Our Main Event will feature battles of bariatric surgery superstars showing off their best moves and fancy surgical footwork to avoid and treat complications, discuss controversial topics and perform outstanding primary and revision procedures. All of this in a boxing ring.

This is an interactive event. The presenter, panel of judges and referees will discuss, debate and interact with the audience and you will vote for your favorite.

There will be an opportunity to "bet" on your favorites during the session. The Grand Champion will be determined by how much money is raised during voting. All funds raised will go to the ASMBS Foundation.


8:00am Sleeve leak -> e-vac vs Stent
Matthew Kroh, MD FASMBS
8:00am Sleeve leak -> e-vac vs Stent
Jason Kempenich, MD
8:15am Voting
8:20am Linear Stapled vs Circular stapled Anastomosis
Eric DeMaria, MD
8:20am Linear Stapled vs Circular stapled Anastomosis
Jason Johnson, DO
8:35am Voting
8:40am Band Conversion to Bypass
Rachel Moore, MD FACS FASMBS
8:40am Band Conversion to Bypass
Rami Lutfi, MD FACS FASMBS
8:55am Voting
9:00am Intragastric balloon vs Band
Aurora Pryor, MD FASMBS
9:00am Intragastric balloon vs Band
Bradley F Schwack, MD
9:15am Voting
9:20am RYGB vs DS for Diabetes
Michel Gagner, MD
9:20am RYGB vs DS for Diabetes
Phillip R Schauer, MD FACS
9:35am Voting and announce first session winner
9:45am Break for ASMBS Presidential Address
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm DS vs Loop DS
Vivek N Prachand, MD
1:30pm DS vs Loop DS
Daniel R Cottam, MD
1:45pm Voting
1:50pm Gastric bypass routine mesenteric defect closure vs no closure
Raúl Rosenthal, MD
1:50pm Gastric bypass routine mesenteric defect closure vs no closure
Mystery Opponent
2:05pm Voting
2:10pm Sleeve vs RYGB for patients with pre-op GERD
Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS
2:10pm Sleeve vs RYGB for patients with pre-op GERD
Carl M Pesta, DO
2:25pm Voting and announce second session winner
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Pre-Op EGD or Not
Edward Felix, MD FASMBS
3:00pm Pre-Op EGD or Not
Helmuth Billy, MD
3:15pm Voting
3:20pm Leak Test vs None
Scott Cunneen, MD
3:20pm Leak Test vs None
Matthew J Martin, MD
3:35pm Voting
3:40pm Small Bougie vs Big Bougie
Matthew Brengman, MD
3:40pm Small Bougie vs Big Bougie
David Provost, MD FASMBS
3:55pm Voting
4:00pm Buttress vs No Buttress Sleeves
Dana A Telem, MD
4:00pm Buttress vs No Buttress Sleeves
Matthew Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
4:15pm Voting
4:20pm Robot vs No Robot
Todd D Wilson, MD FACS
4:20pm Robot vs No Robot
Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS
4:35pm Voting
4:40pm Crowning of grand champion!
5:15pm Adjourn