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

Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

Jenny Weaver, MD

Jenny Weaver, MD

Executive Council Liaison

Members | Chapter Presidents

Kenneth Todd Foreman, MD FASMBS, Alabama
David Podkameni, MD, Arizona
Helmuth T. Billy, MD, California/Nevada
Rana Pullatt, MD, Carolinas
Jonathan Schoen, MD, Colorado
Pavlos Papasavas, MD FASMBS, Connecticut
John Pender, MD, Dakota Yellowstone
Michael Peters, MD FASMBS, Delaware
Samuel Szomstein, MD FASMBS, Florida, Puerto Rico & The Caribbean
Danny Vaughn, MD, Georgia
Brian Wong, MD, Hawaii
Steven Cahalan, MD, Iowa

Frederick Tiesenga, MD, Illinois
Margaret Inman, MD FASMBS, Indiana
G. Brice Hamilton, MD FASMBS, Kansas
William Richardson, MD FASMBS, Louisiana
Barry Greene, MD, Maryland
Oliver Varban, MD FASMBS, Michigan
Bradley Linden, MD, Minnesota
Shaina Eckhouse, MD FASMBS, Missouri
David Carroll, MD FASMBS, Mississippi
Thomas White, MD FASMBS, Nebraska
Matthew Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS, New England
Alexander Onopchenko, MD, New Jersey

William Graber, MD FASMBS, New York
Chris Daigle, MD FASMBS, Ohio
Hamilton Le, MD FASMBS, Oklahoma/Arkansas
Mark Eaton, MD, Oregon
Ann M. Rogers, MD FASMBS, Pennsylvania
Christopher Sanborn, MD FASMBS, Tennessee
Sina Matin, MD, Texas
Guilherme Campos, MD FASMBS, Virginia/West Virginia
Judy Chen, MD ABOM FASMBS, Washington
Brandon Grover, DO MPH FASMBS, Wisconsin

ASMBS Staff Liaison

Leslie Vinson

State Chapter Map
State Chapter Map


  • To foster communication between health professionals on obesity and related conditions
  • To be the recognized authority and resource on metabolic and bariatric surgery
  • To be a highly valued specialty society that serves the educational and professional needs of its diverse membership


The State and Local Chapters Committee is charged with promoting the ASMBS state chapter initiative and advancing the work of the chapters. They are responsible for reviewing applications and charter agreements, assisting chapters in the formation process, and ongoing monitoring of chapter activities.


1) Improve communication between individual members and the ASMBS leadership
2) Promote collegiality among colleagues and programs in the chapter
3) Encourage participation of practicing metabolic and bariatric surgeons in ASMBS
4) Offer joint sponsorship to provide CME credits during chapter meetings
5) Provide accounting and tax filing assistance for the chapters
6) Help implement projects from other committees as they roll out to the general ASMBS membership

Committee Goals


1) Create an ethics session template for State Chapter meetings
2) Propose to the Executive Council that the state chapters be utilized during the next election as the turnout gains that were made last year were lost again
3) Create campaign for state chapters to increase more engagement, activity:
a. Identify local challenges and performers and outliers via email survey to State Chapter Presidents
b. Project that will increase value for them, i.e., local quality meetings


1) Strengthen existing chapters
2) Increase regional collaboration within and between states to foster best practices and improve quality outcomes


1) Maintain webpages on ASMBS site for chapters, i.e., leadership updates, meeting and event announcements
2) Promote positive relations and ongoing communication between members and national ASMBS
3) Increase membership of practicing bariatric surgeons in ASMBS
4) Encourage all ASMBS members to become state chapter membership
5) Utilizing the state chapter system to encourage participation in the most important voting initiatives of the year as identified by the Executive Council

Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives

1) Work with the Texas chapter to create an ethics session that would meet state licensing requirements; offer to state chapter presidents to use it as a template for creating similar sessions at their own meetings as this would be a value add for members

1) Continued support of all chapters as needs arise/via communication of important national and state initiatives to chapter members
2) Administering individual/joint State Chapter meetings at ObesityWeek 2019

1) Update chapter webpages with new President, meetings, and news as per chapter communication with ASMBS Staff Liaison; encourage chapters to set up and use websites more often
2) Collect State Chapter Annual reports that are submitted by the State Chapter presidents prior to our annual meeting
3) STARs and Super STARs in all 50 states to coordinate with Access to Care Committee as needs arise
4) Collect state chapter dues (for all but HI, NJ, and New England) and distribute quarterly dues reports and member lists to chapter Presidents to assist with communication
5) Provide ASMBS-sponsored CME for state chapter meetings
6) Continue chapter presence and support in all 50 states

2019 Completed Projects

1) Held quarterly committee conference calls
2) Ethics CME added as option for State Chapter meetings
3) There were 10 chapters who had CME State Chapter meetings
4) Updated new Chapter Presidents and their State Chapter ASMBS webpages accordingly
5) Collected quarterly dues for all participating chapters; began collecting dues for GA and TN
6) Several Chapters will have individual chapter meetings at ObesityWeek 2019

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