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Janey Pratt, MD FASMBS

Jeremy Aidlen, MD FACS FAAP

Jeffrey Zitsman, MD

Ann Rogers, MD FASMBS


Marwa Abu El Haija, MBBS
Aleksander Bernshteyn, MD
Allen Browne, MD 
Matias Bruzoni, MD
Judy Chen, MD FASMBS
Joy Collins, MD 

Anita Courcoulas, MD MPH
Robert Cywes, MD PhD 
Daniel DeUgarte, MD 
Thomas Inge, MD PhD  
Marc Michalsky, MD FASMBS
Ann O’Connor, MD

David Podkameni, MD FASMBS
Kirk Reichard, MD, Immediate Past Chair
Kamran Samakar, MD
Kimberly Steele, MD PhD FASMBS
Nancy Thompson, MS RN CPNP CBN
Mark Wulkan, MD 

Ad Hoc Member

Jennifer Savage Williams, PhD, TOS

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson


The mission of the Pediatric Committee is to develop, foster and promote best care practices and resources for the pediatric bariatric patient. The Pediatric committee has continued to carry out its strategic mission in response to the increase prevalence of severe obesity within the pediatric population and associated rise in the number of weight loss surgeries being performed as a result of this public health crisis.


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

Committee Goals


  1. Update the committee’s position statement
  2. Develop relationship with the TOS pediatric committee


  1. Create a Resource Toolkit to assist with developing a pediatric program
  2. Complete MBSAQIP pediatric outcomes review paper as a committee
  3. ASMBS Pediatric Committee’s "Role of endoscopy in bariatric surgery – Consensus recommendations”


  1. Prepare content for the ASMBS Annual Meeting 2020
  2. Update ASMBS website on pediatric bariatric surgery

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives


  1. The committee will vote on the position statement at their meeting at the ASMBS Annual Meeting 2019
  2. Asked the TOS Pediatric Committee Chair to join our committee


  1. Development of an easy to locate repository of bariatric handouts and resources for pediatric patients containing nutrition handbooks, consent/assent forms, templates, protocols for surgery, anesthesia, preop evaluation, etc.
  2. Ongoing collaboration with MBSAQIP committee to refine pediatric standards
  3. ASMBS Pediatric Committee’s "Role of endoscopy in bariatric surgery – Consensus recommendations” in progress

2020-2021 Completed Projects

  1. Worked with the MBSAQIP Standards Committee to remove the age limit specified in their 2019 Standards’ age specifications
  2. Pediatric Endoscopy Statement submitted for public comment currently in edits to go to ECEC for review
  3. Several pediatric bariatric surgery papers published in non-surgical journals
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