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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
  • Engage membership and nonmembers to encourage involvement and participation in ASMBS

Committee Goals

  • Create a session on diversity and inclusion for The ASMBS Annual Meeting 2021
  • 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
  • Partner with the Program Committee to build a speaker list for the Annual Meeting
  • Build a centrally housed speaker list that can be utilized while planning meetings for the ASMBS
  • Present a webinar series on Diversity and Inclusion for CME
  • Complete a diversity study on the ASMBS membership to ensure the ladder to leadership is fair and transparent

2020 Completed Projects

  • Created #ASMBSisMe and shared a video campaign across social media platforms to increase ASMBS committee awareness and bolster inclusivity
  • Updated Ethnicity Profile on ASMBS Database to be more inclusive of race, ethnicity and gender identification
  • Assigned liaisons to other ASMBS committees to ensure diversity and inclusivity were on the forefront of decision making
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