Integrated Health Committees

The resources, events, and offerings available through ASMBS’ Integrated Health Section are primarily conceived, developed and released by IH members. Committees are also involved in the programming of the ASMBS Annual Meeting, ASMBS Weekend, and other ASMBS events.

Joining and participating in a committee shows a commitment to bariatric surgery. Through networking and building leadership skills within a committee, doors to opportunities open. Apply to join a committee here!

Committee Member Guidelines:

  • The appointment is for a 2-year term, and you can be reappointed for consecutive terms if you desire to stay on a committee.


  • Prepares for and participates in the discussions and deliberations of the committee, attending all face-to-face and conference call meetings.
  • Takes a proactive approach to committee work. Working on committee projects throughout the year as directed by the committee chair.
  • Responds within 72 hours to committee chair messages, whenever possible.

Minimum time requirements:

  • One face-to-face meeting at ASMBS annual conference and a minimum of three conference calls
  • Time commitments vary by committee and type of project.

IH Committees

IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines

Chair: Katie Chapmon, MS, RD Co-Chair: Kasey Goodpaster, PhD IHEC Liaison: Stephanie Sogg, PhD
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The mission of the IH Clinical Issues and Guidelines Committee is to create evidence-based guidelines and position statements with focus on clinical issues related to the integrated multidisciplinary team as well as issues related to the individual Integrated Health disciplines with the goal of enhancing the safety, quality and outcomes of bariatric and metabolic surgical patient care. Learn More

IH Communications

Chair: Abby Schroeder, PA-C Co-Chair: Cindy Hipszer, RN MSN CNML IHEC Liaison: Nate Sann, FNP-BC, MSN
Staff Liaison: Jillian Tartt

The aim of the Integrated Health Communications committee is to facilitate communication within AMSBS integrated health membership, between integrated health and surgeon members, and with potential members. This includes communicating in outside forums, moderating communication over official forums, and ensuring that relevant integrated health is available to all members. Learn More

IH Program and Professional Education

Chair: Leslie Heinberg, PhD Co-Chair: Hilary Blackwood, NP IHEC Liaison: Karen Flanders, MSN, CBN, NP-C
Staff Liaison: Amie Buehler

The mission of the IH Program and Professional Education Committee is to promote and support development of accredited post-professional education programs that advance the skills, clinical practices, and research endeavors of metabolic and bariatric surgery professionals to enhance the quality of patient care, optimize outcomes, and improve patients’ quality of life. Membership will include representation from the five major disciplines of the Integrative Health Membership. Learn More

IH Membership

Chair: Adam Dungey, BSN, RN Co-Chair: Heidi Bednarchuk, APRN CNS IHEC Liaison: Lynn Bolduc, MS, RD, LD, CDE
Staff Liaison: Danielle Marsh

The function of the IH Membership Committee is to act as liaison for members to ensure needs of membership are being met by the society, address member concerns, review membership applications, assist applicants in the application process when necessary, stimulate membership, and ensure access of members to society benefits. Learn More

IH Multidisciplinary Care

Chair: Genna Hymowitz, PhD Co-Chair: TBD IHEC Liaison: April Smith, PharmD
Staff Liaison: Leslie Vinson

The mission of the committee is to provide evidence-based support for the role of the team members in the care of long-term success of the bariatric surgical patient. The committee is comprised of each integrated team member including exercise, behavioral health, nursing, nutrition, surgery, and obesity medicine. Learn More

IH Support Group

Chair: Francine Broder, PsyD Co-Chair: Lauren Carey, RDN IHEC Liaison: Paul Davidson, PhD
Staff Liaison: Karen Loerzel

The mission of the Support Group committee is to promote the development of the concept of support groups in the care of bariatric surgical patient identify the needs of support group leaders and develop strategies to meet these needs identify, develop and distribute resources for support groups and support group leaders, and encourage the exchange of ideas and networking among support group leaders. Learn More

IH CBN Certification

Chair: William Gourash, RN, CRNP, PhD Co-Chair: Jessie M. Moore, MSN, APRN IHEC Liaison: Christine Bauer, MSN, RN, CBN

The CBN Certification Committee is dedicated to enhancing and promoting the specialty of bariatric nursing care by maintaining the CBN certification program. Learn More