ASMBS Foundation News and Update—September 2016

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September 2016

by Connie Stillwell
Ms. Stillwell is the Executive Director of the ASMBS Foundation.

2016 LEAD Awards. We are proud to announce the award recipients of the ASMBS Foundation’s 2016 LEAD Awards. Congratulations to all of our award winners on your outstanding achievements!
•    Bruce M. Wolfe, MD, FACS
Outstanding Achievement Award
•    Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Master Educator Award
•    Wendy King, PhD
Integrated Health Circle of Excellence Award

Stay Tuned! The following awards will be announced soon:
•    Dr. Ronald Celement Patient Safety and Quality Award
•    Excellence in Nutrition Award
•    Surgical Innovation Award
•    Excellence in Clinical Care Award
•    Distinguished Industry Partner Award
•    ASMBS Research Grant Awards
•    Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award

Please join us in celebrating our award recipients at the Foundation’s 2016 LEAD Awards ceremony on Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the New Orleans Convention Center from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Tickets can be purchased for $150 at

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our 2016 LEAD Award Sponsors—Platinum: Bariatric Advantage, Ethicon, Fresno Hearth & Surgical Hospital, W.L. Gore and Associates, and Medtronic; Gold: Olympus; Silver: Novo Nordisk.

Inside the ASMBS Foundation. We continue our interview series with Alfons Pomp, MD, FACS, FRCSC.

Dr. Pomp is Chief of GI Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Leon C. Hirsch Professor of Surgery. He is also the Vice Chairman of Surgery at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Pomp has more than 120 PubMed citations and has been the invited speaker for 250 national and international presentations.

Dr. Pomp, as a well-liked and involved member of our community, what would you say to enlist ASMBS members to donate to the Foundation?
The Foundation serves several complementary functions to the ASMBS including funding advocacy efforts to improve access to bariatric surgical therapy, and promotes awareness of the safety and efficacy of bariatric surgery. The Foundation also provides initial funding for research; the Foundation has provided at least 24 grants and is continuing these efforts.

Why do you serve on our Foundation’s Board of Directors?
I am honored to serve as this allows me to interact with some of the amazing leaders of our society as well as the uprising stars of the bariatric field to establish the Foundation’s vision for tomorrow, all the while contributing to improving the health of our patients with obesity.

What do you see as the most important contribution of the Foundation to date?
Most of the ASMBS members are aware of the Foundation’s nation-wide Walk from Obesity campaign that raises a significant amount of money for the Foundation’s projects ($125,000 and counting this spring!). Our eventual goal for the Foundation is to raise enough capital to establish a permanent endowment that will allow us to support the essential parts of our Annual Meeting at Obesity Week – we are all aware that external funding and industry support cannot be relied on forever.

Will you form a team to try and beat Dr. Kurian’s and Dr. Kim’s teams in the 2016 United We Step Challenge?
I think Dr. Kim’s robots may be his “secret weapon” that help him with the many, many steps taken by his team in 2015, and I am not sure we will be able to compete. It will also certainly be a challenge to overcome Dr. Kurian’s charisma and her team’s enthusiasm!

For more information about the Foundation’s Board of Director please visit

To view more interviews with the ASMBS Foundation board members, visit

The United We Step Challenge. Registration for the Foundation’s 2016 step challenge is now open! There is no fee to participate, and all you need is a pedometer or body-monitoring device. Visit to learn more and register today!

This three day event challenges individuals to focus on their daily physical activity by monitoring their step count and striving to increase it by at least 500 steps per day. The goal is to reach 50 million collective steps and raise awareness of obesity in America.

Get your practice involved by forming a team and inviting patients, colleagues, and friends to join.

Thank you to our 2016 event sponsors Ethicon, Medtronic, and Novo Nordisk!

Walk from Obesity Jazz March. Join us in honoring our Walk from Obesity Event Leaders, Presenting Sponsors, and Volunteers during Obesity Week at the Foundation’s Walk from Obesity “Jazz March.” The March will leave from the main lobby (section A) of the New Orleans Convention Center on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at 5:30pm.

Meeting attendees will be led by a traditional second line band down the streets of New Orleans to raise awareness of obesity.
To learn more about the Jazz March, visit

Fall 2016 Walks:
•    Akron, Ohio—9/17
•    Celebration, Florida—11/12
•    Cleveland, Ohio—10/15
•    Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey—10/15
•    Grand Junction, Colorado—10/1
•    Greenville, North Carolina—10/29
•    Indianapolis, Indiana—10/1
•    Mountain View, CA (NorCal)—9/10
•    New Orleans, Louisiana—TBD
•    New York, New York—9/11
•    Portland, Oregon—10/22

2016 ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors
Marina Kurian, MD

Keith Kim, MD

Raul Rosenthal, MD
Past President

Gina Baldo
Stacey Brethauer, MD
Bipan Chand, MD
Wayne English, MD
Matt Hutter, MD
Rami Lutfi, MD
Georgeann Mallory, RD
Samer Mattar, MD
John Morton, MD
Alfons Pomp, MD
Jaime Ponce, MD
Phillip Schauer, MD
Karen Schulz, RN


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