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Nancy Puzziferri, MD

Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD

Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS
EC Liaison


Benjamin Clapp, MD, FASMBS
Jonathan Finks, MD  
R. Armour Forse, MD 
Luke Funk, MD, FASMBS  
Luis Garcia, MD, FASMBS 
William Gourash, RN, CRNP, PhD 

Victoria Lyo, MD MTM William Fuller, MD FACS Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD, FASMBS  
Wendy King, PhD
Subhash Kini, MD  
Dimitrios Athanasiadis, MD

Nancy Puzziferri, MD  
Michael Schweitzer, MD FASMBS   
Kimberley E. Steele, MD, PhD, FASMBS 
Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, FASMBS    

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Karen Loerzel


  • To advance the science and understanding of metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To improve the care and treatment of people with obesity and related diseases


The mission of the Research Committee is to advance the science of metabolic and bariatric surgery by advocating clinical and basic science research.


  • Promote the highest quality research in metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • Establish grant opportunities for academic and private practice research
  • Identify new research opportunities

Committee Goals


  • Promote bariatric surgery research through grant awards
  • Promote education regarding the conduct of bariatric surgery research
  • Promote member awareness of available research resources and funding
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Complete the 2021 Research Grant Review Process
  • Design and implement Annual Meeting 2021 course in research
  • Coordinate with the Communications Committee to offer research opportunities information on electronic ASMBS outlets


  • Maintain ability to fund research
  • Guide research efforts toward high-yield topics
  • Promote relationships between ASMBS research efforts and MBSAQIP
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Secure funding for grants in 2021
  • Create a mechanism to elicit research topics of interest to the membership
  • Continue to work with MBSAQIP to develop the ability to provide data to researchers in participant use files


  • Promote relationships between ASMBS and SSAT research efforts
  • Increase availability of research support funds for members
  • Pool member research efforts to answer research questions of major import
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  • Collaborate with the SSAT to develop joint PG course in research
  • Work with ASMBS Foundation and others to increase available funding and work to identify other potential funding sources
  • Investigate the potential to create mechanisms for multi-institutional studies
Completed Projects
  • Release of BOLD PUF to members
  • Completed and awarded previous grant cycle

View Research Produced by ASMBS Research Grant Awards

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