News and Notes from the December 2020 Issue

| December 1, 2020

by John M. Morton, MD, MPH, MHA, FACS, FASMBS, ABOM

Clinical Editor of Bariatric Times; Vice-Chair of Quality and Division Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Yale School of Medicine in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dear Friends and Readers,

Welcome to the December 2020 issue of Bariatric Times! I hope everyone enjoyed Thanksgiving safely. As we close out another successful year, I will outline the content in this issue of BT.

First, we present a brief review from Drs. Marina Kurian and Flavia Carvalho Silveira on the benefits of medical weight loss in a surgical practice. They outline the weight loss medications that are currently available and provide a brief history of obesity medicine as a whole.

Next, Donna Vanderpool provides Part 2 of her Risk Management column titled “Navigating the ADA­—What Clinicians Need to Know: Part 2.” In this part, she focuses on patients with mobility impairments, visual impairments, and service animals.

After that, we provide an update from the ASMBS Foundation, which highlights the winner of the National Walk from Obesity fundraising event with an interview with the champion.

Following that, Patton et al present original research titled “Retrospective Analysis of a Dedicated Care Pathway for Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in an Integrated US Healthcare System Demonstrates Support of Weight Management and Improved ALT.” We continue to highlight articles that discuss the important intersection of NAFLD and obesity/weight management.

We also have our regular columns as we always do—in Raising the Standard, Pechman et al write about the future of artificial intelligence in surgery, and in Medical Methods in Obesity, the column looks ahead at where obesity medicine stands heading into 2021. Dr.  Walter Pories also provides another illustration for our Cartoon Corner.

Thank you for reading this month’s issue of BT, and as always we welcome your feedback, as well as manuscript submissions for potential publication!



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