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Published April 2020

COVID-19 Resource Center

ASMBS is here for you in these challenging times

We are closely monitoring the impact of COVID-19, with the health and safety of our members, patients, and industry partners our top priority. We will provide regular updates through our ongoing webinar series. Please check back for more information as it becomes available.

Many of our members are stepping up to challenges brought on by COVID-19 in an incredible way. Have a story to share with us? Email at communications@asmbs.org for a chance to be featured on our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook page.


COVID-19 Webinar Series

COVID-19 Town Hall Q&A: Restarting Surgery

COVID-19 Town Hall Q&A: Restarting Surgery – Issues to Consider in Prioritizing Cases

May 26th, 2020
Moderator: Matt Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
Presenters: Ali Aminian, MD FASMBS, Vivek Prachand, MD, Anthony Petrick, MD FASMBS, and Christopher Daigle, MD FRCSC FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Panelists: Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS, President Elect, Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS, Secretary/Treasurer, Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past President, and Nina Crowley, PhD RD LD, IH Secretary

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Restarting Surgery - Issues to Consider in Prioritizing Cases

COVID-19 Updates: Restarting Surgery – Issues to Consider in Prioritizing Cases

May 19th, 2020
Moderator: Matt Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
Presenters: Ali Aminian, MD FASMBS, Vivek Prachand, MD, Anthony Petrick, MD FASMBS, and Christopher Daigle, MD FRCSC FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Panelists: Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS, President Elect, Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS, Secretary/Treasurer, Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past President, and Nina Crowley, PhD RD LD, IH Secretary

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Independent/Community Practices: Surviving COVID-19

COVID-19 Updates: Independent/Community Practices: Surviving COVID-19

May 5th, 2020
Moderator: Matt Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
Presenters: Shawn Garber, MD FACS, Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS, Rami Lutfi, MD FACS FASMBS, Margaret Inman, MD FASMBS FACS
Executive Council Panelists: Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS, President Elect, Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS, Secretary/Treasurer, Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past President

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COVID-19 Restarting Surgery Webinar

Restarting Surgery: Issues to Consider

Recorded April 28th, 2020
Moderator: Matt Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
Presenters: Peng “Charles” Zhang, MD PhD FACS, Clifford Ko, MD MS MSHS FACS, Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS
Executive Council Panelists: Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS, President Elect, Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS, Secretary/Treasurer, Nate Sann, MSN CRNP FNP-BC

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COVID-19 Updates: Embracing Telehealth Webinar

COVID-19 Updates: Embracing Telehealth

Recorded April 21st, 2020
Moderator: Matt Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
Presenters: Betsy Dovec, MD FACS FASMBS, Jana Wolff, RDN LDN, Paul Davidson, PhD, and Rich Peterson MD MPH FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Panelists: Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS, President Elect, Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS, Secretary/Treasurer, Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past President, and Lisa West-Smith, PhD LISW-S, Integrated Health President

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COVID-19: Updates from ASMBS Webinar

COVID-19: Updates from ASMBS

Recorded April 7th, 2020
Moderator: Matt Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
Presenters: Joe Northup, Chair, MD FASMBS, Paul Kemmeter, MD, and John Scott, MD FACS FASMBS
Executive Council Panelists: Shanu Kothari, MD FASMBS, President Elect, Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS FASMBS, Secretary/Treasurer, Eric DeMaria, MD FASMBS, Immediate Past President, and Lisa West-Smith, PhD LISW-S, Integrated Health President

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Why ASMBS Membership Matters

The COVID-19 pandemic is creating some of the greatest challenges that many of us have faced or will ever face. Surgeons and healthcare providers have always shown leadership in times of crises. We have trained for years to develop and hone our knowledge and skill to improve the lives of those in our hospitals, our operating rooms, our offices, and our communities. There is no greater time than now to extend this expertise and compassion to help out however we can.

We invite you to join us. Become a member of ASMBS. ASMBS is actively fighting to increase access to care for millions of people with obesity. Your contribution as a member of ASMBS will allow us to continue our work towards removing barriers for patients to receive life-saving treatment. Apply now to join your colleagues in making a difference. Submit Your Application Today. Please contact at membership@asmbs.org if you have any questions.

Advocacy Update

Read the Obesity Care Continuum Letter to House Leadership on TROA and COVID-19.

ASMBS Meetings

The ASMBS Annual Meeting will currently take place as planned. Sign up for our email alerts to receive important updates.

ASMBS Weekend 2020 has been cancelled and the 25th IFSO World Congress has been postponed to August 2021. Please visit IFSO2020.com for more information. Thank you for your understanding. Please contact abstracts@asmbs.org with any questions regarding abstract presentations.

Additional Resources

Notice: The links provided below will direct you to websites outside of ASMBS.org.


Efforts from our Industry Partners

As COVID-19 has altered the landscape for medicine, bariatric surgeons and medical companies are helping to fit this pandemic while learning how to best fit into this new environment. Accordingly, many ASMBS Corporate Council Member companies have taken action to help bariatric surgeons and patients. Check back as more companies share their efforts to help.


Baritrax360

Covid-19 has eliminated most all live bariatric seminars, classes, consults, and training sessions. Baritrax360 has adapted features to their automated patient engagement system that allow bariatric practices to easily replace their live-in person seminars, classes, and training sessions with recorded video presentations. Patients can get timed messages of motivation, links to watch these events online, take a quiz, and download necessary documents and forms via the Baritrax360 patient portal…. thus, keeping them moving forward in these challenging times.


Bariatric Fusion

As we face the challenges of this global pandemic, Bariatric Fusion’s top priority continues to be the health and wellness of our customers, employees, and community throughout the world. We are all facing uncertainty and change on many levels and I wanted to personally let you know, Bariatric Fusion is here for you.

Our leadership team, sales directors, product specialist, and customer support team are here to answer questions and make sure you are able to receive the supplements that you need before and after weight loss surgery. Currently, there are no expected delays or inventory stock-outs. We are taking the necessary steps and precautions to maintain all safety standards.


Bariatric Times

Due to the delay or cancellation of live meetings, Bariatric Times is happy to provide complimentary continuing education modules for nurses and dietitians. Qualified healthcare professionals can read and obtain certification of accreditation upon successful completion of the post-test. We are proud to be able to provide these to HCPs for free thanks to support from industry, and we are continuing to publish new modules in the coming months. Access the full library of activities here.


New Tri Health

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of non-essential medical appointments. Exploring alternatives to the traditional in-person, bariatric preoperative education is imperative. NewTri Health is a standardized, digital, preoperative platform which allows patients to begin or continue their preoperative process remotely. There are more than 25 video classes available online or through a mobile app for patients to access wherever they are. The classes are designed to meet the pre-op insurance requirements of bariatric surgery and cover topics ranging from the surgery itself to diet, exercise and mindset. For more information about NewTri Health and to learn how you can begin referring your patients today, click here.


W.L. Gore & Associates

As a materials science company, we believe we can apply our technical expertise and production capabilities to help meet short- and long-term needs of the medical community and others who are providing essential services at this critical time. Drawing upon capabilities across our divisions, some of the solutions we are exploring include garments for front-line health care workers, filtration components for face masks and respirators, and other tools to address specific problems facing hospitals and those caring for critically ill patients. We are committed to doing our part, working with partners across a spectrum of specialties, to provide meaningful solutions. To learn more about Gore’s response, click here.

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