• Participants should learn how to start and build a solid bariatric practice that has the correct elements to provide comprehensive care of the morbidly obese patient
  • Participants will be educated about different ways to have their practice be viable and sustainable economically while providing the best care to their patients
  • Participants should learn from the experts best way to incorporate cash pay procedures, perioperative testing, body contouring and other elements that they may want to incorporate to expand the scope of their practice.

8:00am Introduction by directors. The present landscape and immediate future
Starting a Solid Practice
8:10am Starting a Bariatric Practice, tools you need and how to set yourself for success
Brandon T Grover, DO
8:25am Contract issues, dissecting an employment contract
Shanu Kothari, MD
8:40am How to choose the best job? what matters and what does not
Ashutosh Kaul, MD
8:55am Surviving the first 5 years
Thomas White, MD FASMBS
9:10am Choosing the right corporation for you
Shawn M Garber, MD
9:25am Q&A
9:30am Break
Taking the Practice to The Next Level
10:00am Adding surgeons and allied health. When and how?
Paul Kemmeter, MD
10:15am Steps to turn the practice into an efficient profitable corporation
10:30am Keeping testing and ancillary services in house. Is it good for patient and how to make the economics work
Helmuth Billy, MD
10:45am Partnering with the hospital. How do I get the benefit without losing control
Paul Kemmeter, MD
11:00am Achieving total independence from hospital and build your own!
Thomas Lavin, MD FASMBS
11:15am Endoscopy. Should I start? Or is it better for me to leave by gastroenterologist friend happy?
11:30am Medical Weight Management. Complement of competition
Marina Kurian, MD FASMBS
11:45am Q&A
12:00pm LUNCH
Finances and Protection
1:30pm Cash pay procedures; benefit or a headache
Shawn M Garber, MD
1:45pm Protecting your assets and planning your retirement
Jonathan Blau
2:00pm Liability... strategy to avoid, confront, and live through your first lawsuit
Erin Haltek
Growing, and having fun
2:15pm Social Media. How to use to network and grow professionally
Richard M Peterson, MD MPH
2:30pm Social Media. How do I start and use to optimize my practice
Neil Floch, MD
2:45pm Q&A
3:00pm Break
Debate: Best Way Forward
3:30pm Academic
Aurora Pryor, MD FASMBS
3:40pm Private Practice
Helmuth Billy, MD
3:50pm Employment
Shanu Kothari, MD
4:00pm Q & A
4:15 - 5:00 Private Practice Town Hall - Talk to us. Ask questions and discuss challenges. *moderators subject to change
Moderators: Stacy Brethauer, MD FASMBS; Natan Zundel, MD; Rami Lutfi, MD FACS FASMBS; Eric DeMaria, MD; Samer Mattar, MD; Raúl Rosenthal, MD
4:15pm Private Practice Town Hall - Talk to us. Ask questions and discuss challenges. *moderators subject to change Stacey Brethauer, Natan Zundel, Rami Lutfi, Eric DeMaria, Samer MAttar, Raul Rosenthal
5:30pm Adjourn