The Excellence in Nutrition Award honors an ASMBS member who has made significant contributions to pre-operative and/or post-operative nutrition. Those contributions include original research specific to nutrition, novel approaches and/or protocols that maximize patient adherence, educational programs, etc. This individual clearly understands how both pre and post-operative nutrition compliments a surgical procedure to optimize post-operative health.

  • 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 will evaluate the award nominees and identify an award recipient. The name of the ASMBS member making the nomination will remain anonymous to the ASMBS Foundation BOD. To help identify the most qualified recipient the ASMBS Foundation Board will seek input from the ASMBS Executive Council and the Integrated Health Executive Council. The comments collected will remain anonymous.

No information about the outcome of the Board of Director’s decisions can be provided prior to the official announcement of the award recipients. The Board of Director’s decision is final.  Application-specific feedback will not be provided.

Previous Excellence in Nutrition Award Recipients

Jane Sylvestre, RDN, LDN
Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Care New England
Warwick, RI

Awarded November 2018
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage

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Nina Crowley, PhD, RD, LD
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC

Awarded November 2017
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage

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Susan M. Cummings, MS, RD
Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center
Boston, MA

Awarded November 2016
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage

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Cynthia K. Buffington, PhD
Florida Hospital Celebration Health
Celebration, FL

Awarded November 2015
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage

Kimberley Steele, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Center for Bariatric Surgery
Baltimore, MD

Awarded November 2014
Award sponsored by Bariatric Advantage