Bipan Chand, MD FASMBS
Chair

Matthew Kroh, MD
Co-Chair

Dean Mikami, MD
Co-Chair

Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison


Members

Aaron Carr, MD 
Afaneh Cheguevara, MD  
Brooke Henson, RN, BSN, CBN  
Leena Khaitan, MD FASMBS
Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS  
Corrigan McBride, MD FASMBS  
John Morton, MD FASMBS   
Ninh Nguyen, MD FASMBS  
Jaime Ponce, MD FASMBS
Aurora Pryor, MD FASMBS   
  
Kevin Reavis, MD  
Nabil Tariq, MD FASMBS  
Kevin Wasco, MD FASMBS  
Erik Wilson, MD FASMBS  
Natan Zundel, MD FASMBS  

ASMBS Staff Liaison

McKenzie O`Leary

Mission

  • To improve the care and treatment of people suffering from obesity
  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational professional needs of its diverse membership

Description

The mission of the Flexible Endoscopy Committee of ASMBS is to examine methods of training, clinical applications, and research for existing and evolving endoscopic therapies in the treatment of the obese patient. Ideal training focuses on understanding the anatomy and physiology of the obese patient, past and current surgical procedures, and the role of endoluminal therapies. Currently, the practice of endoscopy has important roles in the pre-operative evaluation and the diagnosis and management of post-operative complaints and complications. Additionally, new endoluminal procedures are being introduced to care for patients with obesity and metabolic diseases, both in the primary and revisional setting. There is a growing need for leadership within ASMBS to ensure that these techniques are used responsibly and safely, and that the membership of the ASMBS is kept abreast of the current state of endoscopic therapies to best care for our patients.

Objectives

  • Establish a endoscopy focused curriculum for ASMBS members
  • Work with the Clinical Issues and Emerging Tech committees on position statements and guidelines when adopting new Endoluminal Bariatric Therapies.
  • Provide educational courses (didactic and hands-on) in flexible endoscopy in the obese and bariatric patient.

Committee Goals

Short-Term

  • Develop content for educational curriculum
  • Collect Power Point presentations from experts
  • Validate content among committee members
  • Provide Endoscopy courses at each meeting
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Electronic Database established to house content
  • A Template presentation is in place (included questions)
  • Endoscopy Session at Obesity Weekend and Week

Mid-Term

  • Develop low stakes exam, following curriculum outline
  • Collaborate with Endoscopy Societies in developing/validating high stakes exam
  • Develop certification process
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Each topic/presentation has a set of test questions
  • Met with leadership of several GI and Surgical Societies
  • Plan retreat to discuss high stakes exam/certification process

Long-Term Goals

  • Dissemination of endoscopy educational curriculum among trainees
  • Develop Hands-on modules to test skill acquisition