Chapter Information

Incorporated 2007
Arkansas has joined this chapter

Executive Officers

President: Hamilton S. Le, MD FASMBS
Secretary: Miranda Matlick, RN BSN CBN
Treasurer: Brandon Varnell, MD
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 at ObesityWeek 2018
    Tuesday, November 13
    5:15-6:15pm Central
    Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Gibson Boardroom

  • Quarterly meetings will be the 2nd Thursday of each Quarter: Jan, April, August, and October
  • August 20, 2015 – Hosted by the Oklahoma ASMBS; please contact Dr. Hamilton Le (, 405.951.2131) to RSVP, or with any comments, questions, and requests for more information
  • May 2015: First annual meeting to restart chapter

Chapter Updates

2016 Activities

  • We were successful in lobbying the state insurance, HealthChoice, to provide bariatric benefits for teachers and state employees starting January 1, 2017
  • Planning 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