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 Incorporated September 2007

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Mission Statement

The Chapters specific purposes shall be to study morbid obesity, the metabolic comorbidities associated with morbid obesity, and advance the RRT and science of bariatric and metabolic surgery by:

  1. The encouragement of its members to pursue investigations both in the clinic and laboratory
  2. The interchange of ideas, information, and experience pertaining to bariatric and metabolic surgery
  3. The establishment and promotion of guidelines for patients selection and care
  4. The promotion of improved perioperative and long-term care of patients and the reduction of patient risk
  5. The fostering of educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, elected officials, state and national health officials, and lay people
  6. The promotion of outcome studies and quality assurance
  7. To be an advocate for patients undergoing metabolic or bariatric surgery

Executive Officers

President: Christopher Sanborn, MD FASMBS
Immediate Past President: Virginia (Jenny) M. Weaver, MD FACS
Past President: Brandon Williams, MD FACS FASMBS
Vice President: Matthew Spann, MD FASMBS
Secretary/Treasurer: Mariah Beasley, MD
Integrated Health Chair: Sarah Grimes, RN CBN
Integrated Health Co-Chair: Cynthia Blalock, APRN, RN
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Jenny M. Weaver, MD FACS

Board Member

Karen Sarnowski, MSN, APRN-C

Contact

Christopher Sanborn, MD FASMBS
Medical Director of the Erlanger Metabolic and Bariatric Center in Chattanooga
Christopher.sanborn@erlanger.org

Chapter Meetings

We welcome all of our bariatric colleagues in surrounding states to join us. Please feel free to pass on this information to all of those who may be interested.

  • POSTPONED; WILL BE RESCHEDULED – 2020 TN Chapter of ASMBS Annual Meeting (CME Activity)
    March 27, 2020
    Embassy Suites by Hilton – Nashville South, Cool Springs
    Click here for more information and to register

  • 2019 Bariatric Southeastern Conference sponsored by the TNASMBS Chapter (CME Activity)
    April 26, 2019
    7:00 AM – 5:15 PM CST
    Embassy Suites – Nashville South, Cool Springs

  • Tennessee State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2018
    Tuesday, November 13
    5:15-6:15pm Central
    Omni Nashville Hotel, 250 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, Broadway K Room

  • 2018 Bariatric Southeastern Conference sponsored by the TNASMBS Chapter (CME Activity)
    Friday, May 4th
    Music City Center
    201 5th Avenue S.
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Presenters: Dr. Phil Schauer
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  • 2017 Bariatric Southeastern Conference sponsored by the TNASMBS Chapter (CME Activity)
    Friday, April 28, 2017 7:00am – 5:00pm CDT
    Music City Center
    201 5th Avenue S.
    Nashville, TN 37203
    Presenters: Dr. Samer Mattar, ASMBS President Elect and Dr. Eric DeMaria, ASMBS Secretary/Treasurer
    Physicians $100, Integrated Health participants $50, Students are free
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  • Tennessee State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2016 in New Orleans, LA
    Wednesday, November 2, 2016
    6:15-7:15pm Central
    Hilton New Orleans Riverside Commerce Room

  • 2016 Bariatric Southeastern Conference sponsored by the TNASMBS Chapter (CME Activity)
    Friday, May 13, 2016 7:30am – 5:30pm
    Music City Center
    201 5th Avenue S.
    Nashville, TN 37203
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    Early bird registration will be $106.49 for Physicians, and $53.74 for Integrated Health participants. Onsite registration will be $125 for Physicians and $75 for Integrated Health participants.

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #513

  • 2015 Bariatric Southeastern Conference sponsored by the TNASMBS Chapter (CME Activity)
    Friday, May 1, 2015
    7:00am to 5:00pm
    Music City Center
    201 5th Avenue S.
    Nashville, TN 37203

    • The meeting was well attended by over 100 professionals from five states
    • Speakers included Stacy Brethauer, MD, Brad Needleman, MD, Andrew G. Swick, MS, PhD, Teresa Fraker, MS, RN, Melissa Lotus, RN, Chris Gallagher (OCC), Brandon Williams, MD, Naji Abumrad, MD, Lisa West-Smith, PhD, LISW-S

Chapter Updates

  • 2019 – BCBST now accepts supervised weight loss attempts confirmed by surgery center

Support Groups

  • Various hospital associated support groups

Advocacy Information

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