To discuss quality in bariatric surgery as it pertains to improvement in patient outcomes, lowering of health care costs and improvement in the overall patient experience.


  • To learn how to design and implement a quality improvement initiative both in practice and in education
  • To learn about current ASMBS initiatives aimed at national quality improvement
  • To learn through malpractice claims data and cases how quality can be improved.

Risk management in bariatric surgery
8:00am Why Study Closed Claims? Background and value regarding patient safety including the ASA and ACS experiences
John Baker, MD FASMBS
8:20am Overview of the ASMBS Closed Claims Registry Data
Stacy Brethauer, MD FASMBS
8:40am Communication issues- lessons from closed claims; Phone calls, messages, sign outs, standardization of communication processes
Eric DeMaria, MD
9:00am Development of a bariatric surgery risk management curriculum
John Morton, MD MPH FACS
9:20am Break
9:50am De-identified ‘real world’ cases and strategies to reduce risk- Interactive audience discussion using audience polling methodology - with Eric DeMaria and John Morton
Eric DeMaria, MD
Quality and quality improvement
10:30am QI projects- how to design, implement, and measure results
Shanu Kothari, MD
10:45am Integrating quality into fellowship training
Corrigan L Mcbride, MD
11:00am Patient satisfaction- is it quality?
Anthony Petrick, MD FASMBS
11:15am Quality certification- Developing an ASMBS certificate
Jon C Gould, MD
11:30am Panel and audience Q&A
12:00pm Lunch
Creating a culture of quality: Bariatric surgery accreditation - MBSAQIP
1:30pm Creating a culture of quality
Matthew Hutter, MD MPH FASMBS
1:50pm Overview of MBSAQIP Quality Improvement process
Amy Robinson-Gerace, BM
2:10pm Overview of QI tools
Anthony Petrick, MD FASMBS
2:30pm Team culture for success
Teresa LaMasters, MD FACS
2:50pm The ASMBS national care pathway for sleeve gastrectomy
Dana A Telem, MD
3:10pm Break
3:40pm Enhanced recovery in bariatric surgery
Stacy Brethauer, MD FASMBS
4:00pm DROP- Reducing readmissions through a national QI initiative
John Morton, MD MPH FACS
4:20pm Improving quality and patient safety via national initiatives- what’s next?
Samer Mattar, MD
4:40pm Panel Q&A
5:30pm Adjourn