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Neil Floch, MD

Arghavan Salles, MD PhD

Richard Peterson, MD MPH FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison


Jawad Ali, MD 
Joshua B. Alley, MD
Matthew Dong, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Dovec, MD FACS Carlos Galvani, MD FACS

Monique Hassan, MD FACS
L. Renee Hilton, MD
Matthew Martin, MD FASMBS
Abdelrahman Nimeri, MD FACS

Kevin Reavis, MD
Sarah Samreen, MD
Nathaniel Sann, MSN CRNP FNP-BC
Zaher Toumi, MD FRCS

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Jillian Tartt


To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions.


The aim of the Communications Committee is to facilitate communication between the ASMBS and its members, potential members and the public.  This includes making recommendations on new opportunities and technologies to enhance communications; working with the ASMBS staff to develop methods for timely identification of pertinent journal articles, special reports, media events, and Society activities appropriate for promotion; and maintaining active communication channels with the ASMBS President and the Executive Council.


  • Disseminate information about the Society’s educational events, grant offers, and opportunities to members
  • Help provide the Society’s information to consumers
  • Facilitate communication between members

Committee Goals

  • Continue to develop and deploy social media content to recruit prospective ASMBS members and serve as patient education/awareness tools
  • Establish a regular webinar series to address topics relevant to the concerns of members
  • Continue creating and sharing several SOARD Visual Abstracts on a monthly basis
  • Create video content for both patients and surgeons to be housed on the ASMBS YouTube channel
  • Involve more patients and patient advocates in committee activities
  • Consistently post SOARD Visual Abstracts to Twitter and host periodic journal clubs on Facebook
  • Build an ASMBS Media Network to utilize member connections with hospital marketing and propel important research findings to newspapers, radio, and TV.
  • Redesign to feature distinct points of entry for surgeons/physicians, integrated health members, and patients/the public
  • Build a seamless social media content production pipeline that covers all social media outlets with "plug and play" staff and surgeons participating

2019 Completed Projects

  • Created and posted 18 Visual Abstracts on the SOARD Twitter account throughout the year
  • Created an ASMBS Instagram account, accumulating a following of over 700 members, patients, and constituents
  • Founded a new Website Subcommittee to redesign to better serve members and patients and establish ASMBS as the leading authority on information about metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • Completed two collaborative webinars – "What You Missed at ASMBS Weekend 2019" and "Building and Maintaining a Practice Despite Today’s Market Share Focus"
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