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Omar Ghanem, MD FACS

Christine Lovato, MD FACS

John Scott, MD
Executive Council Liaison


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

Karan Grover, MD PharmD
Monique Hassan, MD FACS
L. Renee Hilton, MD
Matthew Martin, MD FASMBS
Venkat Modukuru, MD MBBS MRCS
Abdelrahman Nimeri, MD FACS
Christian Perez, MD FACS

Kevin Reavis, MD
Arghavan Salles, MD PhD
Sarah Samreen, MD
Shravan Sarvepalli, MD
Zaher Toumi, MD FRCS
Amy Yetasook, MD

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Andranique Boone


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
  • Communicate for the ASMBS Committees and SOARD Journal

Committee Goals

  • Continue to develop and deploy social media content to recruit prospective ASMBS members and serve as patient education/awareness tools
  • Continue creating and sharing several SOARD Visual Abstracts on a monthly basis
  • Promote SOARD Journal articles through social media and video
  • 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

2020 Completed Projects

  • Created SOARD Visual Abstracts
  • Established a coordinated effort with SOARD Journal for promotion of papers
  • Communicated information specifically about obesity and COVID-19
  • Began work on a website redesign
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