ASMBS Foundation News and Update—November 2015

| November 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

by Connie Stillwell

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

ASMBS Foundation Board

LEAD Awards. The ASMBS Foundation is proud to announce the winners for the 2015 LEAD Awards. Congratulations to all of the award recipients and thank you for your hard work and dedication to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery.
The LEAD Awards will be held on Monday, November 3, 2015 (in conjunction with Obesity Week) at the Los Angeles Convention Center from 12:00pm to 1:30pm in room Petree C . To learn more about the Foundation’s LEAD Awards and to purchase tickets please visit

Congratulations to the following award recipients!
Outstanding Achievement Award. The Outstanding Achievement Award 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.

Integrated Health Circle of Excellence Award. The Integrated Health Circle of Excellence Awards presented to an outstanding member who has made a significant contribution to the Integrated Health Sciences section of the ASMBS. This award recognizes achievement in the fields of education, research, patient care, administrative and/or public awareness, as well as dedicated and loyal services to the Integrated Health Science Section.

Master Educator Award. The Master Educator Award recognizes an ASMBS member who has demonstrated excellence as a master educator and mentor in the field of Bariatric Surgery. In addition to recognized skills as an excellent educator, recipients of this award will have made significant contributions (one or several) in: educational leadership, curriculum development, education research, and participation in national educational meetings, educational publications in peer review journals, creation of innovative teaching programs and the development of CME programs, educational software, or videotapes. Award sponsored by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program.

Patient Safety and Quality Award. The Patient Safety and Quality Award recognizes major achievements for individuals in improving patient safety and health care quality in bariatric surgery. Better care in particular focuses on improving the overall quality by making bariatric care patient-centered, reliable, accessible, and safe. This annual award is designed to perpetuate the enduring contributions of bariatric care and to improve patient safety and health care quality in bariatric surgery, through specific initiatives or projects that have made an important contribution to bariatric patient safety and perioperative care quality. These include: dedication to improving the quality of bariatric care and patient safety, leadership in advancing methods for measuring and reporting bariatric care quality, expanding the public’s capacity to evaluate the quality and safety of bariatric care and promoting healthcare choices based upon information about safety and quality.

Excellence in Nutrition Award. The Excellence in Nutrition Award honors an ASMBS member who has made significant contributions to pre-operative and/or post-operative nutrition. Those contributions include original research specific to nutrition, novel approaches and/or protocols that maximize patient adherence, educational programs, etc. This individual clearly understands how both pre and post-operative nutrition compliments a surgical procedure to optimize post-operative health. Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage.

Excellence in Clinical Care Award. The Excellence in Clinical Care Award recognizes an ASMBS member for their exemplary qualities of clinical excellence and expertise in metabolic and bariatric surgery, as demonstrated by an exceptional record of patient-centered care, innovation, professionalism, leadership and continuous service to community. Award sponsored by Ethicon.

Surgical Innovation Award. The Surgical Innovation Award recognizes an ASMBS member who has provided technological breakthroughs in areas related to bariatric and metabolic research, in particular for new surgical methods or devices. Innovations can also be in the form of patents, inventions, new products, ideas or services. The innovations developed by the awardee should have the potential to change our standard practice and should go beyond marginal improvements in existing procedures or products. Through their study of disease and the impact on the patient, the Surgical Innovator has moved the needle and excited the spirit of innovation in others in the field. Award sponsored by Medtronic.

Distinguished Industry Partner Award. The Distinguished Industry Partner Award is presented to a prominent colleague from the bariatric industry for providing a steadfast commitment to the goals and vision of the ASMBS, excellence in service and value to ASMBS members, their patients, and the field of bariatric surgery.

The following ASMBS Research Grant recipients will also be recognized
Grant Title: Effect of Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy on Esophagogastric Junction Distensibility

Grant Title: Gut Microbiota and Their Xeno-Metabolites: Associations with Metabolic Health of Women Undergoing Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass

The ASMBS Research Grant Awards program is open to any principal investigator who is an ASMBS member. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application that is reviewed and evaluated by the ASMBS Research Committee and approved by the Governing Board. Upon their completion, the results of this project are expected to be presented at the ASMBS Scientific Session, as well as published in SOARD. Funding for the Research Grant program has been provided by the ASMBS Foundation.

Thank you to our event sponsors! Platinum: Bariatric Advantage, Ethicon, Medtronic, and Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital.  Gold: Olympus. Silver: Gore & Associates and Novo Nordisk.

Don’t Miss Us at Obesity Week. Visit us at Obesity Week Booth #904. Stop by the Foundation’s exhibit to learn more about the Walk from Obesity and our other obesity awareness and fundraising initiatives.

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