The American Society of Bariatric Physicians Spring 2014 Conference: Diagnosis to Treatment—Recognizing Obesity as a Disease

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Medical Methods in Obesity Treatment

This column is dedicated to providing information on the medical management of obesity, which includes diet, exercise, behavioral change, and medication.

Column Editors: Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, Medical Bariatrician/Certified Medical Obesity Specialist/Co-Medical Director, Scottsdale Weight Loss Center PLLC, Scottsdale, Arizona; and Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FAAFP, Medical Director, Medical Weight Loss of NY, BOUNCE Program for Childhood Obesity, Fayetteville, New York; Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, New York

This Month: The American Society of Bariatric Physicians Spring 2014 Conference:
Diagnosis to Treatment— Recognizing Obesity as a Disease

by Heidi Gordon, CAE, Director of Marketing & Communication, American Society of Bariatric Physicians, Aurora, Colorado.

FUNDING: No funding was provided for this article.

FINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: Ms. Gordon reports no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article.

Bariatric Times. 2014;11(2):16.

The American Society of Bariatric Physicians (ASBP) will host its next conference, Diagnosis to Treatment: Recognizing Obesity as a Disease, March 12 to 16, 2014, at the Loews Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Whether you are interested in obesity medicine certification, nutrition, and metabolism-specific education or simply increasing your knowledge of the exciting field of obesity medicine, this conference will have something for you—including the opportunity to network with more than 500 obesity medicine-focused healthcare providers and to earn up to 30 hours of continuing medical education (CME).

Obesity Medicine Certification Review Course
CME: 12.5 hours
Date: Wednesday, March 12 to Thursday, March 13, 2014
Overview: Provides preparation to those planning to take the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM) certification exam. Physicians preparing for the ABOM exam should attend this course, as well as physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants interested in incorporating obesity medicine as part of an existing practice.
Note: The entire Diagnosis to Treatment conference offers up to 30 hours of CME, which fulfills the live conference attendance requirement on the ABOM exam application.
Course Highlights:
•    Childhood & Adolescent Obesity (Dr. Wendy Scinta)
•    The Adipocyte (Dr. Eric C. Westman)
•    Endocrine (Dr. Jeffrey Sicat)
•    Pharmacotherapy (Dr. Ayaz Virji)

Nutrition & Metabolism Society Symposium
CME: 7.5 hours
Date: Thursday, March 13, 2014
Overview: Provides specific education about carbohydrate-restricted diets as a treatment modality. Visit for an informational note about this symposium, which is presented by ASBP in cooperation with the Nutrition & Metabolism Society.
Course Highlights:
•    The First Low-Carbohydrate Scientific Revolution (Dr. Jay Wortman)
•    Carbohydrate Restriction and Exercise (Dr. Stephen D. Phinney)
•    The Cell Biology-Insulin-Cancer Connection (Dr. Eugene J. Fine)
•    Update from Sweden Regarding Low-carbohydrate, High-fat Diets (Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt)

Obesity: Diagnosis to Treatment Course
CME: 17.5 hours
Date: Friday, March 14 to Sunday, March 16, 2014
Overview: Provides a wide selection of plenary sessions focused on trending topics in obesity medicine. Established and emerging obesity physicians, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants should attend this course.
Course Highlights:
•    Dietary Priorities for Preventing Obesity & Improving Metabolism (Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian)
•    Exercise Pearls: How & Why to Get Your Patients to Exercise (Dr. Ralph Carson)
•    What’s New with the Affordable Care Act (Dr. Thomas McKnight)
•    Using Generic Drugs in the Treatment of Obesity (Dr. Frank Greenway)
•    Obesity Algorithm™, presented by ASBP, Keynote Lecture (Dr. Harold Bays)

If you are thinking about attending an ASBP conference for the first time, please consider being part of the conference mentorship program. Seasoned and emerging obesity medicine specialists can make connections and share advice about obesity treatment options and professional development. Visit to learn more and then select your interest on the conference registration form.

Visit or download a copy of the complete preliminary program to learn more about individual course topics, speakers and sessions. Visit for online registration or download a printable registration form (

Early conference registration rates end Friday, February 14, 2014. Please consider making your hotel reservation for the Loews Philadelphia Hotel by February 17, 2014 to take advantage of the special room rates, which start at $179 (+tax).
Want a sample of the education offered before you decide to attend? Visit to watch a lecture from a past ASBP conference.

The ASBP ( is the leading association for clinical physicians and other providers dedicated to the comprehensive medical treatment of patients affected by obesity and associated conditions. Many ASBP-member physicians also hold certification from the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM). In 2013, the Society introduced the first-ever comprehensive algorithm that navigates the physician’s role in medically treating and caring for patients affected by obesity. Physicians may download a free copy of the Obesity Algorithm™ guide at

The ASBP sends special thanks to Bariatric Times for being the exclusive media sponsor of the Diagnosis to Treatment conference.

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