This course is designed for bariatric physicians and surgeons, pharmacists, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, and other clinical personnel involved with pharmaceutical care of the bariatric surgery patient.


  • Address specific safety issues with anti-obesity medications.
  • Discuss optimal management of diabetes medications pre and post-bariatric surgery. *Highlight best blood glucose management strategies to achieve optimal balance between safety and efficacy utilizing patient case studies.
  • Identify current trends in psychiatric medication use pre and post bariatric surgery and provide clinical practice recommendations.
  • Evaluate new data on absorption, utilization, and pharmacokinetic impact of bariatric surgery on acid reducing medications and selected antibiotics.

8:00am Welcome and Introduction
8:05am Quick Bites: Clinical Practice Hot Topics in Bariatric Surgery & Pharmacology
April Smith, PharmD
8:15am Safety of Anti-Obesity Medications
Dhiren K Patel, PharmD CDE BC-ADM BCACP
8:45am Golden Age of Diabetes: Preparing, Transitioning and Troubleshooting Management in Bariatric Surgery
Scott Monte, PharmD
9:30am Break
10:00am Quick Bites: Research Gaps in Bariatric Surgery & Pharmacology
Kristine J Steffen, PharmD PhD
10:10am Psychiatric Medications in Bariatric Surgery Patients: Trends & Recommendations
Molly Orcutt
10:50am Acid-Reducing Medications in Bariatric Surgery Patients: Trends & Recommendations
Farnaz Fouladi, PharmD
11:10am Antibiotic Absorption post Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Diana Langworthy, PharmD BCPS
11:40am Panel Q&A and Discussion
12:00pm Adjourn