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Nancy Puzziferri, MD

Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD

Michel Gagner, MD FASMBS
EC Liaison


Peter Benotti, MD  
Benjamin Clapp, MD, FASMBS
Scott Cunneen, MD, FASMBS 
Ramsey Dallal, MD  
Byron Faler, MD  
Jonathan Finks, MD  
R. Armour Forse, MD 
Luke Funk, MD, FASMBS  
Luis Garcia, MD, FASMBS 
William Gourash, RN, CRNP, PhD 
Donald Hess, MD  

Jill Hurley, OTRL   
Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD, FASMBS  
Wendy King, PhD  
Subhash. Kini, MD  
Michael Lee, MD, FASMBS 
Emanuele Lo Menzo, MD FASMBS   
Peter Lopez, MD  
Corrigan McBride, MD FASMBS   
Robert O’Rourke, MD      

Nancy Puzziferri, MD  
Malcolm Robinson, MD, FASMBS  
Isaac Samuel, MD 
Michael Schweitzer, MD FASMBS   
Vadim Sherman, MD  Eric Sheu, MD 
Kimberley E. Steele, MD, PhD, FASMBS 
Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, FASMBS  
Gladys Strain, PhD  
Dana Telem, MD, FASMBS  
Mark Wulkan, MD 

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Meghan Johnson


  • 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 2016 Research Grant Review Process
  • Design and implement Obesity Week 2016 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 2017
  • 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
2016 Completed Projects
  • Release of BOLD PUF to members
  • Completed and awarded previous grant cycle
  • Secured place at Obesity Week 2016 for research course

View Research Produced by ASMBS Research Grant Awards

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