Dana Telem, MD FASMBS

Jon Gould, MD

Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison & Immediate Past Chair


John W. Baker, MD FASMBS
Arthur M. Carlin, MD FASMBS
Sara Martin Del Campo, MD MS
Michael Edwards, MD
Rama Rao Ganga, MBBS MS MRCS
Jacob Greenberg, MD EdM
Caitlin A. Halbert, DO MS
Daniel B. Jones, MD MS FASMBS, Senior Past Chair
Tammy L. Kindel, MD PhD

Shauna Levy, MD MS
Henry Lin, MD
Saniea F. Majid, MD FASMBS
Michael A. Malvesti, PharmD
Tracy Martinez, BSN RN CBN
Katherine Meister, MD
Bradley Needleman, MD FASMBS
Sabrena F. Noria, MD PhD FRCSC
Nabeel Obeid, MD
Philip A. Omotosho, MD
Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

Anthony T. Petrick, MD FASMBS
John A. Pilcher, Jr., MD
Kinga A. Powers, MD PhD
Konstantinos Spaniolas, MD
Andrea Stroud, MD MS
William A. Sweet, MD
Andre F. Teixeira, MD FASMBS
Oliver Varban, MD
Eric Volckmann, MD
Clark Warden, MD FASMBS
Noel N. Williams, MD FASMBS

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


The Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Committee supports the mission and values of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons by promoting continuous improvement in patient safety and risk reduction. These goals are achieved by the integration and coordination of patient safety initiatives of member surgeons. Patient safety initiatives are processes designed to reduce medical errors through process analysis and participation in quality improvement reporting. The Patient Safety Committee believes that the most effective manner to decrease surgeon exposure to liability is through improving patient safety. We acknowledge that patient safety will not eliminate risk for litigation. However, we are working to help our members by studying trends in malpractice suits, professional liability insurance costs, its availability, as well as identification of gaps in risk management, and the development of expert witness guidelines.


  • To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases
  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • 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 our diverse membership


  • Identify gaps and members needs in patient safety, risk management and professional liability
  • Identify and develop optimal resources for patient safety, risk management and professional liability
  • Provide recommendations for promotion and dissemination of patient safety and risk management information
  • Identify and employ process measures to identify and disseminate quality improvement initiatives

Committee Goals


  1. Work with Program Committee to develop tracks for ASMBS 2017 educational events
  2. Identify key research gaps to focus projects on using knowledge gaps identified by sleeve pathway as a guide..
  3. Develop Quality Improvement focus and certification process – deliverables by ObesityWeek 2017
  4. Contribute a nomination from QIPS committee discussion for the ASMBS Patient Safety Award each year
  5. ASMBS endorsed clinical pathway for bariatric surgery roux-en-y gastric bypass procedure
  6. Publish research from Closed Claims registry
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. ASMBS 2017 Course offerings regarding quality with possible certificate at the end
  2. Obesity Week 2017: Quality track +/- postgrad course
  3. National clinical pathway for sleeve gastrectomy paper written and published in SOARD
  4. Continue to review and recommend candidates for annual award
  5. Closed Claims manuscript is in preparation for submission to SOARD based on closed claims data collected


  1. National Registry for Closed Claims Cases – analyze and report on data collected
  2. Continue to develop a curriculum for an ASMBS Certificate of Quality
  3. Develop Quality symposium for ObesityWeek 2017 Quality Certification
  4. Pursue alternate publication/online discussion options for Patient Safety/Malpractice Vignettes with Invited Discussion commentary
  5. Provide updates to members on important professional liability and patient safety issues as they arise
  6. Continue to develop resources for risk management
  7. Help create a mechanism by which ASMBS can endorse and encourage high performing programs exhibiting patient safety and quality improvement in all aspects of bariatric care
  8. Evaluate sleeve clinical pathway and continue to refine strength of recommendations based on data, hopeful partnership with MBSAQIP +/- state chapters
  9. Utilize sleeve pathway to identify research initiatives and priorities
  10. Create a pathway for primary roux-en-y gastric bypass
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Closed claims reviewers (Dr. DeMaria, Dr. Morton, Dr. Sweet, Dr. Baker, Dr. Brethauer, Dr. Nguyen, Dr. Mattar) travelled to four major Medical Malpractice Insurers to collect data create closed claim files in the first quarter 2016; Reviewed, scored and analyzed data collected, resulting in an abstract
  2. ObesityWeek 2016 Course offerings regarding liability reduction and patient safety


  1. Development of a longitudinal education curriculum for non-surgeon providers who care for our patients, i.e., Patient Safety Education programs for surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists
  2. ASMBS Clinical Care Pathways Library
    • To include revisions, primary endoscopic procedures
    • Therapeutic interventions to weight regain – Stephen Archer working on weight regain pathway
  3. Partner with liability carriers to create patient safety curriculum to reduce exposure and injuries
  4. Further partnering opportunities with liability carriers such as education regarding benefits of requiring MBSAQIP accreditation
  5. CQI projects with sleeve pathway (possible joint venture with Research Committee)
  6. Consider a standardized preop curriculum – to discuss with Dr. Brethauer

2017 Completed Projects

  1. National clinical pathway for sleeve gastrectomy paper written and published in SOARD, full content available to members on ASMBS website