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 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 Board of Directors. To help identify the most qualified recipient, the ASMBS Foundation Board will seek input from the ASMBS Executive Council and each Committee Chair. 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 Award Recipients

Jaime Ponce, MD

Awarded November 2018

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Natan Zundel, MD

Awarded November 2017

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Ninh T. Nguyen, MD

Awarded November 2016
Award sponsored by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Program 

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

Awarded November 2015
Award sponsored by Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital

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

Awarded November 2014