Advocacy Information

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