Ann Rogers, MD FASMBS

Dan Eisenberg, MD

Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison


Cheguevara Afaneh, MD FASMBS
Essa Aleassa, MD MSc
Mohamed Ali, MD
Ali Aminian, MD FASMBS
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
Saber Ghiassi, MD MPH
Brandon Grover, DO FASMBS
Marcelo Hinojosa, MD FASMBS
Anna Ibele, MD
Jason Michael Johnson, DO
Zhamak Khorgami, MD
Julie Kim, MD FASMBS – Immediate Past Chair
Ozanan R Meireles, MD

Fady Moustarah, MD MPH
Abdelrahman Nimeri, MBBCh
Sabrena Noria, MD PhD FASMBS
Robert O’Rourke, MD
Pavlos Papasavas, MD FASMBS
Manish Parikh, MD FASMBS
Anthony Petrick, MD FASMBS
Rana Pullatt, MD FASMBS
Almino Ramos, MD FASMBS
Bruce Schirmer MD
Harvey Sugerman, MD

Ad Hoc Literature Review

Kara Kallies, MS

IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee Liaisons

Stephanie Sogg, PhD – Chair

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


  • 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


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


1) Ongoing identification of issues to develop statements and provide topics for EC Review
2) Ongoing review/revision of all existing and new statements


1) Joint guidelines with American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association
2) Provide ongoing clarity on issues related to bariatric and metabolic surgery

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:

1) New Statement: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Consensus Guideline on Weight Loss Surgery and Hernia Surgery

  • Writing Group Emanuele Lo Menzo, Marcelo Hinojosa, Alfredo Carbonell, David Krpata, Jonathan Carter, and Ann M. Rogers (lead)
  • Collaborative with AHS, however was not co-endorsed and therefore will just be published in SOARD
  • Awaiting submission to SOARD

2) New Statement: Maintenance (Durability) of Weight Loss after Bariatric Surger (No longer including prevention of Weight Regain)

  • Literature review completed 6/10/16
  • Writing group: Dan Azagury (lead) , Pavlos Papasavas, Isam Hamdalla, Julie Kim
  • Eric DeMaria, Samer Mattar, Tony Petrick, and members of OPC will be part of editorial process but not writing group
  • Draft completed, plan for CIC discussion at ObesityWeek 2017

3) New Statement: Weight Bias and Discrimination – assess interest toward developing statement at CIC meeting

4) Revision of 2012 Low BMI Statement

  • Working group: Ali Aminian (lead), Julie Chang, Stacy Brethauer
  • Draft completed, plan for CIC discussion at ObesityWeek 2017

5) Revision of 2012 Sleeve Statement

  • Writing group: Saber Ghiassi, Maher El Chaar, Mohamed Ali (lead) & Ann Rogers
  • Submitted, awaiting publication in SOARD

6) Statement on SAGB

  • Writing group: Manish Parikh (lead), Jason Johnson, Dan Eisenberg and Maher El Chaar
  • 10/2017 – EC received revised statement, awaiting final approval before sending to membership

7) Statements due for update – discussed whether there is enough interval new evidence to support 2014 statements due for update:

  • Metabolic bone change
  • Reoperative bariatric surgery

8) New statement suggestions:

  • Revamp of weight regain/prevention of weight regain statement collaborative statement with OPC
  • Other possible collaborative areas: Cardiology, Opthomology, Nephrology, Radiology

2017 Completed Projects

1) Reactive Hypoglycemia after Bariatric Surgery Statement published in SOARD 3/2017

  • Writing group: Dan Eisenberg (lead), Saber Ghiassi, Brandon Grover, Dan Azagury and Julie Kim

2) Collaborative statement with ACOG and ASRM on Infertility and Bariatric Surgery published in SOARD June 2017

  • Writing group: Michelle Kominarek, Kathy Hoeger, Emily Jungheim-ASRM/ACOG), Scott Kahan (TOS), Ann Rogers and Julie Kim (ASMBS)
  • Co-Endorsed by ACOG, TOS

3) Collaborative project with Emergency Physicians (ACEP) tool launched at ObesityWeek 2017 and ACEP 2017

  • Writing group: Pavlos Papasavas, Ann Rogers, Julie Kim (lead), Fady Moustarah

4) Obesity and the role of bariatric surgery in the surgical management of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee: a review of the literature

  • Collaborative project with Hip & Knee surgeons published in SOARD 1/2017
  • Not co-endorsed by AAHKS