Bariatric Times

MAR 2018

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20 Society Update Bariatric Times • March 2018 ISPCOP: An Update on How Far We Have Come in the Past 7 Years by ANUPAMA WADHWA, MD; ROMAN SCHUMANN, MD, FASA; and STEPHANIE JONES, MD Bariatric Times. 2018;15(3):20–21. ISPCOP, the International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient, was originally founded in 2004 and then re-launched in 2010 at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) annual meeting in San Diego, California. Founding members include Jay Brodsky, MD (Stanford University, California) and Adrian Alvarez, MD (Buenos Aires, Argentina). ISPCOP's mission is "to promote excellence in clinical management, education, and research regarding the care of patients with morbid obesity during the perioperative period." This article summarizes the development of the society following our 2011 Bariatric Times report by then President Ashish Sinha, MD. 1 The members of ISPCOP recognize the need for awareness of and education about anesthesia- related issues in patients with morbid obesity undergoing bariatric and non-bariatric surgery, as well as the special physiologic implications for anesthesia and the skill set required to care for this vulnerable population. Patients with severe obesity will be encountered in all practice areas of anesthesiology, including off-site, pediatrics, obstetrics, pain medicine, and critical care. Obesity remains a leading public health crisis, increasing healthcare costs due to weight-related comorbidities, and a high body mass index is strongly correlated with all- cause mortality. 2–4 Since 2010, ISPCOP has had collaborative relationships with its sister societies, the European Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient (ESPCOP), the European counterpart of ISPCOP, and the Society for Obesity and Bariatric Anesthesia (SOBA), which is based in the United Kingdom; all three societies publish a combined online newsletter. The ISPCOP website (www.ISPCOP. net) provides practical, useful, and evidence-based information regarding the care of patients with severe obesity, as well as frequent updates on future obesity-related scientific meetings. The site also allows registration for the annual ISPCOP symposium, usually held in October, in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the ASA. In addition, the history of the society, past meetings, and educational material from past symposia are accessible to members, and prospective members can join online. ISPCOP is currently conducting an Institutional Review Board (IRB)-approved survey study regarding the use of supraglottic airways in patients with obesity and is actively pursuing additional study proposals Following its re-inauguration in 2010, ISPCOP has sponsored an annual scientific symposium, including a distinguished speaker panel each year on obesity-related topics. The symposium has evolved from a standard lecture format to multiple focused short presentation discussions on key issues and new developments in anesthetic care of patients with severe obesity. Prominent international speakers have participated in the symposia, often through collaboration with ESPCOP and SOBA, resulting in a steadily growing attendance. Continuing medical education (CME) credit is provided for each meeting, and one of the ISPCOP board members serves as the program chair. Being mindful of the importance of research related to obesity, the first ISPCOP research award was presented at the 2013 symposium. The symposium now includes a poster review session with awards for the top three submitted abstracts. Despite an increasingly pressured fiscal environment in healthcare, ISPCOP has been able to offer free symposium attendance thanks to generous industry support, and the organization hopes to continue this tradition. The seventh annual ISPCOP symposium at Anesthesiology 2018 will be on October 15, 2018 in San Francisco, California. The theme is "Point of Care Ultrasound in Obesity Anesthesia," and the symposium will include hands-on workshops. More information is available at www. Members of ISPCOP, ESPCOP, and SOBA had a strong presence at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) held in Argentina in 2012 as part of a full-day curriculum track dedicated to education on pathophysiology, perioperative management, and complications related to anesthesia of patients with severe obesity. The WCA 2016 was presented in Hong Kong and included a full day obesity track. Speakers from ISPCOP, ESPCOP, SOBA, and the Society for Anesthesia and Sleep Medicine shared the day. Then President Roman Schumann, MD; Naveen Eipe, MD, VP for Education; Board of Directors ISPCOP officers and Board of Directors • Dr. Anupama Wadhwa, President, USA • Dr. Roman Schumann, Immediate Past President, USA • Dr. Stephanie Jones, Past President, Treasurer, USA • Dr. Adrian Sultana, Secretary, Australia • Dr. Naveen Eipe, Vice President for Education, Canada • Dr. Nafiu Olubukola, Vice President for Research, USA At-large Board of Directors • Dr. Luiz Fernando dos Reis Falcão, Brazil • Dr. Tiffany Moon, USA • Dr. Rainer Lenhardt, USA • Dr. Patrick Ziemann-Gimmel, USA • Dr. Konstantin Balonov, USA • Dr. Angieszka Pietrzak, USA Anupama Wadhwa, MD Norton Brownsboro Hospital Louisville, Kentucky Roman Schumann, MD, FASA Professor of Anesthesiology, Tufts Medical Center Tufts University School of Medicine Boston, Massachusetts Stephanie Jones, MD Harvard Medical School Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston, Massachusetts

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