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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 Montour, MD


University Of Washington, Division of General Surgery
1959 NE Pacific Street
Box 356410, Room BB 423A
Seattle, WA 98177

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

  • November 12, 2020 – “Managing weight regain post bariatric surgery. Medical and Psychological Interventions.” by Dr. Sean Wharton (virtual meeting)

  • Sept 26, 2020 – ASMBS Virtual Walk from Obesity

  • Thursday September 19, 2020 – Chapter meeting discussing new MBSAQIP standards and following article "Sebastianelli et al. Systematic Endoscopy 5 Years After Sleeve Gastrectomy Results in a High Rate of Barrett’s Esophagus: Results of a Multicenter Study. Obesity Surgery. 2019;291:1462-1469"
    UW Medical Center-Roosevelt, Weight Loss Management Center

  • Sept 10, 2020 – “The Value of the Biliopancreatic Limb and Total Alimentary Limb Length in Gastric Bypass Surgery” by Dr. Abdelrahman Nimeri (virtual meeting)

  • July 14, 2020 – WA Chapter officer’s planning meeting (virtual)

  • June 11, 2020 “Biology of Appetite Regulation: The Role of Hormones in Weight and Homeostasis.” by Dr. Jeremy McConnell (virtual meeting)

  • 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

CHI Franciscan Medical Center – Federal Way campus
Second Tuesday of the month 1-2 pm
Contact 1-888-825-3227

CHI Franciscan Medical Center – Lakewood Campus
Third Monday of the month 6:30-7:30 pm
Contact 1-888-825-3227

MultiCare Deaconess Hospital.
Third Thursday of the month 6:00-7:30pm Contact 509-755-5120

Multicare Rockwood Clinic
Third Thursday of every month 6-7:30pm

Northwest Weight and Wellness Center
Second Monday of the month at 6:30pm
Third Thursday of the month at 10:00am
Fourth Monday of the month at 6:30pm with therapist for behavior and holistic support

Overlake Medical Center
Twice a month with schedule online

Swedish Medical Center – Fourth Tuesday Issaquah Campus
Fourth Tuesday of the month 6-7pm
Contact 425-313-7947

Swedish Medical Center – Seattle First Hill Campus
Second Saturday of the month 10-11:30am
Contact 206-215-2090

University of Washington Medical Center
Weight Management Clinic
First Wednesday of the month from 5:30-7pm
Contact: Ruth Foster Koth LISW at 206-598-1752

Virginia Mason Medical Center – Federal Way Campus
Fourth Wednesday of the month 6-8pm
Contact: Connie Miller at 206-341-1997

Virginia Mason Medical Center – Seattle Campus
Fourth Thursday of the month 5:30-7:30 pm
Contact: Connie Miller at 206-341-1997

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