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Jeffrey Zitsman, MD

Jeremy Aidlen, MD FACS FAAP

Ann Rogers, MD FASMBS


Marwa Abu El Haija, MBBS
Angelina Bernier, MD
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 
Laura Fischer, MD MS FACS FASMBS
Thomas Inge, MD PhD  
Kristin McCoy, MD
Marc Michalsky, MD FASMBS
Ann O’Connor, MD

David Podkameni, MD FASMBS
Janey Pratt, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past Chair
Faisal Qureshi, MD MBA
Kirk Reichard, MD, Senior Past Chair
Kamran Samakar, MD
Kimberly Steele, MD PhD FASMBS
Toghrul Talishinskiy, MD FACS FASMBS Nancy Thompson, MS RN CPNP CBN
Mark Wulkan, MD 

Ad Hoc Member

Jaime Moore, MD 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 ASMBS website on pediatric bariatric surgery
  2. Publish ASMBS Considerations on the Role of Esophagogastroduodenoscopy in the Pediatric Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient
  3. ASMBS Pediatric Surgery Course for Annual Meeting


  1. Create a Resource Toolkit to assist with developing a pediatric program
  2. Update the 2018 ASMBS Pediatric Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Guidelines
  3. Augment Guidelines to include additional content from Pediatric Course


  1. Continue to push MBS publications in pediatric literature
  2. Increase young people on the committee
  3. Continue to develop relationship with the TOS Pediatric Committee

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives


  1. The committee has reviewed and updated the current pediatric bariatric surgery resources on the ASMBS website – phase I Now working on more extensive revision – phase II
  2. ASMBS Considerations on the Role of Esophagogastroduodenoscopy in the Pediatric Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient published
  3. Produce ASMBS Course on transition of care of pediatric bariatric surgery recipients to adult practices, highlighting similarities and differences


  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. – to be part of phase II of our website
  2. 2018 Pediatric Guidelines – aiming for 2022-2023 updated guideline – will choose writing committee and present outline and meeting this year, Dr. Pratt to lead effort with intention to include more about Bias mediation, lack of Access, transition of care, and New data supporting safety and efficacy especially when combined with medications


  1. Several MBS papers were published in non-surgical journals
  2. Recruited one resident, one junior, and one adult faculty expanding her practice to include pediatrics to join the committee
  3. TOS Pediatric Committee Chair joined the committee

2021-2022 Completed Projects

  1. Sent letters regarding pediatric bariatric surgery to MBSAQIP and insurance carriers
  2. “ASMBS Considerations on the Role of Esophagogastroduodenoscopy in the Pediatric Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Patient” published September 2021
  3. Contributed content regarding “Raising Awareness for Childhood Obesity Month” to the September 2021 Top 5 on the 5th
  4. Updated the ASMBS Website Pediatric Public Education page – Phase 1 of website revision
  5. Several Pediatric Bariatric Surgery papers were published in non-surgical journals
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