The mission of the committee is to provide evidence-based support for the role of the team members in the care of long-term success of the bariatric surgical patient. The committee is comprised of each integrated team member including exercise, behavioral health, nursing, nutrition, surgery, and obesity medicine.


This committee is comprised of a representative from specialties that comprise the integrated team; behavioral health, nursing, nutrition, surgeons and obesity medicine. The goal of the committee is to investigate what literature has been published regarding the role of the team members in the care and long-term success of the bariatric surgical patient.


  • Define optimal multidisciplinary approach to surgical care
  • Evaluate current evidence and identify knowledge gaps regarding the impact of multidisciplinary approach on patient outcomes

Michelle Lent, PhD

Genna Hymowitz, PhD

Sue Cummings, MS, RD
IH EC Liaison


Guilherme M. Campos, MD FASMBS
Christy Davis, MSN FNP-C CSOWM CBN
Lynelle L. Diede, MS RN-BC CBN
Brooke Doucet, RN CBN
Nicole J. Franklin, PsyD
Lora Grabow, LMSW
Nicole Nguyen, PharmD BCPS
Amber Saucier, RD LDN MS Cristine Seitz, MS RD LDN
Catherine Tuppo, PT MS CLT-LANA

Leslie Vinson, ASMBS Staff Liaison

Committee Goals

  • Continue to finalize the publication strategy for the multidisciplinary care survey data (previously referred to as the “White Paper”)
  • Continue to search for additional committee members representing Advanced Practice, Pharmacy, and Fitness/Physical Activity
  • Continue to provide Walk from Obesity newsletter content

2017-2018 Completed Projects

  • Authored and published the results of the Integrated Health Compensation Survey in the May 2018 issue of Bariatric Times (survey was administered to ASMBS members in 2017)
  • Forwarded MDC committee recommendations for MBSAQIP integrated health metrics data capture to ASMBS leadership (via memorandum)
  • Conducted a second teleconference with the ACS representatives to discuss the potential for additional IH data capture within MBSAQIP
  • Participated as a panelist (Michelle Lent) in the March 2018 ASMBS Town Hall Webinar to share MDC projects with the larger ASMBS community
  • Recruited several MDC members to author ongoing nutrition-related content for the Walk from Obesity newsletter for 2018-2019