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Chapter Information

Incorporated November 2011

Executive Officers

President: Judy Chen, MD ABOM FASMBS
Vice President: Thien Nguyen, MD
Immediate Past President: Alana Chock, MD FASMBS
Past Presidents: Ross McMahon, MD; Robert Michaelson, MD; Jeffrey Hunter, MD
Secretary: Monica Young, MD
Treasurer: Sarah Martin Del Campo, MD MS
Integrated Health Chair: Julie Vieselmeyer, PhD
STAR (State Access to Care Representative): Mohan Mallipeddi, MD

Board Members

Member at Large: Laura Montourt, MD


University Of Washington, Division of General Surgery
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356410, Room BB423A
Seattle, WA 98185

Mission Statement

The Washington State Chapter of the ASMBS is an independent, nonprofit group of multidisciplinary health care providers committed to addressing the concerns of the obese population of Washington State and those whom provide valuable, complex, life-saving treatment to these individuals. We encourage fellowship among members and sharing of best practices as a platform for continuous improvement of quality of care of the bariatric patient. This dedicated group raises awareness of the disease obesity through advocacy and education of community, healthcare providers, healthcare administrators, insurance administrators, and government officials. The Washington State Chapter of the ASMBS works to improve fair and just access to care as well as eliminate discrimination toward those suffering from the disease obesity. We strive to engage those in our communities in order to speak with one voice for the patients in our state. Our ongoing commitment and dedication to this mission is based on our core values of fairness, equality, compassion, respect of the individual, integrity and advocacy.

Chapter Meetings

• Thursday, January 9, 2020
Potential topics: Industry winter/holiday dinner, Mixer with WA OMA members, Psych panel from various practices

  • Thursday, March 12
    Potential topics: March is Nutrition month, so have a nutrition topic

  • Thursday, May 14

  • June WA/OR ACS event at Sunriver, OR

  • 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

  • ASMBS Washington State Chapter Meeting
    September 19th (3rd Thursday of month) at UW
    Journal article and recent MBSAQIP changes
    Article – Barrett’s after Sleeve Gastrectomy – Judy will ask UW fellow Colette Inaba to present

  • 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

  • ASMBS Washington State Chapter Meeting
    Thursday, September 13, 2018 – 6:30pm
    The Weight Loss Management Center at UWMC-Roosevelt
    4225 Roosevelt Way NE, 1st Floor, Seattle, WA 98105
    Speaker: Ellen A. Schur, MD, MS, "Is bariatric surgery really brain surgery?"

  • ASMBS Washington State Chapter Meeting
    Thursday, October 11, 2018
    Teaching Kitchen at Swedish Weight Loss Services
    1124 Colombia St., Suite 400, Seattle WA 98104

  • ASMBS Washington State Chapter Meeting
    Thursday, January 10, 2019

  • ASMBS Washington State Chapter Meeting
    Thursday, March 14, 2019

  • 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

  • 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

  • 6/15/2015, Cle Elum, WA – Combined Oregon/Washington Annual Meeting

  • 11/5/2014, Boston, MA during ObesityWeek – Combined Oregon/Washington Annual Meeting

Advocacy Information

Chapter Updates

  • Walk for Obesity: Saturday, October 12th at Volunteer Park; Sponsored by Swedish, Danyell Walker is the Chair

  • Journal Club/Case Reviews

    • Monthly meetings are held on a rotating basis at local bariatric surgical practices the evening of the third Thursday of the month – September through May
    • Topical issues in the literature are addressed
    • Interesting/difficult cases are presented to discuss and draw from the collective regional experience.
    • Guest Lectures are periodically held as speakers become available:
    • June 16, 2016, TBA by New Administration
    • May 19, 2016, Marcelo Hinojosa, MD UW, SADS/SADI-S at UW
    • Apr 21, 2016, Eric Wilson, MD Memorial Herman/UT Houston, Robotic Bariatric Surgery at Overlake
    • Mar 17, 2016, Laura Frank, PhD, MPH, RDN, CD, Nutrition Concerns in Bariatric Surgery at NWWLS
    • Feb 18, 2016, Jonathan Stoehr, MD, PhD, Endocrinology VM, Medical Complications following Bariatric Surgery at Virginia Mason
    • Jan 21, 2016, Rick Lindquist, Ten Minute Talks: Recap of Obesity Week at Swedish
    • Dec 17, 2015 None, Happy Holidays
    • Nov 19, 2015, Peter Billing, Novel Procedures in Weight Management at Puget Sound Bariatrics
    • February 19, 2015, Mike Larsen, MD, Interventional Gastroenterology and Bariatrics
    • May 21, 2015, David Cummings, MD, DM2 and Bariatric Surgery
    • February 19, 2015, Mike Larsen, MD: Interventional Gastroenterology and Bariatrics
    • September 18, 2014, Mitchell S. Roslin, MD, Update on SIPS
  • June 22, 2016 – The Chapter has been working with the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, submitting a written response and providing testimony a public hearing. We contributed to bringing our state’s Essential Health Benefits package into alignment with recent guidance from the federal government regarding coverage for obesity. While this falls short of a benefit for Bariatric Surgery – the state is now requiring that insurers provide “obesity related services” as provided by the Affordable Care Act.

  • The Chapter worked with the Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) – Health Technology Assessment (HTA) through 2014 and 2015 providing expert opinion and peer review of draft documents. This combined with public testimony at committee hearings has contributed to a favorable decision by the HCA providing coverage for bariatric surgery in Washington. On May 15, 2015, the Health Technology Clinical Committee (HTCC) made recommendations to the HCA regarding coverage for bariatric surgery as follows:
    HTCC Coverage Determination:
    Bariatric Surgery for patients aged 18 and older is a covered benefit with conditions. Limitations of Coverage For patients age ≥ 18 years of age bariatric surgery is covered for the following conditions:

    • Body Mass Index (BMI) ≥ 40
    • BMI 35 to < 40 with at least one obesity-related co-morbidity
    • BMI 30 to < 35 with Type II Diabetes Mellitus
    • When covered, patients must abide by all other agency surgery program criteria (e.g., specified centers or practitioners; pre-operative psychological evaluation; participating in pre- and post-operative multidisciplinary care programs)
      • These recommendations were accepted for Final Adoption July 10, 2015, and are applicable to the following Washington State agencies:
      • Labor and Industries
      • Public Employees Health Plan
      • Washington State Medicaid
  • The Chapter is currently working with the State in an effort to get bariatric surgery a covered benefit through the State Health Benefit Plan (Exchange)

Support Groups

Northwest Weight and Wellness Center
125 130th St. SE, 1st floor Conference Room
Everett, WA 98208
Second Monday of each month at 6:30PM
Third Thursday of each month at 10:00AM
Fourth Monday of each month at 6:30PM with our therapist for behavioral and holistic support group
For more information contact Laura Andromolous at 425-224-8200

Virginia Mason Medical Center – Federal Way Campus
33501 1st Way South
Federal Way, WA 98003
Auditorium, 2nd floor (Park at North-side or South-side parking lots. Front door locks at 7 pm.)
Fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 – 8PM
For more information contact Connie Miller at 206-341-1997

Virginia Mason Medical Center – Seattle Campus
900 Seneca Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Main Hospital – Central Pavilion,Correa Room A, B, or C in hospital cafeteria – 4th floor
First Thursday of each month at 5:30 – 7:30PM
For more information contact Connie Miller at 206-341-1997

University of Washington Medical Center
Weight Management Clinic
4225 Roosevelt Way NE; Suite 101
Seattle, WA 98105
First Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7 PM
For more information contact Ruth Foster Koth for additional information at 206-598-1752

Swedish Medical Center, First Hill Campus
Swedish Orthopedic Institute, Conference Rm 1st Floor
601 Broadway
Seattle, WA 98122
Second Saturday of the month, 10AM-12PM
Fourth Tuesday of the month, 5:30-6:30PM
For more information contact Brittney Claus at 206-215-2090

MultiCare Center for Weight Loss and Wellness Tacoma Clinic:
2202 S Cedar St, 2nd Floor Classroom
Tacoma WA 98405
First Wednesday of the month at 5-6PM

Olympia Ramada:
4520 Martin Way East
Olympia WA 98516
Third Wednesday of the month at 5-6PM

MultiCare Covington Medical Office Building
Meeting times: 5-6 pm on the 4th Thursday of the month
17700 SE 272nd St, Conference Room #3, Covington WA 98042
For more information contact Jennene Wheeler at 253-301-5280

Capital Medical Center Bariatric and Obesity Surgery Services
3900 Capital Mall Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502
Fourth Wednesday of each month
See info on Event Calendar
For more information contact Debra Kiely at 360-704-4799 or 360-754-5858

Eviva Support Group
19930 Ballinger Way NE, Shoreline, WA 98155
Third Tuesday of every month from 6pm- 7:30PM in the lobby of our Shoreline office
For more information contact Sunny Larway at 425-778-2220 x490

Franciscan Center for Weight Management
St. Francis Medical Office Building, Medical Office Building Conference Room (ground floor), 34509 9th Avenue South, Suite 100
Federal Way, WA 98003
Second Tuesday of the month from 1:00-2:00PM

St. Clare Resource Center, Resource Center Classroom (separate building across from hospital), 4908 112th Street, Lakewood, WA 98499
Third Monday of the month from 6:30 pm – 7:30PM
Contact Gretchen Hoffman for additional information at 253-835-5514, option 2

Multicare Rockwood Clinic
Deaconess Health and Education Center
910 W 5th Ave, Suite 800
Spokane, WA 99204
Third Thursday of every month except December from 6-7:30pm
Contact Katherin Lefler at 509-755-5120

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