Educational Overview and Information


The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery is committed to providing tools for physicians and integrated health professionals as they participate in the Maintenance of Certification program, a lifelong learning process which includes areas of self-assessment and quality improvement of practice performance by physician specialists. Presentations of papers submitted from the most current research, as well as invited lecturers, promote the exchange of information and experiences between those practiced in bariatric surgery and newcomers to the field. The Scientific Session is offered as a culmination to the selection of courses presented in various learning formats designed to meet the needs of the learner. The primary goal is continual improvement in the competence and performance of those in the field of bariatric surgery which will result in improved patient outcomes.

Target Audience

The conference is designed for all clinical and academic surgeons and support staff, including any health professional involved in the care of the obese patient, who wish to increase their knowledge of the surgical and perioperative management of the obese patient. The conference is also designed for those seeking practical pearls and hands-on experience to modify their practice and thereby achieve more favorable patient outcomes.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this conference, physicians and support staff should be able to:

  • Define, discuss and solve specific challenges in the treatment of patients who suffer from obesity and obesity-related and metabolic diseases and conditions
  • Describe the development and use of new techniques to achieve weight loss by surgery in obese patients
  • Examine the broad scope of patient care services
  • Identify the specific needs of bariatric patients and assist in targeting their care in a coordinated multidisciplinary team effort

Accreditation Statements

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (AMSBS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery designates this educational activity for a maximum of 38.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credits (up to 40.75 CE contact hours) are provided by Taylor College, Los Angeles, California (possibly may not be accepted for national certification.)

APA and NASW credits for the ASMBS Masters in Behavioral Health Course are pending. This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Educational Disclaimer

The primary purpose of this conference is education. Information presented, as well as publications, technologies, products, and/or services discussed, are intended to inform you about the knowledge, techniques and experiences of bariatric surgeons who are willing to share such information with colleagues. A diversity of professional opinions exists in bariatric surgery, and the views of the conference’s faculty are offered solely for educational purposes. Faculty’s views neither represent those of the ASMBS nor constitute endorsement by the Society. The ASMBS declaims any and all liability or damages to any individual attending this conference and for all claims, which may result from the use of information, publications, technologies, products, and/or services of the meeting. Faculty disclosure statements have been requested from the speakers and will be presented in the conference materials.

Special Assistance

ASMBS can assist with special needs (for example, physical, dietary). Please email us for assistance.

Additional Information

American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
100 SW 75 Street, Suite 201 | Gainesville, FL 32607 USA
Phone: (352) 331-4900 | Fax: (352) 331-4975 | email |

ASMBS Policy on Disclosure

The ASMBS has implemented the following mechanisms to identify and manage conflicts of interest prior to an educational activity:

  • The ASMBS is committed to ensuring that all attendees are informed of any and all commercial relationships and/or potential conflicts of interest.
  • Members of the Executive Council and Program Committee must provide a financial disclosure statement.
  • All planners who are in control of content must provide their financial disclosure for review prior to developing their activity and inviting faculty.
  • Invited faculty must provide their financial disclosure upon invitation to serve as faculty.
  • For abstract submissions for the Scientific Session, Video Session, Poster Session, the IH Session and the Behavioral Health Session, the authors are all to provide their disclosures at the time of abstract submission.
  • All speakers must display a list of financial disclosures on the first slide of their presentation.
  • All disclosures are reviewed and resolved by the ASMBS CPD Department for potential conflict of interest.

Rules for Presentations and Management of Conflict of Interest

  • All presentations are viewed for potential COI by the ASMBS CME Department before they are released for presentation.
  • If COI is determined, the presenter is contacted for resolution.
  • If the conflict is unable to be resolved, the presenter is asked to recuse himself.
  • During the session, the course directors and/or moderators are observant of the presentations and monitor any statement that would present a possible commercial bias and may dismiss the speaker at that time if necessary.
  • The first slide of the presentation must offer the speaker’s disclosure; if it does not, the speaker is asked to verbally disclose. If the speaker does not verbally disclose, they can then be recused.

Procedure for Reporting Commercial Bias

You, the attendee, are encouraged to document any concerns about commercially-biased presentations/materials during educational sessions. You may obtain these report forms at the registration desk. Please take your completed forms to the ASMBS staff at the registration desk or fax to (352) 331-4975

ASMBS Program Committee

  • Chair: Ninh Nguyen, MD, FACS, FASMBS, EC Liaison; Co-Chair: Daniel Herron, MD, FACS; Immediate Past Chair: Marc Bessler, MD, FACS; Mohamed Ali, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Bipan Chand, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Wayne English, MD, FACS; Dan Gagné, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Michel Gagner, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Keith Gersin, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Keith Kim, MD, FACS; Shanu Kothari, MD, FACS; Monali Misra, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Bradley Needleman, MD, FACS; Aurora Pryor, MD, FACS; Kevin Reavis, MD, FACS; Alan Saber, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Brian Smith, MD, FACS; Shawn Tsuda, MD, FACS; Bruce Schirmer, MD, FACS; Benjamin Schneider, MD, FACS; Ranjan Sudan, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Erik Wilson, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Brandon Williams, MD, FACS; Stephen Wohlgemuth, MD, FACS, FASMBS; Jeffrey Zitsman, MD, FACS; Natan Zundel, MD, FACS, FASMBS

ASMBS Integrated Health Professional Education Committee

Chair: Karen Flanders, NP, CBN, IHEC Liaison; Co-Chair: Maureen Quigley, APRN; Immediate Past Chair: Karen Schulz, RN, MSN, CBN; Dale Bond, PhD; Susan Bunnell, RN, BS, CBN; Laura Boyer, CBN, RN; Laura Frank, PhD, RD, CD, MPH; Kelli Friedman, PhD; Brett Gordon, MS, PA-C; William Gourash, MSN, CRNP; Julie Parrott, MS, RD, CPT; Stephen Ritz, PhD; David Sarwer, PhD; Kristine Steffen, PharmD, PhD; Sharon Zarabi, RD, CDN, CPT