ASMBS Foundation News and Update—December 2011

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December 2011

by David Provost, MD

Dr. Provost is President of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation. He maintains a private practice, Provost Bariatrics in Denton, Texas. Dr. Provost also serves on the ASMBS Executive Council, is a member of the Surgical Review Corporation’s (SRC) Board of Directors, and is a member of the Society for American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), where he serves on the Bariatric Liaison Committee.

ASMBS Foundation Mission Statement
The ASMBS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization developed to raise funds for conducting research, education, increasing public and scientific awareness and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment of obesity. The Foundation shares the vision of the ASMBS to improve the public health and well being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

Make an end-of-year charitable donation to support the ASMBS Foundation’s Operation M.O.R.E. and be entered to win an IPad 2!
Your tax-deductible donation of an amount significant to you will help the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation’s Operation M.O.R.E. (Monies for Obesity Research and Education) to continue building our endowment and ensure that ASMBS members will receive the valuable support of the ASMBS Foundation. Thanks to your generosity, the Foundation was able to do the following:

•    Double Platinum Sponsor of the Certified Bariatric Nurse Program
•    Fund 22 ASMBS Research Grants
•    Support the ASMBS Nutrition Guidelines Project
•    Support the ASMBS Online CME Program
•    Fund the ASMBS Integrated Health Research Awards
•    Support the Edward Mason Professorship at the University of Iowa
•    Support the educational and advocacy initiatives of the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC)
•    Sponsor the Walk from Obesity, Walk on the Capitol in Washington, DC in 2008
•    Fund the Walk from Obesity Cookbook
•    Fund 11 Bryan G. Woodward Community Grants to support local initiatives to address the obesity epidemic
•    Sponsor the 2010 and 2011 ASMBS Fall Educational Courses
•    Fund the ASMBS Access and Advocacy Program
•    Fund the 2011 ASMBS International Committee Awards
•    Support the revised ASMBS Patient Booklet
•    Support the ASMBS jLog™ Program, an online educational project to meet the information needs of patients and referring physicians regarding metabolic and bariatric surgery
•    Organize the annual Walk from Obesity fundraising events in over 70 cities across the United States
•    Support the ASMBS Quality Improvement Project

We continue to work hard to be responsible stewards of your generosity and to be efficient with our operations while fulfilling our mission. Aside from the tax advantages from your contribution, you receive the satisfaction of knowing that your gift will continue to grow and serve those affected by obesity and support the advancement of metabolic and bariatric surgery through education and research.
Please visit and click on “Operation M.O.R.E.” to make a secure online donation, or you can mail your donation to:

ASMBS Foundation
100 SW 75th St.
Suite 201
Gainesville, FL 32607

Once again, thank you for your generosity and forward thinking.

Walk from Obesity Cookbook special offer. Make an extra $10 donation to the Walk from Obesity and we will mail you a copy of the Walk from Obesity Cookbook for FREE!
Donate more and receive even more cookbooks! The cookbook makes a great gift for family, friends, patients, and support group members.

Please visit and click on the picture of the cookbook to make a donation and order a copy today while supplies last.

Thanks to everyone who supported the 2011 Walk from Obesity. In 2011, more than 60 Walk from Obesity events were held throughout the United States to help raise funds and national awareness of the disease of obesity.

Since its inception, the Walk has raised more than $5 million to help fund the ASMBS Foundation and its research, professional education initiatives, community grant projects, and the patient and general public educational and advocacy programs of the OAC.

To see how we are putting your dollars to work, please visit the ASMBS Foundation and OAC web sites at: and

Stay tuned for the 2011 Top Fundraising Walks and a complete wrap-up in an upcoming issue of Bariatric Times.

Deadline approaching for the new incentive to Host a Walk from Obesity Event this Coming Spring! Sign up to host a Spring 2012 Walk from Obesity event and achieve a minimum fundraising goal of $10,000 and you will receive a complimentary plenary session registration to next year’s ASMBS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

The deadline to fill out the online application to host a Spring Walk is January 15, 2012. Dates are available from March through May 2012.

“The Walk from Obesity is a fabulous day for our bariatric patients to get together and share their stories. Many of the patients haven’t had the ability to participate in any kind of Walk before. This day is empowering to them and you can feel their sense of pride and accomplishment.”
-PJ Stough, Lifeweigh Bariatrics, Chicago, Illinois

Ask us how to get involved today by calling (866) 471-2727, or visiting the Walk from Obesity website at and clicking on “Host a Walk.”

The ASMBS Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award.
Each year the Foundation honors an ASMBS member who supports the goals and vision of the ASMBS Foundation, has displayed a lasting impression and selfless commitment to the ASMBS organization, and has made significant contributions to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.

If you would like to nominate a friend or colleague for this award, please submit your recommendation in writing, by February 6, 2012.

The Award will be presented in San Diego, California, during the 29th Annual Meeting of the ASMBS in June 2012.
ASMBS Foundation board members and previous recipients (S. Ross Fox, MD; Henry Buchwald, MD; Alex Macgregor, MD; Georgeann Mallory, RD; Mervyn Deitel, MD; Douglas S. Hess, MD; John Linner, MD; Edward E. Mason, MD; Nicola Scopinaro, MD; Walter Pories, MD; Mal Fobi, MD; Harvey Sugerman, MD; and Philip Schauer, MD) are not eligible for the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award.

Please mail your nomination letter to:
ASMBS Foundation
100 SW 75th St., Suite 201
Gainesville, FL 32607

Or e-mail your nomination letter to: [email protected].

If you have any questions regarding the Outstanding Achievement Award, please call the ASMBS Foundation office at 352-332-9100.


Category: ASMBS Foundation News and Update, Past Articles

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