Obesity care represents a growing need around the world, and the complexity of the disease requires a comprehensive approach. This session will highlight what some of the limitations to appropriate treatment are, and will help participants understand the current landscape. Session will also highlight some of the practice models and how they can impact appropriate care of the patient with obesity

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will understand the current landscape of healthcare access to the treatment of obesity.
  2. Participants will be able to further incorporate the medical treatment of obesity into their practice.
  3. Participants will also understand the value of obesity treatment with respect to reduction of obesity, related health conditions, and improvements in quality of life.

1:30pm Introduction: ASMBS President and OMA President
Marina Kurian, MD FACS FASMBS
Risk Reduction
1:35pm Reduction in Cancer Risk
1:45pm Cost savings of improvements in obesity-related health conditions, reduction in medications and QOL improvements
Lydia C Alexander, MD DiplABOM DiplABLM FOMA
Managing an Epidemic
2:05pm Limitations to Access and Various Methods of Obesity Medicine Care Delivery (FFS, Concierge Models)
2:25pm Disparities in healthcare: access and outcomes
2:35pm Benefit of Remote Patient Monitoring
Sunil Bhoyrul, MD
2:45pm Panel Discussion
3:00pm Adjourn