11th Annual MBS Meeting


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Meeting Location:

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
1000 E Beltline Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525

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Meeting Hotel:

JW Marriott Grand Rapids
235 Louis St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503


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Meeting Agenda



7:00-7:50 AM
Registration and Breakfast
7:50-8:00 AM
Oliver Varban, MD MBS, Vice President
Opening Remarks

8:00-8:25 AM

James Foote, MD

Bariatric Surgery: Before and After

8:30-8:55 AM
Ali Tavakkoli, MD
Bariatric Research: Using Science to make Surgery even Better

9:00-9:25 AM

Dan Azagury, MD

Innovations in Bariatric Surgery

9:30-10:00 AM
Morning Break with Exhibitors

10:00-10:25 AM
Lora Grabow, LMSW and Sarah Albano
Sisters and a Sleeve: Building a Patient Support System for Better Post-Op Outcomes

10:30-10:55 AM
Kristen Votruba, PhD
Neuropsychological Evaluation and Psychological Functioning in Bariatric Surgery Candidates

11:00-11:50 PM
Samer Mattar, MD
President ASMBS Keynote speaker
Current Agenda of the ASMBS

12:00-1:00 PM
Lunch

1:00-1:25 PM
Karen Flanders, MSN, ARNP, CBN
ERAS for Bariatric Surgery

1:30-1:55 PM
Rachel Moore, MD
Bariatric Surgery for BMI 30-35

2:00-2:30 PM
Afternoon Break with Exhibitors

2:30-2:55 PM
Allison Schulman, MD MPH
Endoscopic Management of Complications after Bariatric Surgery

3:00-4:00 PM
Multidisciplinary Panel: Review of Complex Cases

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Meet the Speakers


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Samer Mattar, MD
Bariatric Surgeon
Swedish Weight Loss Services, Seattle, WA
President, American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS)


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Karen Flanders, MSN, ARNP, CBN
Mass General Weight Center, Boston, mA
President, Integrated Health American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgeons (ASMBS)


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 Ali Tavakkoli, MD
Bariatric Surgeon
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School
Co-Director, Center for Weight Management and Metabolic Surgery
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA  


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Dan Azagury, MD
Bariatric Surgeon
Assistant Professor, Stanford University
Assistant Director, Stanford Biodesign Program
Sanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA


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Allison Schulman, MD, MPH
Gastroenterologist, Advanced Endoscopy
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI


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James Foote, MD
Bariatric Surgeon
Past President of the Michigan State Chapter of the ASMBS
Spectrum Health Bariatric Surgery, Grand Rapids, MI


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Rachel Moore, MD
Bariatric Surgeon
ASMBS State Chapters Committee President
Founding President of the Louisiana State Chapter of the ASMBS
Moore Metabolics, Metairie, LA


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Lora Grabow, LMSW
Bariatric Psychologist
Grand Health Partners, Grand Rapids, MI


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Kristen Votruba, PhD
Clinical Neuropsychologist
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Michigan Medicine, Ann Arbor, MI


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