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Incorporated February 2006

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Mission Statement

The Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery exists to reduce the incidence and consequence of obesity in Texas through advocacy, education and prevention; to promote access to appropriate obesity treatments; to end obesity discrimination and bias; and to advance clinical excellence in the treatment of the patient with obesity.

The Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery (TABS) is a resource for weight loss surgery physicians, surgeons and patients. The TABS serves patients and the medical professionals who care for them through education, wellness and advocacy efforts. TABS physician and surgeon members share ideas in the education, prevention and treatment of obesity to improve patient outcomes, conduct patient education, promote healthy living and advocate for the rights of the obese.

Weight loss surgery patients are invited to join the effort by registering with TABS to receive updates and event notices, and to have your voices heard by legislators. Together we will work to improve and change the lives of the obese and weight loss surgery patients across Texas.

©2010 Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery All rights reserved.

Executive Officers

President: Sina Matin, MD
Vice President: Luis Reyes, MD
Secretary: Tanyaradzwa Kajese, MD FASMBS
Treasurer: Benjamin Clapp, MD
Past Presidents: Robert O. Carpenter, MD MPH FASMBS (2018-2020); Michael V. Seger, MD FACS FASMBS (2016-2018); Richard Peterson, MD MPH FACS FASMBS (2014-2016); Glen M. Ihde, MD (2012-2014); Joseph Kuhn, MD (2010-2012); Erik B. Wilson, MD FASMBS (2008-2010); Lloyd H. Stegemann, MD FASMBS (2005-2008)
Integrated Health President: John Archibeque, MSN MBA CBSGL RN CBN
Integrated Health Vice President: Open
Integrated Health Secretary: Blanca Villarreal, RD LD
Integrated Health Past Presidents: Carol Wolin, MA RD LD; Sharla Stroup, RN CBN CNOR; Renee O’Daniel, RN MSN; Cyndi Inkpen, DHA MPA MA CBSGL; Connie Klein, NP CBN
Executive Director: Carrie Steffen
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Tanyaradzwa Kajese, MD FASMBS
Lower Midwest Regional Super STAR: Robert O. Carpenter, MD MPH FASMBS
Past Lower Midwest Regional Super STAR: Richard Peterson, MD MPH FACS FASMBS

Board Members

Watson P. Roye, Jr., MD
Louis M. Reyes, MD
Hugh Babineau, MD FASMBS

Texas Chapter Bylaws

Contact Info

Carrie Steffen, Chapter Administrator
4655 Rockcress Ct.
Zionsville, IN 46077
678-675-2696
info@txtabs.org

Chapter Meetings

  • TABS Annual Meeting 2020
    February 7-8, 2020
    Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
    Grapevine, Texas
    To register and for more information

  • Texas 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 J – Level 2

  • Expert Results Weight Loss Symposium – September 20-21, 2018 (TABS Members get discount)

  • Lower RGV Obesity Symposium – September 21, 2019 (TABS is a Silver Sponsor)

  • TABS Annual Meeting 2018
    February 9-10, 2018
    Omni Houston Hotel
    Houston, TX

  • Texas 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 5 Room

  • TABS Annual Meeting 2018
    February 9-10, 2018
    DoubleTree by Hilton Austin
    Austin, TX

  • TABS Annual Meeting 2017
    January 27-28, 2017
    Hilton Anatole Dallas
    Dallas, TX

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

  • Fall 2016 – Advocacy Meetings – TABS leadership to meet with local legislators

  • TABS Annual Meeting 2016
    January 22-23, 2016
    Eilan Hotel & Spa
    18603 La Cantera Parkway
    San Antonio, TX 78256

  • State Chapter Meeting at ObesityWeek 2015 in Los Angeles, CA:
    Wednesday, November 4, 2015
    6pm-7pm Pacific Time
    L.A. Convention Center Room #404A

  • January 24, 2015 – TABS Annual Meeting

  • November 5, 2014 – ASMBS Chapter Meeting

  • June 19, 2014, Miami – President’s Summit

  • January 25, 2014 – TABS Annual Meeting

Chapter Updates

  • The Texas State Chapter (TABS) continues to expand the level of service, advocacy, and innovative educational opportunities offered to its members as well as their patients.

  • Our annual meeting in February featured the return of ASMBS President Dr. Eric DeMaria who delivered an inspirational presentation on the challenges of comprehensive revisional bariatric surgery as well as our key note address with a panel on promoting diversity/inclusion within obesity care. Dr. DeMaria also helped moderate our annual young investigators forum which yet again provided exposure for six trainees ranging from medical students, residents, and fellows from around the country to opportunities for taking the next step in their careers. Our Texas Integrated Health executive counsel delivered an exceptional program featuring national ASMBS IH president Karen Flanders, the largest Certified Bariatric Nurse review course we have hosted to date, and an innovative IH morning breakout session. Our chapter president Dr. Rob Carpenter partnered with ASMBS leadership to establish a national plan for all state chapters to offer specialized CME credit that will meet state-specific licensing requirements. Through that process, we were able to once again provide members an hour of state-level ethics CME focusing on the legal complexities of the informed consent process at a part of a comprehensive risk management policy.
    Based upon feedback during our executive counsel debriefing, TABS is piloting an effort to facilitate educational opportunities locally for a diverse membership and the patients they treat in practices across one of the largest geographic areas in the nation. We have helped provide financial sponsorship and educational planning/support for a new regional bariatric conference in south Texas. The PCP-oriented conference was held in the Rio Grande Valley on September 21, 2019 with Vice President Dr. Sina Matin presenting on behalf of TABS.

  • Our chapter continues to promote access to care at the local, regional, and national levels. Efforts to address access issues facing Texans with private payer and CMS insurance are led by Texas STAR Dr. Tanya Kajese and Lower Midwest Regional SuperSTAR Dr. Rob Carpenter. These activities resulted in reversal of a discriminatory practice limiting access to care for medicare patients in north Texas. Additionally, we successfully promoted an expansion of coverage for specific managed medicare patients in central Texas with specific comorbidities at a BMI between 30-35.

  • Past-president and ASMBS Access to Care Committee co-chair Dr. Mickey Seger continues to lead obesity-care related legislative activities among Texas state legislators.

  • Dr. Rob Carpenter combined efforts with the Texas state chapters of the ACS at medical advocacy day during the 2019 legislature in Austin to promote obesity care initiatives as well as a school safety bill which was signed into law.

  • Our president applied for and received a grant from the ObesityPAC to advocate for the Treatment and Reduction of Obesity Act (TROA) among legislators on Capitol Hill this Fall.

  • Texas State Chapter representation at the Your Weight Matters National Convention in San Antonio (President, Vice President, Super STAR, STAR, Past President, Allied Health Secretary and Allied Health Past President)

  • October 25, 2014 – Patient Conference

Support Groups

http://txtabs.org/support.html

The Davis Clinic

Coordinator
Jamie Carr, RN, BSN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
713-464-6000
Coordinator’s Email
jamie.carr@thedavisclinic.com
Name of Support Group
The Davis Clinic
Link to Support Group
www.thedavisclinic.com

Providence Memorial Hospital

Coordinator
Michele Collins, RN, CBN & Rose Ruleford, RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Email
Andream.Collins@tenethealth.com
Rose.Ruleford@tenethealth.com
Name of Support Group
El Paso Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.discoverlivingagain.com

Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center

Coordinator
Trudy Ivins RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
713-242-4290
Coordinator’s Email
trudy.ivins2memorialhermann.org
Name of Support Group
Memorial Hermann Memorial City Bariatric Support Group

Medical City and Baylor Dallas

Coordinator
Lauren Watson, RD
Coordinator’s Telephone
214-823-5000
Coordinator’s Email
lwatson@wlsdocs.com
Name of Support Group
Medical City Support Group, Baylor University Medical Center Support Group

Park Plaza Hospital and Medical Center

Coordinator
Zola Lander, BSN, RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
713-527-5027
Coordinator’s Email
zola.lander@tenethealth.com
Name of Support Group
Park Plaza Hospital Support Group

New Dimensions Weight Loss

Coordinator
Theresa Kloewer, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
210-575-8111
Coordinator’s Email
Theresa.Kloewer@MHSHealth.com
Name of Support Group
Health for Life Support Group

Texas Health Presbyterian – Denton

Coordinator
Skyler Griffin, RN, BSN
Coordinator’s Telephone
940-323-3450
Coordinator’s Email
skyler.griffin@texashealth.org
Name of Support Group
Provost Bariatrics Attitudinal Healing Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.provostbariatrics.com

Texas Health Presbyterian – Plano

Coordinator
Nancy Velting, BSN, RN, CMSRN
Coordinator’s Telephone
972-981-3861
Coordinator’s Email
nancyvelting@texashealth.org
This support group meets the 1st Thursday of each month in the lower level of Tower C in the Magnolia Room at 6pm.

Valley Surgical

Coordinator
Paula Kilgore, RN, CBN – Bariatric Surgery Director & Stephanie Canales, RD, LD – Dietitian
Coordinator’s Telephone
956-994-2734
Coordinator’s Email
paula.kilgore@uhsrgv.com
Name of Support Group
Beary Buddies
Link to Support Group
www.valleyobesitysurgery.com
www.mcallenhearthospital.com

Texas Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss

Coordinator
Jessie Newman, RD
Coordinator’s Telephone
361-985-9500
Coordinator’s Email
jessie@texasbariatric.com
Name of Support Group
Texas Center for Medical & Surgical Weight Loss Corpus Christi Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.texasbariatric.com

Felts Surgical Weight Loss Solutions

Coordinator
Karla Tacey, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
972-239-5722
Coordinator’s Email
karlatacey@drfrankfelts.com
Name of Support Group
Felts Surgical Weight Loss Solutions Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.drfrankfelts.com

WLS Surgical Association

Coordinator
Heather Hunt, RN, BSN
Coordinator’s Telephone
972-566-6749
Coordinator’s Email
Heather.Hunt@hcahealthcare.com
Name of Support Group
Medical City Dallas Hospital Support Group

Texas Gastric Bariatrics

Coordinator
Tina Wikenfeld
Coordinator’s Telephone
936-441-3133
Coordinator’s Email
tina@consolidated.net
Name of Support Group
Texas Gastric Banding support Group
Link to Support Group
www.texasgastricbanding.com

St. David’s Bariatric Center

Coordinator
Carrie Wischropp, RN, BSN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
512-544-LIFE (5433)
Coordinator’s Email
Carrie.Wischropp@stdavids.com
Name of Support Group
St. David’s WLS Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.stdavidsweightloss.com

The Bariatric Center at St. David’s North Austin Medical Center

Coordinator
John Archibeque, MSN, MBA, CBSGL, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
512-901-2005
Coordinator’s Email
john.archibeque@stdavids.com
Name of Support Group
St. David’s North Austin Medical Center WLS Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.stdavids.com

Methodist Dallas Medical Center

Coordinator
Jan Stone, BSN, RN, CBN
Coordinator’s Telephone
214-947-8161
Coordinator’s Email
janstone@mhd.com
Name of Support Group
Methodist Weight Management Institute

Conroe Regional Medical Center

Coordinator
Melanie Nicks, RN
Coordinator’s Telephone
936-538-2575
Coordinator’s Email
Melanie.Nicks@hcahealthcare.com
Name of Support Group
Conroe Regional Medical Center Weight Loss Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.conroeregional.com

Methodist Willowbrook Hospital, Houston, TX

Coordinator
Sharla Stroup, RN CBN CNOR
Coordinator’s Telephone
281-737-0972
Coordinator’s Email
sdstroup@tmhs.org
Name of Support Group
Methodist Willowbrook Bariatric Support Group
Link to Support Group
www.methodisthealth.com/bariatrics-support-group

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