Rachel Moore, MD FASMBS
Chair & Executive Council Liaison

Teresa LaMasters, MD FASMBS

Carl Pesta, DO FASMBS

Members | Chapter Presidents

Christopher Joyce, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past Chair
Stephen Archer, MD FASMBS, Member
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
Neil Floch, MD, Connecticut
John Pender, MD, Dakota Yellowstone
Michael Peters, MD FASMBS, Delaware
Samuel Szomstein, MD FASMBS, Florida, Puerto Rico & The Caribbean
Titus Duncan, MD, Georgia
Brian Wong, MD, Hawaii
Steven Cahalan, MD, Iowa
Jonathan Wallace, MD FASMBS, Illinois
Margaret Inman, MD FASMBS, Indiana
G. Brice Hamilton, MD FASMBS, Kansas
Joshua Steiner, MD, Kentucky
James Redmann, 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
Catherine Boulay, MD FASMBS, 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


  • 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. Provide each ASMBS member with chapter membership
    • There is now a chapter presence in every state – 36 chapters: 26 individual chapters, 5 joint chapters of 2 adjacent states, and 4 group chapters of 5 states combined. Some of the large regions may need to reconfigure. There is some interest in Idaho having its own chapter, rather than being part of Dakota Yellowstone. Online services like “Go-to-meeting” may be something to consider in order to help big territories connect.
    • See maps below for details; the first map shows State Chapter Presidents, Super STARs, and STARS, and the second map shows chapters ASMBS-State-Chapter-Status-Map-082118.png"
  2. Maintain webpages on ASMBS site for chapters
  3. Host Annual Chapter Presidents’ Summit to train chapter leaders and facilitate dialogue among them


  1. Strengthen existing chapters
  2. Plan State Chapter rally at ObesityWeek 2017


  1. Promote positive relations and ongoing communication between members and national ASMBS
  2. Facilitate more collaboration between states in the same region
  3. Help chapters develop and host high-quality state/regional meetings
  4. Increase membership of practicing bariatric surgeons in ASMBS
  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. Continue chapter presence in all 50 states
  2. 5th Annual State Chapter Presidents’ Summit at ASMBS Weekend 2017 in San Diego on June 8th
  3. Quarterly State Chapter Presidents’ conference calls
  4. 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
  5. STARs and Super STARs in all 50 states to coordinate with Access to Care Committee as needs arise
  6. Distribute dues reports and member lists to chapter Presidents to assist with communication
  7. Planned agenda and activities for State Chapter Presidents Rally at ObesityWeek 2017
  8. Continue ASMBS state chapter spotlight column in Bariatric Times in order to highlight achievements and disseminate knowledge about chapter activities
  9. Collect state chapter dues (for all but a few states)
  10. Provide ASMBS-sponsored CME for state chapter meetings

2017 Completed Projects

  1. Spring 2017: ObesityWeek Survey sent from state chapter Presidents to chapter members as first test of utilizing state chapter system to improve voter participation
  2. 5th Annual State Chapter President’s Summit June 8, 2017 in San Diego
  3. Kansas full and New England full chapter status achieved
  4. ASMBS election participation was doubled by our committee’s efforts to encourage participation
  5. State Chapter Rally on October 31st at ObesityWeek 2017 well attended; Guest Speaker Governor Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage of Maine