ASMBS Foundation News and Update—February 2012

| February 16, 2012 | 0 Comments

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’s 15th Annual Event—Celebration of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery. Join us for a Night of Celebration and Fun! You are cordially invited to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation’s 15th Annual Fundraising Event “Celebration of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery,” which will be held in conjunction with the 29th Annual Meeting of the ASMBS in San Diego, California, June 2012.

Join friends and colleagues for a post-meeting extravaganza, including dinner, live musical entertainment, dancing, casino games, the chance to win some great prizes, and a celebration of accomplishments.

Each year the Foundation honors an ASMBS member who has displayed a selfless commitment to the ASMBS and has made significant contributions to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. The recipient of the ASMBS Foundation’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award will be honored with a brief presentation during the dinner program.

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Indigo Ballroom
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Ticket Cost: $125
Ticket includes ASMBS AfterDark, where the ASMBS comes alive!

Purchase your ticket today!
• Purchase your ticket when registering for the ASMBS Annual meeting at
• If you have already registered for the ASMBS Annual Meeting and would like to purchase a ticket online, visit
• If you would like to purchase a ticket offline, visit to download the ticket order form

Sponsorship Opportunities
The ASMBS Foundation needs your help to make this a successful event! Industry sponsorship is a major way to ensure the success of this special occasion.

For more information about sponsorship, please visit
Past Recipients of the ASMBS Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award:
1998—S. Ross Fox, MD
1999—Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD
2000—Alex McGregor, MD
2001—Georgeann Mallory, RD
2002—Mervyn Deitel, MD
2003—Douglas S. Hess, MD
2004—John Linner, MD
2005—Edward E. Mason, MD
2006—Nicola Scopinaro, MD
2007—Walter J. Pories, MD
2009—Mal Fobi, MD
2010—Harvey Sugerman, MD
2011—Philip Schauer, MD

P3 Pedometer Challenge—Register today for this fun competition during the ASMBS Annual Meeting in beautiful San Diego and the chance to win some great prizes, including an IPad 2.

Every step counts. It’s amazing how much walking you can get in without even trying and with a little extra effort you can really put on the miles and burn the calories.

Every dollar raised counts. You can make a difference in the fight against obesity. Monies raised will benefit the ASMBS Foundation’s Operation M.O.R.E. (Monies for Obesity Research and Education) and helps to reach their fundraising goals for obesity research and education.
• Registration fee is $10 (includes pedometer).
• Participants will be provided online fundraising tools to collect donations after registering online.
• Winners will be announced at the Welcome Reception on Tuesday, June 19.
• ALL participants will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an iPod Nano.

Location: 2012 ASMBS Annual Meeting, in San Diego, California. Check-in and pedometer pickup will be located across from the meeting registration desk in the convention center.

Registration and check-in will be open:
Sunday, June 17, 7:00 am—5:00 pm
Monday, June 18, 7:00 am—5:00 pm
Tuesday, June 19, 7:00 am—3:00 pm

The contest ends: Tuesday, June 19 at 3:30 pm

Final check-in: Tuesday, June 19 at 3:30 pm–4:00 pm

Top three fundraisers will receive (according to placement): iPad 2, iPod Nano, ASMBS Logo Products

Top three Individuals (according to placement) with the most steps taken: iPod Nano, Foot Locker Gift Card, ASMBS Logo Item

Register today at www.asmbsfoundation.
org or For more information: [email protected] or (866) 471-2727

Spring 2012 Walk from Obesity Cities Announced. We are excited to announce our 2012 Spring Walks! The following cities will be hosting a Walk from Obesity in March, April, and May:
Alabama—Birmingham, Mobile
California—El Monte, Palm Springs, San Diego
Colorado—Grand Junction
Florida—Tampa Bay
Nevada—Las Vegas
North Carolina—Mooresville
West Virginia—Bruceton Mills

Stay tuned for a more complete list of 2012 Spring locations. Event information will be added as it becomes available. If you do not see a city near you listed and are interested in hosting a Walk from Obesity this Fall, please visit and click on “Host a Walk.”

Host a Walk from Obesity Event. Hosting a Walk from Obesity event is a tremendous experience. The Walk from Obesity is the ONLY event where individuals affected by obesity can join together and raise awareness of this disease. From New York to California, walkers all across the country represent their successes in the fight against obesity.

“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 – you can feel their sense of pride and accomplishment.”
-PJ Stough of LifeWeigh Bariatrics, Chicago, Illinois, Walk from Obesity Event Leader

• Hosting a Walk in your community is an excellent way to join with local healthcare providers and volunteers to help those affected by obesity and raise money for a worthwhile cause.
• The Walk from Obesity is a proud tradition among many of the leading bariatric practices across the country.
• The Walk from Obesity is the only national event that brings together those who are directly affected by obesity.
• Participating in the Walk is key to drawing attention to obesity and the need for treatment and prevention efforts.
• This National event gives hospitals, bariatric programs, and sponsors invaluable exposure in the obesity community, in addition to National and local media and the public.
• Since its inception, the Walk has raised over $5 million for obesity research, treatment, prevention, advocacy, and awareness for the ASMBS Foundation and the Obesity Action Coalition (OAC).

To get started hosting a Walk from Obesity event in your city, visit and click on “Host a Walk” to complete the online application form and download the Walk from Obesity Committee Guide.

Become a Sponsor of the Walk from Obesity. Sponsorship in the Walk from Obesity is an excellent and philanthropic way to show your support in the fight against obesity. We thank all of our current National Sponsors for their support in helping the Walk from Obesity become a successful event by raising funds and public awareness of the disease of obesity.

To learn more about becoming an official National Sponsor of the Walk from Obesity and view the 2012 Sponsorship Prospectus, please visit, and click on “Become a Sponsor.”

Please direct all sponsor inquiries to: Connie Stillwell, ASMBS Foundation, Director of Programs; Phone: (352) 332-9100; Toll Free: (866) 471-2727; E-mail: [email protected]


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