Thank you for attending the 2013 ASMBS Foundation Annual Event!

Tuesday, November 12th | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
International Ballroom, Omni Hotel at CNN Center | Atlanta, GA
Held in conjunction with the ASMBS 30th Annual Meeting at Obesity Week

The following awards were presented at the 1st Annual L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon:

  • ASMBS Foundation Outstanding Achievement
  • ASMBS Integrated Health Circle of Excellence
  • ASMBS Research Grant Award
  • ASMBS Best Video
  • International Awards Program

2013 Outstanding Achievement Award

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Alan C. Wittgrove, MD, FACS, FASMBS

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. Alan Wittgrove graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy before attending medical school at the University of Missouri at Columbia. Dr. Wittgrove was privileged to experience a progressive surgical residency in the U.S. Navy which included training in laparoscopic and endoscopic procedures.  After completing his residency, he served for 10 years as a naval surgeon.

Alan established a private practice in 1986 in San Diego, California.  He continues that practice, with emphasis in the surgical management of obesity.  He credits his interest in bariatric surgery to Dr. Boyd Terry, an early mentor during medical school. Alan performed the first laparoscopic gastric bypass in the world on October 27, 1993. He has trained many others on his laparoscopic technique and has been course director for numerous bariatric courses.  Focusing primarily on gastric bypass, he has published extensively on his surgical technique and outcomes in bariatric surgery.

Dr. Wittgrove is a past president of the ASMBS and has served as a board member of their Foundation. He is a former executive board member for the ASMBS Centers of Excellence certification program and co-authored the original credentialing guidelines.

Dr. Wittgrove’s vision, insight and intellect makes him eminently qualified to receive this award.

The award will be presented at the 1st annual ASMBS Foundation L.E.A.D. Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, November 12th, during the 30th ASMBS Annual Meeting at Obesity Week in Atlanta.

Circle of Excellence Award

Margaret Furtado, MS, RD, LDN
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.

ASMBS Foundation Research Grant

Kimberley E. Steele, MD
The ASMBS Research Grant Awards program is open to any principal investigator who is an ASMBS member. Awards are conferred on a competitive basis by submission of a grant application that is reviewed and evaluated by the ASMBS Research Committee and approved by the Governing Board. Upon their completion, the results of this project are expected to be presented at the ASMBS Scientific Session, as well as published in SOARD. Funding for the Research Grant program has been provided by the ASMBS Foundation.

International Awards Program

In order to encourage, support and acknowledge those surgeons from tier two and three countries who have overcome financial hurdles to attend the ASMBS Annual Meeting, we have developed the “International Awards Program”. The International Committee will determined the top two podium, posters or video
contributions from those surgeons and acknowledge them with a monetary gift plus waived registration to the ASMBS Annual Meeting.

Presented by: Samer Mattar, MD and Natan Zundel, MD

Marcos A Berry, MD (Chile)
For the presentation entitled: REVISIONAL SURGERY FROM FAILED ADJUSTABLE GASTRIC BAND TO LAPAROSCOPIC SLEEVE GASTRECTOMY IN ONE SURGICAL TIME

Eduardo Del-Villar, MD (Mexico)
For the presentation entitled: PREVALENCE OF ANEMIA DURING THE FIRST YEAR AFTER ROUX-EN-Y GASTRIC BYPASS (RYGB)

ASMBS Best Video Award

Presenter/first author of video will be selected from among all video abstract presentations to receive a monetary gift and certificate based on the excellence of their video presentation on their selected topic in the field of bariatric surgery.

Presented by: Shanu Kothari, MD

Cyrus Moon, MD
For the presentation entitled: STAGED CONVERSION OF A DISTAL ROUX-EN-Y GASTRIC BYPASS TO A DUODENAL SWITCH FOR WEIGHT LOSS FAILURE AND DIARRHEA

Cyrus Moon, MD; Saber Ghiassi, MD, FACS, MPH; Keith B. Boone, MD; Kelvin Higa, MD, FACS, FASMBS

Sponsors

Silver: 

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 Ethicon-endo

Bronze:

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