Program Committee

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

Rachel Moore, MD, FASMBS

Rana Pullatt, MD, FASMBS

Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS
EC Liaison, ASMBS President




Julie Kim, MD FASMBS – Subcommittee Chair
Charles Thompson – Member
Scott Cunneen – Member
Tuesday Cook – Member
Sarah Samreen – Member

Emerging Technology and Concepts

Jamie Loggins – Subcommittee Chair
Folahan Ayoola – Member
Pearl Ma – Member

Scientific Papers

Dan Eisenberg – Subcommittee Chair
Christopher Daigle – Immed Past Subcommittee Chair
Adrian Dan – Member
Tammy Kindel – Member
Colleen Kennedy – Member
Matt Brengman – Member
Ben Clapp – Research Liaison (Chair)
Tammy Kindel – Research Liaison (Co-Chair)
Andrew Wheeler – Member
Corrigan (Cori) Mcbride – Member


Eric Ahnfeldt – Subcommittee Chair
L. Renee Hilton – Member
Josh Pfeiffer – Member

International Effort

Jaime Ponce – Subcommittee Chair
Diego Camacho – Member
Pablo Omelanczuk – Member

Video Education

Samuel Szomstein – Subcommittee Chair
Chris Daigle – Immed Past Subcommittee Chair
Maher El Chaar – Member
Monique Hassan – Member
Jamie Loggins – Member
Omar Ghanem – Member
Elias Chousleb – Member


Leena Khaitan – Subcommittee Chair
Judy Chen – Member
Vivek Prachand – Member


Keith Scharf – Subcommittee Chair
Wayne English – Member
Brandon Grover – Member
Pierre Garneau – Member

Presidential Grand Rounds

John Scott – Subcommittee Chair
Julie Ann Lloyd – Member

ASMBS Staff Liaisons

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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