Eric Ahnfeldt, DO FACS FASMBS
Chair

Gordon Wisbach, MD MBA FACS FASMBS
Co-Chair

Stacy Brethauer, MD FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison

Members

Joel Brockmeyer, MD
Jay Bucci, MD PhD RAC CIP
Jamie Carr, BSN RN CBN
Yong Choi, MD FASMBS
Susan Clark, MD
Byron Faler, MD FACS
Kyle Gadbois, MD
Marty Harnisch, MD
Rob Lim, MD FASMBS
Henry Lin, MD
Kevan Mann, MD
Matt Martin, MD FASMBS
Mike Mulcahy, MD
Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS
Richard Peterson, MD MPH FASMBS
Jason Pfluke, MD
Angel Reyes, MD FASMBS
John Paul Sanders, MD
Robert Wilcox, MD
Tamara Worlton, MD


ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson

Description

The Military Committee supports the uniformed services and their members through ASMBS to provide a collaborative forum committed to improving the care of the bariatric patient within the military/Tricare system and advancing of the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery through a robust research consortium. This committee’s focus is to establish a collective within Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs), create uniform pathways among centers and have MBSAQIP participation from sites.

Mission

  • To advocate for the health care policy that ensures patient access to high quality prevention and treatment of obesity
  • To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions
  • To advocate for the health care policy that ensures patient access to high quality prevention and treatment of obesity
  • To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational and professional needs of its diverse membership

Objectives

  • Aid all major MTFs in becoming MBSAQIP accredited
  • Quality improvement initiative with State Chapters, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Research Committees
  • Be a consortium to enhance care by sharing information
  • Improve communication between military members and ASMBS
  • Identify needs and opportunities for improvement for MTFs and MEDDACs
  • Offer CME credits to deployed military ASMBS members

Committee Goals

Short-Term

  1. Create Military secret Facebook page/repository for shared military documents
  2. Create a policy statement that answers the needs for follow up after bariatric surgery
  3. DHA centralized funding and support for Bariatric Centers of Excellence distinction in the Military
  4. Assist Access to Care VA Task Force with bariatric surgery access issues
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Set up a private Facebook page and have added members, documents, discussions
  2. Drafting a DHA minimal follow up requirement list and a standard EFMP enrollment policy for centers performing bariatric surgery
  3. DHA centralized funding memo written, in editing phase

Mid-Term

  1. Participate in the ASMBS Quality Improvement Initiative Initial project: Sleeve Gastrectomy Care Path; implement in MTFs when available
  2. Create a DHA policy statement that answers the needs for follow up after bariatric surgery
  3. Military Research Collaboration
  4. Utilize a Clinical Reviewer as data collection administrator for multiple centers for MBSAQIP accreditation
  5. Create centralized, standardized best practices for all military institutions’ bariatric programs
  6. Improve access to care for various new bariatric procedures
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Continue to obtain updates from committee members assigned to other committees in order to “cross-talk” to participate/achieve goals/prepare MTFs to participate in the ASMBS Quality Improvement Initiative when organized; utilize Facebook and toolkit as the projects that achieve the goal
  2. Creating a DHA minimal follow up requirement list and a standard EFMP enrollment policy for centers performing bariatric surgery
  3. Formed Military Research Task Force; submitting multi-center trials of Sleeve Gastrectomy with PCOS abstract for ObesityWeek 2017; Bariatric Research Resident secured at Beaumont and Eisenhower Army Medical Center to be used at all centers
  4. Clinical reviewers secured at the following centers: Madigan, Beaumont, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood
  5. Interval evaluation at ObesityWeek where the committee will physically meet and evaluate for common pathways
  6. Naval Medical Center San Diego started a program for Reshape intragastric balloons and is reaching out to Madigan Army Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center to start similar programs

Long-Term

  1. Continue to discover ways to offer CME to deployed ASMBS military members
  2. MBSAQIP accreditation for all major MTFs
  3. Funding via consultant or Tri-Service/DHA
  4. Military members to become ASMBS Fellows and ASMBS Certified
  5. Maintain the updatable document of emails/locations of military bariatric surgeons
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Using ASMBS, SOARD primarily online, and hard copies where internet is deficient, and webinars, when deployed to receive CME
  2. Successful participation of WBAMC in MBSAQIP as template for implementation of MBSAQIP participation of all major MTFs participation through Defense Healthcare Agency directive
  3. Drafted a letter that is now in Legal to go through contracting; conference call with MBSAQIP to draft work on drafting contract that will satisfy Military legal requirements – document is intended to both be a policy letter as well as a resource for legal precedent with contracting
  4. Three clinical reviewers hired through sharing of the military position description
  5. Ongoing maintenance of the Military Bariatric Network document; quarterly queries to committee members regarding information on their centers

2017 COMPLETED PROJECTS

  1. Secret Facebook page created
  2. Bariatric Research Resident secured at Beaumont and Eisenhower Army Medical Center to be used at all centers
  3. Clinical reviewers secured at the following centers: Madigan, Beaumont, Evans Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood