Master Educator Award

//Master Educator Award
Master Educator Award 2017-01-03T14:42:29+00:00

The Master Educator Award recognizes an ASMBS member who has demonstrated excellence as a master educator and mentor in the field of Bariatric Surgery. In addition to recognized skills as an excellent educator, recipients of this award will have made significant contributions (one or several) in: educational leadership, curriculum development, education research, and participation in national educational meetings, educational publications in peer review journals, creation of innovative teaching programs and the development of CME programs, educational software, or videotapes.

  • Award nominees must be members of the ASMBS.
  • Nominations will only be accepted from members of the ASMBS
  • Self-nominations are welcome
  • Members of the ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors are not eligible (see list of Board members)
  • Previous award recipients are not eligible

The ASMBS Foundation Board of Directors and the presenting sponsor will evaluate the award submissions and identify an award recipient. The Board of Director’s decision is final. The Board of Directors will not consider incomplete nominations. No information about the outcome of Board of Director’s decisions can be provided prior to the official announcement of the award recipients. Application-specific feedback will not be provided.


Ninh T. Nguyen, MD, FACS, FASMBS
Irvine Medical Center, University of California
Orange, California

Award sponsored by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program 

Dr. Nguyen is currently Chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery, and Interim-Chair for the Department of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine.

Dr. Nguyen received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas. He completed his general surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center, Miami Beach, Florida. He then completed a fellowship in surgical oncology and a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery, both at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Nguyen’s areas of interest include minimally invasive gastroesophageal and bariatric surgery. He is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES), the Pacific Coast Surgical association, and the American Surgical Association. In 2002, Dr. Nguyen received the Golden Scope Young Researcher Award from SAGES in 2002, in recognition of significant contribution to research in laparoscopic surgery.

Dr Nguyen is the past President for the ASMBS and the North American Chapter of the International federation for Surgery of Obesity. He currently serves as the ASMBS representative on the Gastrointestinal Surgery Advisory Council of the American Board of Surgery. He is on the editorial board for Journal American College of Surgeons, Surgical Endoscopy, Surgery for Obesity and Related Disease, and Annals of Surgery. He has been the principal investigator on numerous research grants and has published more than 275 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Previous Master Educator Award Recipients

SchirmerBruce Schirmer, MD, FACS
University of Virginia Health System
Charlottesville, VA

Awarded November 2015
Award sponsored by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital

John-DixonJohn Dixon, MD, PhD
Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Awarded November 2014