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 annual conference being the primary educational event. 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.


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%


Shanu Kothari, MD


Richard Peterson, MD

Immediate Past Chair

Natan Zundel, MD

EC Liaison

Shanu Kothari, MD


Monali Misra, MD
Jason Johnson, MD
Peter Hallowell, MD

Emerging Technologies and Concepts

Ann Rogers, MD
Matthew Kroh, MD
Mehran Anvari, MB, BS, PhD
Dean Mikami, MD

Scientific Papers

Brandon Williams, MD
Wayne English, MD
David Podkameni, MD


Dana Telem, MD
Shawn Tsuda, MD
Diego Camacho, MD

International Effort

Erik Wilson, MD
Bruce Schirmer, MD
Laurent Biertho, MD

Video Education

Alan Saber, MD
Mohamed Ali, MD
Samuel Szomstein, MD
Sivamainthan Vithiananthan, MD


Marcelo Hinojosa, MD
Richard Peterson, MD
Elias Chousleb, MD

Kristie Kaufman and Stephenie Anderson, ASMBS Staff Liaisons