The mission of the ASMBS Foundation is to raise funds for conducting research and education, increasing public and scientific awareness and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment of obesity and morbid obesity.

  • Raise Funds that directly support critical research and education on obesity, severe obesity, and metabolic and bariatric surgery.
  • Increase Scientific and Public Awareness and Understanding of obesity as a disease and that treatment of obesity and severe obesity can prevent, improve or resolve many metabolic diseases including type 2 diabetes and other diseases including cancer.
  • Improve Access to Quality Care and Treatment for Americans with obesity and severe obesity by eliminating policy, societal, economic and medical barriers that deny people appropriate treatment and support.

The ASMBS Foundation shares the vision of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to improve the public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world.

To learn more about the Foundation and its activities, download our brochure.

Foundation History

The ASMBS Foundation was established through the efforts of the ASBS Executive Council in 1997 spearheaded by Dr. Ross Fox. The ASMBS Executive Council and Dr. Fox had the vision to recognize the need to provide fundraising through charitable gifts, public and private donations to support obesity awareness, understanding and research to advance bariatric surgery and care of the morbidly obese population. As the Foundations first President, Dr. Fox obtained a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation designation.

The ASMBS Foundation, through its fundraising, professional and public awareness initiatives and advocacy, seeks to lessen the health and economic consequences of obesity and support other individuals, groups and organizations in reversing the cycle of obesity and related diseases and ensuring those in most need of treatment and support have access to it.


Foundation Staff

Michael Votta
Executive Director

Randy Slade
Program and Events Director

Foundation Board of Directors

Paul Enochs, MD

Carl Pesta, MD

Rami Lutfi, MD
Past President

Victoria Bruce

Eric DeMaria, MD

Karen Flanders, MSN

Neil Floch, MD

Carlos Galvani, MD

Farah Husain, MD

Matthew Kroh, MD

Saniea Majid, MD

Georgeann Mallory, RD

Richard Peterson, MD

Jaime Ponce, MD

Nate Sann, MSN