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Dan Eisenberg, MD

Sayeed Ikramuddin, MD MHA

Jonathan Carter, MD

Ann Rogers, MD FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


Cheguevara Afaneh, MD FASMBS
Essa Aleassa, MD MSc FRCSC
Maria Altieri, MD MS
Ali Aminian, MD FASMBS
Toms Augustin, MD MPH
Dan Azagury, MD
T. Javier Birriel, MD
Guilherme Campos, MD FASMBS
Jonathan Carter, MD FASMBS
Julietta Chang, MD
Maher El Chaar, MD

Sofiane El Djouzi, MD MS
Salvatore Docimo, DO MS
Saber Ghiassi, MD MPH
Brandon Grover, DO FASMBS
Peter Hallowell, MD FASMBS
Marcelo Hinojosa, MD FASMBS
Anna Ibele, MD
Jason Michael Johnson, DO
Zhamak Khorgami, MD
Julie Kim, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past Chair

Guilherme Mazzini, MD PhD
Fady Moustarah, MD MPH FRCSC
Abdelrahman Nimeri, MBBCh
Sabrena Noria, MD PhD FASMBS
Rodolfo Oviedo, MD FASMBS
Pavlos Papasavas, MD FASMBS
Rana Pullatt, MD FASMBS
Almino Ramos, MD FASMBS
Bruce Schirmer MD
Harvey Sugerman, MD
R. Wesley Vosburg, MD

Ad Hoc Literature Review

Kara Kallies, MS

IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee Liaisons

Katie Chapmon, MS RD, Chair
Kasey Goodpaster, PhD, Co-Chair


  • To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases
  • To be the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery


The mission of the Clinical Issues Committee is to create evidence-based guidelines and position statements regarding clinical issues to enhance quality in metabolic and bariatric surgery patient care and to support ASMBS member practices. The Clinical Issues Committee also performs systematic review of existing statement and guidelines, research the current data and makes appropriate updates and revisions as evidence becomes available. The committee is also charged with developing time-sensitive statements or recommendations related to new developments in the field of bariatric surgery.


  • Identify existing and emerging gaps in guidelines/position statements
  • Increase understanding of clinical issues
  • Establish and disseminate standards and protocols
  • Establish timeline based on relative clinical importance of issues

Committee Goals


  1. GERD/Barrett’s Esophagus/Bariatric Endoscopy Guideline – draft
  2. Update of SADI-S Statement


  1. Update of Gastric Banding Guidelines – Collaboration with IH CIGC
  2. Publish Bariatric Surgery and Cancer Statement
  3. Publish Management of Patients after Pregnancy paper – Collaboration with IH CIGC
  4. Sleep Apnea with AASM Statement
  5. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty paper – collaboration with the Emerging Technology & Procedures Committee


  1. Ongoing identification of issues to develop statements and provide topics for EC Review
  2. Provide ongoing clarity on issues related to bariatric and metabolic surgery
  3. Ongoing review/revision of all existing and new statements
  4. Update Reoperative Guidelines 2014
  5. Update Metabolic Bone Disease 2014
  6. Management of Prevention of Contraception
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives


  1. GERD/Barrett’s Esophagus/Bariatric Endoscopy Guideline writing group formed and literature review completed
  2. Review of current SADI-S literature performed, draft sent to EC for review


  1. Literature review of current gastric banding references completed
  2. Bariatric Surgery and Cancer Statement draft reviewed by committee and in review with EC
  3. Management of Patients after Pregnancy paper final draft complete; will be reviewed by the committees – Collaboration with IH CIGC
  4. Sleep Apnea with AASM – Sleep Society Co-Endorsed Paper
  5. Endoscopic Sleeve Gastroplasty paper writing team formed, draft written and with committee for review


  1. Management of Patients after Pregnancy – Collaboration with IH CIGC
  2. Reviewed existing ASMBS statements
  3. Will continue call for Statements out to membership in January of each year
  4. Barrett’s Esophagus Paper
  5. Update of Reoperative Guidelines 2014
  6. Update of Metabolic Bone Disease 2014
  7. Management of Prevention of Contraception

2019 Completed Projects

  1. The following publications were published in SOARD in September 2019:
    1. American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Review of the Literature on One-Anastomosis Gastric Bypass
    2. Updated Position Statement on Bariatric Surgery in Class I Obesity (BMI 30-35 kg/m2)(Low BMI)
  2. The following publications are online "In Press" on SOARD, awaiting printed version assignment:
    1. Hernia Consensus Guideline on Bariatric Surgery and Hernia Surgery in collaboration with the American Hernia Society
    2. Publish Position Statement Medium- and Long-Term Durability of Weight Loss and Diabetic Outcomes After Conventional Stapled Bariatric Procedure
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