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Gordon Wisbach, MD MBA FACS FASMBS
Chair


Joel Brockmeyer, MD FACS FASMBS
Co-Chair


Vivian Sanchez, MD
Co-Chair


Stacy Brethauer, MD FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison

Members

Eric Ahnfeldt, DO FACS FASMBS, Immediate Past Chair
Jamie Carr, BSN RN CBN
Yong Choi, MD FASMBS
Susan Clark, MD
Dan Eisenberg, MD (VA)
Byron Faler, MD FACS
Kyle Gadbois, MD

Marty Harnisch, MD
Marcelo Hinojosa, MD FASMBS
Rob Lim, MD FASMBS
Kevan Mann, MD
Anthony Mark, MD MBA
Matt Martin, MD FASMBS
Mike Mulcahy, MD
Robert O’Rourke, MD (VA)

Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS
Richard Peterson, MD MPH FASMBS
Michael Logan Rawlins, MS
Angel Reyes, MD FASMBS
John Paul Sanders, MD
Robert Wilcox, MD
Tamara Worlton, MD
Christopher Yheulon, 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 VA Healthcare Systems. This committee’s focus is to advance the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery through a robust research consortium. This committee’s focus and establish a collective within Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) and VA Hospitals, create uniform pathways among centers, and have MBSAQIP/VASQIP participation, respectfully.

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 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 initiatives with State Chapters, Quality Improvement and Patient Safety and Research Committees
  • Be a consortium to enhance care by sharing information
  • Improve communication between military and VA members and ASMBS
  • Identify needs and opportunities for improvement for military hospitals and VA Hospital System
  • Offer CME credits to deployed military ASMBS members
  • Support the unique aspects of VA beneficiaries and enhance the relationship between military resources and VA facilities

Committee Goals

Short-Term

1) Create Private Facebook page for VA Members (pending – Dr. Sanchez to ask for permission)
2) Recommend Military committee member(s) to participate on other ASMBS committees & panels

Mid-Term

1) Encourage uniform care pathways between military facilities; encourage participation in the ASMBS Quality Improvement Initiative project: Sleeve Gastrectomy Care Pathway
2) Foster continued growth of a Military Research Collaboration and a VA Research Collaboration
3) Create centralized, standardized best practices for all military and VA bariatric surgery institutions’ bariatric programs
4) Improve access to care for various new weight loss procedures

Long-Term

1) Assist ASMBS VA members with bariatric surgery access issues; assist VA members with patient care issues, patient throughput
2) DHA centralized funding and support for Bariatric Centers of Excellence distinction in the Military
3) MBSAQIP accreditation for all major MTFs utilizing a Clinical Reviewer as data collection administrator for multiple centers
4) Determine avenues for earning CME for deployed surgeons including ObesityWeek on Demand at no cost for ASMBS active duty members
5) Military members to become ASMBS Fellows and MBSAQIP Verified surgeons
6) Maintain the directory of military and VA bariatric surgeons
7) Utilize private Military Facebook page/repository for shared military documents

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives

Short-Term:
1) Discussed adding military members to the Diversity Committee with Dr. Peterson, Co-Chair of committee, at ObesityWeek 2018

Mid-Term:
1) Implementation of ASMBS Sleeve Care Pathway at military facilities
2) 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
3) Continue Military Research Task Force utilizing Bariatric Research Resident secured at Beaumont and Eisenhower Army Medical Center to be used at all centers
4) Drafting of IRB registry for innovative bariatric procedures in the Military
5) Annual face-to-face meeting at ObesityWeek where the committee will meet and evaluate common pathways
6) Naval Medical Center San Diego started a program for intragastric balloons and is reaching out to Madigan Army Medical Center and Brooke Army Medical Center to start similar programs; particular application for active duty members

Long-Term:
1) With the 2 VA lead members VA Co-Chair on the committee, will continue to support VA members and centers in encouraging VA centers to participate in VASQIP, and maintaining the VA Bariatric Network document of who, what kind, and volume regarding bariatrics at their centers to
2) Continue to meet with DHA regarding centralized funding and letter of necessity, i.e. the “White Paper”
3) Using ASMBS, SOARD primarily online, and hard copies where internet is deficient, and webinars, when deployed to receive CME; possible use of ObesityWeek On Demand for free
4) DHA strongly supports funding of all MTF’s to participate in MBSAQIP
5) Ongoing maintenance of the Military Bariatric Network and VA Bariatric Network documents; quarterly queries to committee members regarding information on their centers
6) Continued use of private Facebook page – adding members, documents, and discussions

2019 COMPLETED PROJECTS

1) DHA approved funding for bariatrics surgeons to attend ACS meeting
2) Defense Health Board determined that Military Treatment Facilities must support participation in national risk-adjusted registries such as MBSAQIP
3) Evans Army Community Hospital gained MBSAQIP accreditation
4) Clinical reviewers secured at Madigan, William Beaumont and Evans Army Hospitals
5) Utilize private Military Facebook page/repository for shared military documents
6) Updated Military Bariatric Network this year via quarterly queries to members

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