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Farah Husain, MD
Chair

Monique Hassan, MD
Co-Chair

Teresa LaMasters, MD
EC Liaison

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Danielle Marsh

Members

Eric Ahnfeldt, MD
Folahan Ayoola, MD
Clinton Bolton, PhD
Diego Camacho, MD
Judy Chen, MD
Tuesday Cook, MD FACS
Michael Edwards, MD
Sylvia Herbozo, PhD
January Hill, MD
Pearl Ma, MD FACS
Shaneeta Johnson, MD FACS
Crystal Johnson-Mann, MD
Neil King, MD

Rebecca Lopez, MD
Janet Ng, PhD
Abdelrahman Nimeri, MBBCh, FACS
Arghavan Salles, MD
Joon Shim, MD MPH, FACS
Jessica Smith, MD
Ian Soriano, MD FASMBS
Donn Spight, MD
Nova Szoka, MD
Samuel Szomstein, MD
Andre Teixeira, MD
Eric Velazquez, MD FACS FASMBS

Mission

To study and support the educational and professional needs of under-represented members, promote the acquisition of members from all ages, genders, and ethnicities, and increase access to care for our diverse patient population.

Objectives

  • Create a slate of members who reflect the target population of under-represented members and patients.
  • Identify gaps in addressing the needs of under-represented members and patients.
  • Create, design and implement projects that will support the mission of the DIC committee and of ASMBS

Committee Goals

  • Create a session on diversity and inclusion for The ASMBS Annual Meeting 2020
  • Build relationships with community partners to outreach patient populations who traditionally under-utilize bariatric surgery
  • Liaise with Access to Care Committee to work on ensuring all patients have access to bariatric surgery
  • Liaise with Membership Committee on increasing the current 9% female membership
  • Work on initiatives (incorporating social media) to recruit young members for mentorship and support
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