Janey Pratt, MD FASMBS
Joint Chair

Kirk Reichard, MD, MPH
Joint Chair

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


  • Provide up to date guidelines for adolescent weight loss surgery with joint indorsements from appropriate groups.
  • Develop content for Obesity Week and promote the concept of grouping pediatric content at one end or the other of the conference.
  • Other educational offerings in conjunction with the Program Committee.
  • Continue to work with the Access to Care committee and prevention committee addressing pediatric/adolescent bariatric issues.
  • Organize current efforts in various adolescent societies with assigned “point person” for each project.
  • Develop relationship with the TOS pediatric committee.
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Guidelines for Adolescent Weight loss surgery with the ASMBS committee to be reviewed at ObesityWeek 2017; Next to be co-endorsed by SAGES and possibly AAP.
  • Near completed Joint Best Practice Statement with American Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Get a member representative on the Program Committee for 2018.
  • Get a tag for pediatrics.
  • Get pediatrics grouped into early or late conference.
  • Coordinate with TOS.
  • Assure that we are represented on the Access to Care Committee as well as the Obesity Prevention committee.
  • Create list of each collaborative program and who is the point person.
  • Ask TOS for liaison to Pediatric Committee and vise versa.


  • Develop and present educational track for ObesityWeek 2018.
  • 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 Patient Learning Center; work with MBSAQIP Standards Subcommittee to develop parameters for separate Pediatric/Adolescent Accreditation guidelines and credentialing recommendations.
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Ongoing collaboration with MBSAQIP committee to refine pediatric standards.
  • Get a member representative on the Program Committee for 2018.
  • Develop recommendations for pediatricians for follow-up of bariatric surgery patients.


  • 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 difficult research questions in adolescent WLS.
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives:
  • Members of the committee now working with the Academy of Pediatrics.
  • Develop list of specific research questions that are difficult to answer but important in pediatrics.

2017 Completed Projects

  • Draft of new ASMBS adolescent weight loss surgery guidelines submitted to the Clinical Guidelines Committee.
  • AAP statement near completion.
  • ObesityWeek pediatric program contributions:
    • 10/30 12-1:30 TOS pediatric obesity section mentor program
    • 10/31 8-9:30 ASMBS/TOS Keynote Rudolph Leibel: Stem Cell-derived Hypothalamic Neurons in the Elucidation of the Pathogenesis of Human Obesity: A New Frontier
    • 10/31 10:15-11:45 ASMBS/TOS Adolescent weight management: What Works? What First?
    • 10/31 1:30-3:00 TOS Trick or Treat: Effect of Early Life Food Environment and Obesity on Brain Function and Development
    • 11/1 12:00-1:30 TOS pediatric obesity section meeting
    • 11/1 1:30-3:00 TOS Hot topics in pediatric obesity prevention
    • 11/1 3:45-5:15 TOS Empowering solutions for families and communities: Final Results of the COPTR Trials
    • 11/2 8-9:30 TOS Beyond the Breast is Best: Novel Investigations of Infant Feeding and Early Childhood Obesity
    • 11/2 9:30-10:30 TOS Emily Oken: From Conception to Toddlerhood—New Developments in Early Life Determinants of Obesity
    • 11/2 9:30-10:30 TOS Joseph Skelton: Translating Obesity Research into Successful Clinical Programs for Children and Adolescents
    • 11/2 12-1:30 poster session: TOS Causes and Consequences of Pediatric Obesity