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Jason Kempenich, MD


Teresa LaMasters, MD FASMBS FACS DABOM Executive Council Liaison


Joshua Alley, MD
Adam Beall, MD
Lauren Buck, MD
Adrian Dan, MD
Elizabeth Dovec, MD FACS FASMBS
Sylvia Herbozo, PhD
Ryan Lehmann, DO FACS
Valerie Matthews, RN CBN
Bethany Mulone, MSHA BSN RN CBN

Joe Northup, MD FASMBS
Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS
Richard Peterson, MD, MPH FACS FASMBS
Franchell Richard-Hamilton, MD FASMBS
Flavia Soto, MD
Rickesha Wilson, MD
Joe Nadglowski, Ad hoc
Roger Kissin, Ad hoc
James Zervios, Ad hoc

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Jillian Tartt


To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery with the intent of improving medical care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases .


The Public Education Committee is responsible for educating the public on bariatric surgery via printed and web-based materials as well as through the media; i.e. radio, newspaper, television and journals.


  • Identify gaps in patient education
  • Identify patient education tools to help ASMBS members

Committee Goals

  • Continue to revise all patient learning center articles to ensure content is up-to-date and at a sixth-grade reading level
  • Review and evaluate It Starts Now Contest Winners and This Time It Counts video series to determine if they are relevant and should remain resources in the paitent learning center
  • Develop a patient seminar slide deck for general use by the ASMBS membership
  • Create new articles about topics including endoscopic treatment for obesity, SADI-S, surgery for the elderly, revisions, and robotics in bariatric surgery
  • Work with the Communications Committee to produce educational social media content for patients
  • Translate articles in the Patient Learning Center into other languages
  • Continue collaboration with the ASMBS Website Subcommittee to redesign to better serve members, patients, and the public

2019 Completed Projects

  • Created a Committee Trello board to organize materials and better facilitate communication among committee members
  • Developed a strategic plan for revisions and reorganization of patient learning center articles
  • Contributed to the formation of the new Website Subcommittee to redesign to better serve members, patients, and the public
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