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Janey Pratt, MD FASMBS

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
Niti Shahi, MD
Kimberly Steele, MD PhD FASMBS
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 pediatric/adolescent
    bariatric surgery issues

Committee Goals


1) To create a Resource Toolkit – bariatric handouts and resources for pediatric patients that can assist with developing a pediatric program
2) More engagement with Pediatricians to improve referral patterns to bariatric surgery
3) Continue to work with the Access to Care committee and prevention committee addressing pediatric/adolescent bariatric issues
4) Develop relationship with the TOS pediatric committee
5) Several articles in press a few published this year


1) Develop pediatrics content/education for ObesityWeek 2019: “Pediatrics” tag to help identify pediatric topics, incorporate pediatric programming and scheduling aligned with TOS pediatric tracks 2) Continue to refine or add resources for developing & existing pediatric/adolescent centers
3) Maintain web content for Patient Learning Center
4) Work with MBSAQIP Standards Subcommittee to develop parameters for separate Pediatric/Adolescent Accreditation guidelines and credentialing recommendations


1) Expand and disseminate resources for developing pediatric/adolescent centers
2) Collaboration with the Research Committee to foster the use of the new database to answer difficult research questions in adolescent WLS

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:

1) Development of a repository of nutrition handbooks, consent/assent forms, templates, protocols for surgery, anesthesia, preop evaluation, etc.
2) Assure that we are represented on the Access to Care committee as well as the Obesity Prevention committee
3) Aim for more facetime at pediatric national conferences
4) Ask TOS for liaison to pediatric committee and vice versa
5) Ongoing collaboration with MBSAQIP committee to refine pediatric standards
6) Get a member representative on the Program Committee for 2019
7) Develop recommendations for pediatricians for follow-up of bariatric surgery patients
8) Members of the committee continue to work with the Academy of Pediatrics
9) Developing list of specific research questions that are difficult to answer but important in pediatrics

2018 Completed Projects

1) ASMBS Pediatric Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Guidelines published in SOARD

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