Did you know that for the past 17 months, Dr Ponce has served as the 27th President of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery? In addition to treating patients, he has led the largest society for metabolic and bariatric surgery in the world. Last week in Atlanta, GA Dr Ponce gave his Presidential Address, ending his time in this role. Thousands congratulated and thanked Dr Ponce for his dedication to helping not only his own patients, but people around the country and world.
Since first joining ASMBS, Dr Ponce has seen the society’s membership numbers grow from approximately 500 to over 4,000 professionals all dedicated to the treatment of obesity and related diseases. Accomplishments during his term followed the theme of “a new face”. In addition to Obesity Week, the new face of the annual meeting, he highlighted the new mobile app and new website that ASMBS just launched to serve members, patients and the healthcare community overall. He also presided over the launch of Connect, the new online magazine of ASMBS which is available for anyone in the general public to read and learn from. Although ASMBS operates on a national level, the state and local levels of the society are a high priority for Dr Ponce. Throughout his term the state and regional chapters of ASMBS grew in both number and function, to better serve the patients and communities dealing with obesity and the need for treatment. Another accomplishment during Dr Ponce’s term was the finalization of MBSAQIP - which represents the new standard in accreditation for bariatric and metabolic surgery facilities. Accreditation saves lives by putting facilities through a rigorous quality review.
Dr Ponce ended his presidential address by thanking those he works with. He is especially grateful to his practice and hospital staff for their support, and for all his patients for their flexibility during a very busy time for him, and their enthusiasm for the work he has been doing.