Janey Pratt, MD FASMBS

Kirk Reichard, MD, MPH

Bradley Linden, MD FASMBS

Teresa LaMasters, MD FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison


Jeremy Aidlen, MD
Karen Bailey, MD    
Kathryn Bass, MD
Mary Brandt, MD  
Allen Browne, MD 
Nancy Tkacz Browne RN 
Matias Bruzoni, MD
Judy Chen, MD FASMBS
Joy Collins, MD 
Anita Courcoulas, MD 
Robert Cywes, MD, PhD 
Ashish P. Desai, MBBS

Daniel DeUgarte, MD 
Thomas Inge, MD 
Marc Michalsky, MD 
Ann O’Connor, MD
David Podkameni, MD
Elizabeth Renaud, MD
Nancy Thompson, CPNP CBN
Mark Wulkan, MD 
Meg Zeller, PhD 
Jeffrey Zitsman, MD

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


The mission of the Pediatric Surgery Committee is to develop, foster and promote best care practices and resources for the pediatric/adolescent bariatric surgery patient. The Pediatric Committee has continued to carry out its strategic mission in response to the increasing prevalence of severe obesity within the adolescent population and associated rise in the number of weight loss surgeries being performed as a result of this public health crisis.  Since its inception in 2007, the committee has quickly developed into an authoritative resource focused on all aspects of bariatric care for an emerging population. As such, the committee membership consists of a blend of pediatric and adult bariatric surgeons with representation from the behavioral and integrated health community.


  • To improve the care and treatment of people suffering from obesity
  • To advocate the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions
  • To be the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and baric surgery
  • 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 professional needs of its diverse membership


  • Provide leadership on pediatric/adolescent bariatric surgery.
  • Expand membership (adult surgeons, nursing, behavior sciences, etc.)
  • Develop and maintain resources for existing / developing centers that provide care for adolescent patients.
  • Develop and maintain web content for Professionals (Public information to be coordinated with Public Education).
  • Collaborate with Access to Care Committee for adolescent -pediatric bariatric surgery issues.

Committee Goals


  • Article in connect
  • Develop resources for adolescent – pediatric program development: Tool Kit to include patient and family materials and informed consents as well as professional journal
  • Continue to develop educational tracks for ASMBS Spring Event and Obesity Week and other educational offerings (including MBSAQIP information) with the Program Committee
  • Continue to work with the Access to Care committee addressing pediatric/adolescent bariatric issues
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Symposium on Bariatric Surgery at the extremes of age at OW 2016
  • Collecting payer information by state for adolescent bariatric procedures (ongoing)
  • Continue to maintain/update existing Website resources


  • Develop an educational track for Obesity Week
  • Establish national leadership position on responsible use of pediatric/adolescent surgery in bariatric and metabolic surgery and continue to serve as an expert resource for developing pediatric/adolescent centers
  • Continue to refine or add resources for developing & existing pediatric/adolescent centers
  • Maintain web content for Public (coordinate with Public Education Committee) and Professionals to be available in the members section
  • Work with MBSAQIP Standards Subcommittee to develop parameters for separate Pediatric/Adolescent Accreditation guidelines and credentialing recommendations
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Joint Best Practice Statement with AAP in progress
  • “Extremes of Life” symposium under development for OW 2016
  • Ongoing collaboration with MBSAQIP committee to refine peds standards


  • Rewrite the position statement on adolescents, publish in SOARD
  • Partner with Obesity Prevention committee addressing strategies against obesity
  • Partner with Academy of Pediatrics to develop a pediatric section
  • Expand and disseminate resources for developing pediatric/adolescent centers
  • Collaboration with the research committee to foster the use of the new database to answer pediatric/adolescent specific questions
  • Identify members of committee to serve as site reviewers for A-MBSAQIP
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:
  • Rewrite underway
  • Liaison established with Obesity prevention committee
  • Members of the Committee now serve as reviewers

2016 Completed Projects

  • Develop and maintain resources for existing / developing centers that provide care for adolescent patients.
  • Develop symposium for plenary session for ASMBS annual meeting during Obesity Week.
  • Several projects ongoing as noted above