Bariatric Times

MAR 2018

A peer-reviewed, evidence-based journal that promotes clinical development and metabolic insights in total bariatric patient care for the healthcare professional

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Society Update 21 Bariatric Times • March 2018 Rainer Lenhardt, MD, member of the Board; Adrian Sultana, MD, Secretary; and Stephanie Jones, MD, immediate past President and current Treasurer, were the speakers on behalf of ISPCOP. We are now planning WCA 2020, which will be held in Prague, Czech Republic. Regarding interdisciplinary collaboration, for the last three years ISPCOP has been designated a Level 2 partner at ObesityWeek, the joint annual meeting of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and The Obesity Society (TOS). Level 2 partnership involves the development and implementation of a multidisciplinary educational or scientific program at the meeting, usually in the form of a panel. ISPCOP provided a Level 2 interdisciplinary panel with surgical colleagues again in 2017, and we hope to repeat this success in 2018. The Obesity Summit, led by Dr. John Morton of Stanford University, provides a platform for collaborative obesity medicine-related efforts from 30 medical specialty societies representing about 500,000 medical professionals. ISPCOP, along with high-ranking ASA officials, has represented the specialty of anesthesiology at these summits that aim to set a framework of medical treatment guidelines and policy for patients with severe obesity. Following review and approval by the Board of Directors of ISPCOP, we endorsed the first Obesity Summit consensus statement for best practices in the medical care of obese patients. In addition to scientific publications in high impact anesthesiology and surgery journals by individual members of the society and their collaborators, ISPCOP members contribute regularly to the Bariatric Times. The ISPCOP Board of Directors (BoD) is an elected, diverse group of international clinicians, experts in obesity anesthesia care with different educational and geographical backgrounds. The society welcomes any medical professional or trainee, including physicians, nurses, and allied health care providers with an interest in the perioperative care of patients with severe obesity, to become involved and join the society. Future plans. Obesity remains a challenge in medical and perioperative care globally. Continued education and evidence-based guideline development are major objectives for the society, as well as the advancement of science in this particular field. As we continue to grow, we are looking to strengthen our international presence at anesthesia and interdisciplinary scientific and educational meetings. We will explore novel meeting formats that might include interactive web- based media and the addition of airway and ultrasound workshops (including airway, gastric, and regional anesthesia) to our meeting repertoire. REFERENCES 1. Sinha A. International Society for the Perioperative Care of the Obese Patient. Bariatric Times. 2011;8(7):11. 2. Twig G, Yaniv G, Levine H, et al. Body mass index in 2.3 million adolescents and cardiovascular death in adulthood. N Engl J Med. 2016;374:2430–40. 3. Aune D, Abhijit S, Prasad M, et al. BMI and all cause mortality: systematic review and non-linear dose-response meta-analysis of 230 cohort studies with 3.74 million deaths among 30.3 million participants. BMJ. 2016;353:i2156. 4. The GBD 2015 Obesity Collaborators. Health effects of overweight and obesity in 195 countries over 25 years. N Engl J Med. 2017;377:13–27. FUNDING: No funding was provided for this article. DISCLOSURES: The authors have no conflicts of interest relevant to the content of this article. ADDRESS FOR CORRESPONDENCE: Stephanie Jones, MD; Email: sbjones@bidmc.harvard.edu. BT Continued education and evidence-based guideline development are major objectives for the society, as well as the advancement of science in this particular field.

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