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Please note that the Program Committee is not accepting new member applications at this time. Committee membership is currently by appointment only.

Ann Rogers, MD, FASMBS

Rachel Moore, MD, FASMBS

Rana Pullatt, MD, FASMBS

Teresa LaMasters, MD
EC Liaison, ASMBS President




Julie Kim, MD FASMBS – Chair
Jason Johnson, DO
Peter Hallowell, MD FASMBS
Brandon Grover, DO FASMBS

Emerging Technology and Concepts

Dean Mikami, MD – Chair
Mehran Anvari, MD
Rachel Moore, MD FASMBS

Scientific Papers

Christopher Daigle, MD – Chair
Tammy Kindel, MD FASMBS
Mohamed R. Ali, MD
David Podkameni, MD
Teresa LaMasters, MD


Eric Ahnfeldt, DO FASMBS – Chair
Renee Hilton, MD
Dana Telem, MD
Diego Camacho, MD

International Effort

Jaime Ponce, MD FASMBS – Chair
Scott Shikora, MD FASMBS
Samer Mattar, MD FASMBS
Bruce Schirmer, MD
Laurent Biertho, MD

Video Education

Rana Pullatt, MD – Chair
Maher El Chaar, MD
Samuel Szomstein, MD FASMBS
Sivamainthan Vithiananthan, MD FASMBS
Monique Hassan, MD


Matthew Kroh, MD FASMBS – Chair
Elias Chousleb, MD FASMBS
Vivek Prachand, MD


Wayne English, MD FASMBS – Chair
Keith Scharf, DO

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Cindy Chambers and Kristie Kaufman


To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases. To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery. To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational and professional needs of our diverse membership.


The Program Committee is responsible for developing and arranging all of the annual educational events for the ASMBS with the ASMBS Annual Meeting and ASMBS Weekend being the primary educational events. The committee identifies needs, professional gaps, and barriers; reviews and grades submitted abstracts; selects relevant topics and educational design; secures guest speakers; and contributes to the development of overall conference programming. The Program Committee, through the Professional Education Subcommittee, is responsible for the promotion and development of accredited post-graduate educational programs that advance the skills, clinical practices, and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize outcomes, and improve patients’ quality of life.


Enhance value and quality of programming for ASMBS members

  • Increase member satisfaction
  • Identify professional education needs: Topics, faculty, teaching models, venues, regional vs. national, international, online
  • Increase member attendance by 5%
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