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Katie Chapmon, MS, RD

Kasey Goodpaster, PhD

Stephanie Sogg, PhD
IH Executive Council Liaison, Immediate Past Chair


Sue Benson-Davies, PhD, DCN, MPH, RD, FAND, LN
Nancy Browne, MS, PPCNP-BC, FAANP, CBN
Gwendolyn Crispell, RN, MSN, CBN
Michael Dougherty, II, PA-C
Karen Flanders, MSN, ARNP, CBN

Charmaine Gentles, ANP-BC, RNFA
Julie Parrott, MS, RD, CPT
Debra Proulx, RN, BHS, MBA, CBN
Marjan Sadegh, PharmD, BCPS CPE
Melissa Santos, PhD

Clinical Issues Committee MD Liaison

Dan Eisenberg, MD

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


The mission of the Integrated Health Clinical Issues Committee is to create evidence-based position statements with focus on clinical issues related to the integrated multidisciplinary team as well as issues related to the individual integrated health disciplines with the goal of enhancing the safety, quality and outcomes of bariatric and metabolic surgical patient care.


The ASMBS Clinical Issues Committee represents multiple disciplines of bariatric integrated health professionals with at least one member representing the following disciplines – nursing, behavioral health, nurse practitioner or physician assistant, registered dietitian, and pharmacist. The Committee members are appointed by the IHEC President with input from the Committee Chair and Co-Chair.


  1. Identify, develop, and revise best practice recommendations, clinical guidelines, position statements and protocols for the different disciplines within Integrated Health; Review and reassess every 2 years
  2. Identify and provide support to the committee/member(s) developing best practices, clinical guidelines, position statements and recommendations

Committee Goals


1) Complete the review of the final draft of Management of Patients after Pregnancy paper
2) IH Toolkit transfer from ASMBS website to ASMBS Active IH Members Facebook page
3) TelePsych Survey Task Force – papers on General Controversies, Qualitative and Quantitative Data


1) Nutrition Guidelines: Macronutrients
2) Adolescent & Pediatric Psych Guidelines


1) Review potential and existing statements, papers, and resources
2) Cannabis Paper

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:

1) Final draft of the Management of Patients after Pregnancy paper reviewed; edits are currently in progress and goal is to be done by the end of the year
2) Reviewed current non-published and published resources for the IH Toolkit – collaboration with the IH Communications Committee
3) TelePsych Survey – the qualitative examination of the free-text responses is complete and the paper is in near-final draft

1) Nutrition Guidelines: Macronutrients
2) Adolescent & Pediatric Psych Guidelines – scoping review – have determined their focus and their questions, beginning the literature search/review phase

1) Updated the MBS Coordinator Job Description (2014)
2) Cannabis Paper – writing group formed; added an Ad Hoc member for this paper

2020 Completed Projects

1) Integrated Health Toolkit moved to Facebook (coordination with IH Communications Committee)
2) Pre-Optimization Paper – Collaboration with CIC
3) Worked closely with IHEC on the process of manuscript writing and approval

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