Bariatric Surgery Newsletter- April 2011

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Bariatric Surgery Section


April 2011
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Dear Bariatric Section Members,

Greetings from the TOS Bariatric Section!  We have a number of important issues to share with you in this newsletter.  The leadership committee's 2-year terms will end at the annual meeting.  Dr. Adrienne Youdim (our current Chair-Elect) will ascend to the position of Chair in October.  Thus, we are calling for nominations for Chair-Elect.  Please email our Secretary/Treasurer, Leslie Heinberg. If you are interested in serving or would like to nominate a colleague.  Nominations need to be received by May 2, 2011.

As a reminder, our Section's website has been launched.  Please visit it at  Past newsletters may be found at this site.  Listservs are under development and will hopefully be available in late spring/early summer.


We look forward to comments, suggestions and ideas for future topics for next publication of Bariatic Surgery Newsletter.


We will be holding our annual Section meeting, Tuesday, Oct. 4 from 12:15 - 2:15pm.  As we had last year in San Diego, we are working on an interactive and exciting agenda for this meeting.  We encourage our members to take advantage of early-bird registration which is currently open (until June 30th).  We are looking forward to seeing you in Orlando.


Best Regards,


Phil Schauer

Chair - TOS Bariatric Surgery Section


Adrienne Youdim



Leslie Heinberg




TOS Bariatric Section Program Committee

As previously noted in our newsletter, we formed the Bariatric Section Program Committee (chaired by Lee Kaplan, MD) in response to our membership's feedback.  Greater involvement in TOS programming was chosen as the primary goal last year when we conducted our membership survey.  Based upon the interactive discussion we had at our Section meeting in San Diego, the committee developed 4 symposium proposals that reflected the topics at that discussion.  Further, Dr. Kaplan, in conjunction with the Clinical Management Section submitted a co-sponsored symposium proposal on bariatrics.  Unfortunately, none of the 5 submitted proposals was accepted by the TOS program committee. 


Out of the 36 symposia, debates and key lectures in the preliminary program for 2011, only 2 relate to Bariatric surgery. These include a Key Lecture entitled "Drugs, Surgery, or Behavior: Place Your Bets!" and a Debate entitled "FDA Lowers Indication for Lap Band: Yay! Or Nay!"  However, we do appreciate our member's input and we look forward to turning at least one of our symposia into an engaging discussion for our membership at our Section meeting on October 4th.  We will announce the TOS Bariatric Surgery Section sponsored program in our next newsletter, so stay tuned. If you have any suggestions please send them to our Leslie Heinberg.   


In the News


The International Diabetes Federation recently released a Position Statement on Bariatric Surgery. This statement strongly recommends bariatric surgery be considered earlier in the treatment of eligible patients, to help stem the serious complications that can result from diabetes. The position paper was presented March 28th at the 2nd World Congress on Interventional Therapies for Type 2 Diabetes in New York.


The statement highlights that there is increasing evidence that the health of obese people with type 2 diabetes can substantially benefit bariatric surgery.  The link below provides the full Position Statement. 


For those who may have missed it, Bariatric Times recently published the following review on physical activity guidelines and the impact of physical activity in the post-bariatric patient.


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