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Chapter Info

Incorporated 2008

Executive Officers

President: Farah Husain, MD FASMBS
Past Presidents: Mark Eaton, MD; Catherine Boulay, MD FASMBS; Joshua Pfeiffer, MD; Donald Yarbrough, MD; Kevin Reavis, MD
Vice President: Andrea Stroud, MD MS
Secretary: Stephen Archer, MD, FASMBS
Treasurer: Valerie Halpin, MD FASMBS
Integrated Health Chair: Jaymey Sweeney, FNP
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Farah Husain, MD FASMBS
Integrated Health STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Greg Showell, RN


Farah Husain
Oregon Health & Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road Mail Code: L223
Portland, OR 97239

Chapter Meetings

  • Oregon State ASMBS Chapter Meeting (Virtual): March 2, 2021 from 5:30pm-7:00pm via Zoom

  • Oregon State ASMBS Chapter Meeting September 2020 – postponed to Spring 2021 due to COVID19

  • May 7, 2020: "Restarting Bariatric Surgeries in Oregon" (phone conference), Hosted by State Chapter President Mark Eaton, MD

  • March 2, 2020: OHSU Grand Rounds Lecture, “Navigating the Complexities and Disparities in the Treatment of Obesity,” Fatima Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA

  • Alaska, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington State Chapters Meeting at ObesityWeek 2019 in Las Vegas, NV
    Tuesday, November 5, 2019
    5:15-6:15pm Pacific
    Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89119, Lagoon B Room

  • Oregon State ASMBS Chapter Meeting: September 27th, 2019 – Inn at the Commons, Medford, OR

  • Legacy and OHSU CME Event (Emanuel Hospital, Portland, OR): September 13, 2019
    Practical Strategies to Optimize Care of Your Patients with Obesity

  • 14th Annual Oregon-Washington ACS Chapter Meeting (Chelan, WA):
    June 13-16, 2019
    Bariatric Breakout Session (Surgeons, Integrated Health):

    • Obesity Overview: Focusing on the Hormonal Adaptation to Weight Loss
    • Abstract Session
    • Revisions Panel: What the Integrated Health Team Should Know
    • Case Discussions
  • Monthly Bariatric Journal Club Meeting run by Dr. Valerie Halpin and Dr. Farah Husain with Google Hangout option for Bariatric surgeons around the state to participate

  • Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington State Chapters 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, Mockingbird 3 Room

  • Walk from Obesity
    October 13, 2018
    Portland, OR

  • Paradigms in Obesity
    October 12, 2018
    One day CME sponsored by Legacy and OHSU Hospitals

  • Oregon State Chapter Meeting
    September 26, 2018
    Bentley’s Grill, Salem, Oregon

  • July 2018 ACS Oregon-Washington Meeting in Sun River Oregon

  • Oregon State Chapter Meeting
    September 27, 2017
    135 Liberty Street
    Salem, OR 97301

  • Oregon, Washington and Hawaii State Chapters Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA:
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6:15pm-7:15pm Central Time
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Grand Salon 6
    Combined Oregon/Washington/Hawaii State Chapter Meeting

  • 2016 Fall Meeting, Salem, ASMBS Chapter Meeting, ACS Regional Meeting breakout session, Educational conference in Portland with walk (Legacy)

  • July 2016 American College of Surgeons NW meeting (Sunriver, Ore): program abstractors and allied health staff meeting, breakout scientific session with both surgeons and staff members discussing difficult GI/bariatric cases

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #512
    Combined Oregon/Washington Annual Meeting

  • September 30th, 2015, Salem, Oregon – Dinner meeting

    • Discussed access concerns affecting Oregon, clinical discussion on new endoscopic weight loss techniques, and privileging for those procedures
  • 2015 Fall Meeting, Salem, ASMBS Chapter Meeting, ACS Regional Meeting breakout session, Educational conference in Portland with walk (Legacy)

  • June 2015 Suncadia, WA – Combined Washington/Oregon State Chapters meeting

Chapter Updates

  • Oregon Co-Op insurance plan became insolvent and several patients were trapped in limbo at various stages in the preoperative process at several programs when the new plans they were assigned do not have a bariatric surgery benefit. We are lobbying the state Insurance Commissioner for relief to provide for those patients surgical services since it was claimed they would continue with the medical services they had before the switch.

  • Pending State review of bariatric surgery as part of state sponsored health plan essential health plan benefit package.

Support Groups

Programs provide support groups for their patients

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