Welcome to The Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)

The Georgia Chapter continues to seek legislative relief for the lack of coverage for bariatric surgery in the State Health Benefit Plan. This is the primary focus of the GA Chapter’s advocacy and access to care efforts.

Access to care for Georgia patients will remain a top priority for the chapter, including the restoration of the insurance benefit covering bariatric surgery for Georgia’s state employees, retirees and teachers.


To promote the interchange of ideas, information and experience among bariatric surgeons, to promote improved perioperative and long-term care of patients and reduce patient risk, and to encourage and foster education and educational programs for the physicians, lay people and paramedical persons involved in the care of bariatric surgical patients.

Become a Fellow

ASMBS is accepting Fellow and International Fellow applications. Review the requirements for more information.

Advocacy in Action
Obesity Care Awareness Day in GA
February 4, 2020.

Upcoming Events

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You must be an ASMBS member to join the ASMBS Georgia State Chapter. Chapter dues are collected by the national Society. When you pay your yearly ASMBS dues you will automatically be prompted to pay your yearly chapter dues.

Twitter – @GAASMBS

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@reneehilton30: The medical students are back!!! I had 3 all morning and have never enjoyed the entourage more...I think they are actually trying to ditch me at this point #medtwitter #MedSchool #SurgEd #excitedattending https://t.co/zSR3sp4g17
Return to Elective Surgery: A Road Map - General Surgery News https://t.co/oqT9ZxxcAC
Social Distancing Guidelines Won't Be Extended: Trump | Time https://t.co/g4kC1mwdkg
Health Care Workers Fighting Pandemic Worry For Their Own Mental Health : Shots - Health News : NPR https://t.co/u5HbLWPZ69
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@PSchauerMD: High prevalence of obesity in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus‐2 (SARS‐CoV‐2) requiring IMV. Important for patients suffering from obesity. https://t.co/DGpBjoLpSx ⁦@PBRCNews⁩ ⁦@ASMBS⁩ ⁦@NeilFlochMD⁩ ⁦@WorldObesity⁩ https://t.co/GkrisYHJOG
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@JaimePonceMD: 1/3 Obesity May Increase Mechanical Ventilation Risk in #COVID19. Patients with BMI >35 had 7-fold greater risk for invasive mechanical ventilation than patients with BMI < 25 https://t.co/SPY8wqgJDK @ASMBS @IfsoSecretariat @ObesitySociety https://t.co/nOaeaYGMK4
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@JaimePonceMD: 3/3 ACE-2 have been shown to be higher in adipose than in lung tissue. ACE-2 is believed to be the receptor for entry of #COVID19 into host cells. Individuals with obesity have an increased number of ACE2‐expressing cells. https://t.co/CUuXAwM102 @ASMBS @IfsoSecretariat https://t.co/riqHawWepF
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@JaimePonceMD: 2/3 Abdominal obesity is associated with a chronic, low-grade inflammation. It could impair immune response and negatively affect lung parenchyma and bronchi. This could explain some of the increase risk of obesity with #COVID19 https://t.co/SPY8wqgJDK @ASMBS @IfsoSecretariat
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@holguinf01: Largest US Study of COVID-19: Obesity Single Biggest Chronic Factor. Study of 4,000 patients in NY identifies obesity as a major independent risk factor for severity in COVID patients. https://t.co/SU6VN03Bn0
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@SAGES_Updates: Notes from the Battlefield - April 6, 2020: Summary includes information about PPE, SOP for screening patients, "cytokine storm", COVID-19 in the GI Tract, and an update from Italy.

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Contact Us

Georgia Chapter, American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS)
1740 Hudson Bridge Road, Suite 1224
Stockbridge, GA 30281