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Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

Jenny Weaver, MD

Jenny Weaver, MD

Rachel Moore, DO FASMBS

Rachel Moore, DO FASMBS
Executive Council Liaison

Members | Chapter Presidents

Rachel Moore, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past Chair
Michael Todd, MD, Alaska
Kenneth Todd Foreman, MD FASMBS, Alabama
Josh Roller, MD, Arkansas
David Podkameni, MD, Arizona
Helmuth T. Billy, MD, California
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
Joshua Steiner, MD, Kentucky
William Richardson, MD FASMBS, Louisiana
Alejandro Gandsas, MD MBA, Maryland
David Chengelis, MD, Michigan
Todd Kellogg, MD, Minnesota
Norbert Richardson, MD FASMBS, Missouri
David Carroll, MD FASMBS, Mississippi
Thomas White, MD FASMBS, Nebraska

Matthew Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS, New England
Naveen Ballem, MD, New Jersey
Shawn Tsuda, MD, Nevada
William Graber, MD FASMBS, New York
Adrian Dan, MD FASMBS, Ohio
Hamilton Le, MD FASMBS, Oklahoma
Josh Pfeiffer, MD, Oregon
Fernando Bonanni, MD FASMBS, Pennsylvania
Christopher Sanborn, MD FASMBS, Tennessee
Robert Carpenter, MD MPH, Texas
Guilherme Campos, MD FASMBS, Virginia/West Virginia
Alana Chock, MD 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 chapters and ASMBS
  2. Evaluate state of care in each state
  3. Identify needs and opportunities in each state chapter
  4. Improve the collegiality of colleagues and programs in each state
  5. Offer joint sponsorship to provide CME credits during Chapter Meetings
  6. Provide accounting and tax filing assistance for the chapters

Committee Goals


  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. Collegial state chapter event in addition to individual state chapter meetings at ObesityWeek 2018


  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. Provide each ASMBS member with 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
  6. Continue to host Annual Chapter Presidents’ Summit to train chapter leaders and facilitate dialogue among them
Specific Projects that Achieve Goals and Objectives
  1. Work with ASMBS Texas Chapter to create an Ethics session that would meet state licensing requirements; offer to state chapters to use it as a template for creating similar sessions at their own meetings as this would be a value add for members
  2. Planned agenda and activities for State Chapter Presidents event at ObesityWeek 2018
  3. 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
  4. STARs and Super STARs in all 50 states to coordinate with Access to Care Committee as needs arise
  5. Collect state chapter dues (for all but a few states) and distribute dues reports and member lists to chapter Presidents to assist with communication
  6. Continue ASMBS state chapter spotlight column in Bariatric Times in order to highlight achievements and disseminate knowledge about chapter activities
  7. Provide ASMBS-sponsored CME for state chapter meetings
  8. Continue chapter presence and support in all 50 states

2018 Completed Projects

  1. Updated new Chapter Presidents and their State Chapter websites accordingly
  2. Collected 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Quarter Dues for all participating chapters (GA, HI, NJ, New England, and TN collect their own; as of 12/2018 GA and TN dues will be collected by ASMBS)
  3. Hosted the 6th Annual State Chapter Presidents’ Summit at ASMBS Weekend 2018 in New York on June 14th
  4. Ethicon graciously sponsored a well attended reception at ObesityWeek 2018 for all ASMBS State Chapter Members
  5. Several Chapters held individual chapter meetings at ObesityWeek 2018
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