Surgical Education is in Crisis: Call for All Alumni to Get Involved, Contribute to the Foundation for Surgical Fellowships
Dear readers of Bariatric Times: I just returned from Baltimore, Maryland, after attending the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES).
American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, The Obesity Society, and American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Issue Updated Guidelines Outlining Optimal Management of Bariatric Surgery Patient Care
Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: As we get ready for the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) 29th annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, this month we present another new and exciting issue of Bariatric Times.
Introducing “Ask the Leadership.” This month ASMBS President-Elect Dr. Ninh Nguyen Discusses the Controversy Surrounding Accredited Bariatric Centers
Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: With the advent of laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) and the previous popularity and, in my opinion, excessive use of laparoscoping adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), we have seen a large number of gastric bands being removed and converted to either a Roux-em-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) or LSG.
“Medicine is Changing and So Should We:” Commentary on the New Proposed Guidelines of the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: By now you may be familiar with the controversy that was recently unleashed following the release of the new suggested guidelines and standards for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)/American College of Surgeons (ACS) accreditation program called the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and [...]
Surgery and Incentive Programs May Help in Preventing Obesity Rates from Rising Worldwide, but Lifestyle Changes will Always Play a Role
Dear friends, colleagues, and readers of Bariatric Times: I hope you had a great start in 2013. This year promises to be an exciting one for the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). First, 2013 brings the implementation of the ASMBS and American College of Surgeons (ACS) Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and [...]
Looking Forward to a New Year and Hoping that Healthcare Reform Includes More Access to Care for Individuals with Obesity
Dear Friends and Colleagues, First, I would like to commend Dr. Michel Gagner on the success of the Fourth Annual International Consensus Summit for Sleeve Gastrectomy (ICSSG-4), which took place in New York, an outstanding venue for the event. Highlights of the summit included live surgery sessions that featured surgeons from all over the world [...]
November Marks Awareness of Diabetes and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Two Well-known Comorbidties in the Bariatric Patient Population
Dear Friends and Colleagues, Let me start this editorial message by congratulating Georgeann Mallory and The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) on another outstanding Fall Educational Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. This year, attendance to the event was the highest it has ever been in its three-year run. Attendees enjoyed excellent, state-of-the-art [...]
Defining Success and Failure after Bariatric Surgery and Exploring Patterns that Predispose Patients to Obesity
Dear Friends and Colleagues, I just returned from Chicago, Illinois, where I attended the 100th Annual Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. This gathering was a milestone for the ACS and I feel privileged to have been a part of it. The highlight of the meeting was the announcement of Dr. Carlos Pellegrini [...]