ASMBS Foundation News and Update—April 2016

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

by Connie Stillwell

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

Welcome New Officers! The Foundation welcomed Marina Kurian, MD, as President of the ASMBS Foundation. Dr. Kurian has served as a board member since 2012, and is past Foundation Secretary/Treasurer. Her term continues through 2018.

Keith Kim, MD, has filled the role of Secretary/Treasurer for the Foundation. Dr. Kim has served as a board member since 2011. His term continues through 2018.

Finally, we would like to thank Raul Rosenthal, MD for his service as ASMBS Foundation President (2013–2015). Dr. Rosenthal will be serving another one-year term on the Board of Directors. As past-president, he will continue to help the Foundation increase outreach and raise awareness of the disease of obesity while assisting with fundraising efforts to support our mission.

A big thank you to our officers and board of directors who volunteer their time and energy to ensure the Foundation’s success.

Walk from Obesity Update. The application to host an official Walk from Obesity event this fall is now open. Hosting a Walk raises awareness of the disease of obesity, builds camaraderie in the community, and provides individuals with resources and knowledge to assist in their weight-loss journey. Apply before June 3, 2016 to get started on planning your event early.

We are excited to announce the Spring 2016 Walk from Obesity locations. To learn more about these events, and how you can get involved, please visit

Spring 2016 Walks:
•    Scottsdale, Arizona
April 9, 2016
Presented by: Honor Health
•    Wilmington, North Carolina
April 30, 2016
Presented by Chrysalis Center for Counseling and Eating Disorder Treatment
•    Pomona, California
April 30, 2016
Presented by: Enquos
•    San Antonio, Texas
May 21, 2016
Presented by: Methodist Healthcare
•    Plainsboro, New Jersey
May 22, 2016
Presented by: Princeton Healthcare System, and the Center of Bariatric Surgery & Metabolic Medicine at University Medical Center of Princeton
•    Providence, Rhode Island
May 22, 2016
Presented by Center for Weight & Wellness, Rhode Island Hospital—The Miriam Hospital
•    Boston, Massachusetts
June 4, 2016
Presented by: Brigham and Women’s Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
•    Hackensack, New Jersey
June 6, 2016
Presented by Center for Bariatric Medicine & Surgery Hackensack UMC
•    Lakewood, Washington
June 11, 2016
Presented by: CHI Franciscan Health
•    Maryland/Washington DC
June 26, 2016
Presented by: the Maryland State Chapter of the ASMBS

Thank you to all of the volunteers who make these events possible. Without your hard work and dedication we would not be able to increase our outreach and continue to raise awareness of obesity.

The Foundation’s Annual LEAD Awards. The annual LEAD Awards honors members of the metabolic and bariatric surgery community who have shown exceptional leadership and dedication. Please join us on November 1, 2016, at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center (in conjunction with Obesity Week 2016) as we honor this year’s award recipients.

A call for nominations for the following awards will be sent to ASMBS members in June 2016: Awards are as follows:
•    Outstanding Achievement Award
•    Dr. Ronald Clements Patient Safety Award
•    Excellence in Clinical Care Award
•    Excellence in Nutrition Award
•    Master Education Award
•    Surgical Innovation Award
•    Distinguished Industry Partner Award

To learn more about the 2016 LEAD Awards, purchase tickets, or sponsor this event, please visit

The United We Step Challenge. United We Step is a national campaign to raise awareness of obesity and the need to increase physical activity in America. This year’s United We Step Challenge will take place in conjunction with Obesity Week 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Participants are challenged to track their daily step count from October 31 through November 2, 2016, and will be encouraged to increase their steps by 500 per day. The overall goal of this challenge is to reach a collective total of 50 million steps.

This is a great opportunity to challenge your colleagues and patients to take an extra step toward better health. Visit our website at and join our mailing list for future updates and information. Registration for this event will open this fall.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Learn more at or contact the ASMBS Foundation at 352-332-9100.

The Walk from Obesity “Jazz March.” The Walk from Obesity “Jazz March” will take place during Obesity Week 2016.

We would like to invite all meeting attendees to join us as we march down the streets of New Orleans to raise awareness of the disease of obesity through the ASMBS Foundation’s Walk from Obesity. In traditional New Orleans style, the march will be led by a second line band and every participant will receive beads!

More details will be provided soon. Be sure to save the date, Thursday, November 3, 2016 and join us for this symbolic march.

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


Category: ASMBS Foundation News and Update, Past Articles

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