ASMBS Foundation Event

Thursday, June 21th | 7:00pm – 9:00pm | Indigo Ballroom | Hilton San Diego Bayfront

You are cordially invited to the ASMBS Foundation’s 15th annual fundraising event “Celebration of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery.”

Join friends and colleagues for a post-meeting extravaganza of dinner, live musical entertainment, dancing, casino games, the chance to win some great prizes and a celebration of accomplishments.

Recipients of the ASMBS Foundation’s prestigious Outstanding Achievement Award and the ASMBS Integrated Health Circle of Excellence Award will be honored during the dinner program.

Ticket Cost: $125
You may purchase your ticket when registering or at
Ticket includes ASMBS AfterDark, where the ASMBS comes alive!

Recommended Attire for this event is “Black & Bling” or Cocktail

Sponsorship and Advertising Opportunities 
The Foundation needs your help to make this a successful event! Industry sponsorship and Program Book advertising are a major way to ensure the success of this special occasion. Click here to get more information about Sponsorship Opportunities

2012 Outstanding Achievement Award

The Foundation is proud to announce the recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award:
Kelvin D. Higa, MD, FACS. Each year, the Foundation honors an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) member who has displayed a selfless commitment to the ASMBS and has made significant contributions to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. Dr. Kelvin Higa has been involved in the leadership of the ASMBS serving as President of the Society as well as its Foundation.  As one of the first surgeons to perform the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass with a hand-sewn anastomosis laparoscopically, this proved to be both a cost-effective and efficient solution to the escalating costs of the surgical procedure.

Dr. Higa serves on the editorial board of several peer reviewed journals and has authored articles concerning the complications and long-term results of bariatric/metabolic surgery.  He is a Clinical Professor of Surgery through UCSF and is active teaching and mentoring residents and fellows while continuing to lecture at many national and international meetings.

Dr. Higa’s main interest continues to be in exploring the boundaries of minimally invasive techniques applied to complex surgical problems, such as revisional surgery.  Dr. Higa currently serves as Director of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery at the Fresno Heart and Surgical Hospital and CEO of Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Associates, Medical Group.

The award will be presented at the annual ASMBS Foundation Event titled, “Celebration of Excellence in Bariatric Surgery” on Thursday, June 21, 2012 during the 29th ASMBS Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.

2012 Circle of Excellence

Each year during the ASMBS Annual Meeting, the Integrated Health Chair presents the Circle of Excellence Award 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.

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