Meet-the-Expert

Mon 12:00 PM -- 1:00 PM

Location: Room 30C, Room 30D, Room 30E, Room 31A, Room 31B

Track: CME

Sit down with some of the experts for a casual luncheon to discuss hot topics and new advances in the field of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.

Register soon, seats are limited to 50 participants per topic!
Choose One of the Following Topics:

Improving Access for Bariatric Surgery
- John Morton, MD, FASMBS, FACS

Bariatric Surgery is effective and enduring with proven survival benefit and cost-effectiveness. With 150,000 cases done annually for over 15 million eligible patients, the question remains: How do we improve access to care? Our aims are:

  • Improving Access to Care for the Obese
  • Creating a Continuum of Care for the Obese
  • Tertiary Prevention of Obesity-Related Comorbidities
  • Surgery as a Public Health Intervention – The Halo Effect and Beyond
  • Mainstreaming Bariatric Surgery – How Can We Be Like Every Other Surgery?

Choosing the Right Bariatric Operation
- Michel Gagner, MD, FASMBS, FACS

Is sleeve gastrectomy indicated for all patients? Is there still a role for adjustable gastric band or malabsorptive procedures? Is it better to do gastric bypass for BMI < 50 kg/m2 and DS for BMI above 50 kg/m2? The increasing role of staged procedures, does it represent the future?  Should modern bariatric centers of excellence be able to offer all bariatric procedures?


Management of Bariatric Complications
- Raul Rosenthal, MD, FASMBS, FACS

This session will deal mainly in how to diagnose and treat the most common complications of gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy. We will present difficult cases and hope to have an active participation from the audience.


Primer in Revisional Surgery
- Kelvin Higa, MD, FASMBS

Revision bariatric surgery is high risk, controversial and reimburses poorly – so why do it?  Dr. Kelvin Higa will discuss his approach to this controversial topic with some practical tips regarding surgical technique.


MOC: What You Need to Know
- Bruce Schirmer, MD

The American Board of Surgery, participating in the national trend of all specialty boards to require greater documentation of competence in its diplomates, has determined that to remain certified surgeons must meet criteria for ongoing learning and practice improvement.  This program is required for Maintenance of Certification (or MOC).  MOC has four components.  The first is documentation of good professional standing. The second is documentation of ongoing learning through self-assessment continuing medical education.  The third is cognitive expertise through a written recertification examination (already in place) and the fourth is evaluation of performance in practice, which requires participation in a quality improvement database for outcomes.  This session will focus on MOC for Surgery, with the emphasis on the new requirements for parts 2 and 4.

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