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Dimitrios Stefanidis, MD, PhD FASMBS

Ben Clapp, MD FASMBS

Matthew Hutter, MD FASMBS
EC Liaison


Nancy Puzziferri, MD, Past-Chair
Mohammed Ali, MD
Lisa Matero, PhD
Christine Finck, MD
Omar Ghanem, MD Bhavani Pokala, MD
Lana Fontana, RN

Tammy Kindel, MD, PhD  
Subhash Kini, MD
Victoria Lyo, MD
Michael Edwards, MD
Laura Fischer, MD
Pavlos Papsavas, MD

Sypridon Giannopoulos, MD
Shanil Shah, MD
Abdelrahman Nimeri, MD
Kimberley E. Steele, MD, PhD
Andrew Wheeler, MD
Elizabeth Hechenbleikner, MD
Mohammad Kalantar, MD

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Karen Loerzel, MS, CMP


  • 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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