Industry Sponsored Symposium


Anthony Gonzalez, MD

Sunday, June 17th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Presented by Cadence Pharmaceuticals

Influencing Trends in Medicine: Is the Bariatric Surgeon Ready? Gastric Plication and Genomics

Monday, June 18 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

This activity is jointly sponsored by Medical Education Resources and Consensus Medical Communications.
This activity is supported by an educational grant from Allergan.


Current Status of Bariatric Surgery – Sunil Bhoyrul, MD, FACS, FRCS (Chair/Moderator)

Emerging Surgical Techniques: Plication – Helmuth T. Billy, MD

How Genomics and Wireless Technology Used in Precision Health Care Will Innovate Modern Bariatric Practice – Samir Damani, MD, PharmD, FACC

Faculty Discussion/Audience Q&A


  • Analyze evidence-based literature for advances in the field of common bariatric procedures
  • Examine the safety and efficacy of gastric plication for obesity management
  • Assess the implications of integrating the newest bariatric surgery advances into practice
  • Evaluate the potential role that innovative genetic science and medical technologies play in a bariatric surgical practice

To register for this program, please click on the following link:

Changing the Conversation:  Metabolic Surgery as a Disease-Specific, Medical Intervention

Monday, June 18th | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Presented by Ethicon Endo-Surgery

National thought-leaders in cardiology and endocrinology will provide their perspectives on what the recent New England Journal of Medicine publications (i.e., STAMPEDE & Mingrone studies) mean to metabolic & bariatric surgeons.

As the speakers discuss metabolic surgery as a disease-specific, medical intervention for type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular risk, they will answer the questions:

  • How does the recent data “change the game”?
  • What evidence is important to highlight with cardiologists and endocrinologists in your own communities?
  • “Perspective of the Cardiologist” - Steven Nissen, MD, MACC
    • Chairman, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    • Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University
  • “Perspective of the Endocrinologist” - Ralph DeFronzo, MD
    • Chief, Diabetes Division, University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA)
    • Professor of Medicine, UTHSCSA / Audie L. Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
  • “Perspective of the Metabolic & Bariatric Surgeons”
    • Philip Schauer, MD
      • Chief, Minimally Invasive General Surgery
      • Director, Cleveland Clinic Bariatric & Metabolic Institute
      • Professor of Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University
    • Francesco Rubino, MD
      • Chief, Gastrointestinal Metabolic Surgery
      • Director of the Diabetes Surgery Center
      • Associate Professor of Surgery, New York-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center

Improved Patient Care through Tax Reduction and Lawsuit Prevention

Monday, June 18 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Presented by Legally Mine


H’orderves and Welcome - Steve Comer

Interactive Lecture and Presentation
The presentation is all about proper structuring of medical professionals legal entities (Living Trusts, Family Limited Partnerships, C and S Corps and LLC’s) to accomplish the following:

  • Understanding of correct legal deductions of each entity and correct partnership structuring for lawsuit prevention and tax reduction.
  • Structuring their practice for maximum tax reduction and malpractice protection and prevention.
  • Maintain the focus of their medical practice on improved patient care rather than malpractice defense.
  • Ensure 100% protection of their personal and professional assets from lawsuits through applied risk management.
  • Reduce malpractice insurance costs and taxes.
  • Keep focus on patients (not legal defense, taxes, etc) keeping medical practice costs down.  Keeping patient costs down.

Questions and Answers

Through this course attendees will truly understand exactly how, why and where legal entities should be used for both lawsuit prevention and income tax reduction.  The course is given in plain English and when done most attendees understand the proper use of legal tools for the first time in their lives.

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