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An ASMBS IH Member since 1996, Walter established the first national advocacy practice of its kind - devoted to helping patients and surgery programs appeal insurance payer denials of bariatric surgery. He is a successful bariatric patient who underwent an open RNY gastric bypass in 1994 after winning his first bariatric appeal against his own insurer. In 2003 he became one of the first 10 patients in the world to have a band over bypass revision and has since maintained an overall weight loss of over 175 lbs. He and his wife/partner Kelley are considered the foremost U.S. experts on the insurance appeal process, having handled over 10,000 appeals for patients across the country against every leading insurer and self-insured plan. He is a member of both the Insurance and Access To Care Committees and frequently has been faculty for various ASMBS courses. In 2003 he received the Circle Of Excellence Award presented by the Integrated Health members in recognition of his service to patients and to Society membership. He served on the ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors, receiving a Distinguished Service award. He served on the Board of Directors for the Obesity Action Coalition from 2010-2013. Walter graduated Cum Laude from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1986. He received his undergraduate degree in both Philosophy and History from Loyola Marymount University in 1981. He lives and practices with Kelley, his wife of 39 years, and they are blessed to be the parents of two amazing young women and Bentley, their 7 year old yellow lab.


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