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Illinois Office of Tourism

Dr. Stephanie Jones (President) and Dr. Rainer Lenhardt (Director) represented ISPCOP recently at the second annual Obesity Summit in Chicago, IL. Organized by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the summit brought together leadership from a wide variety of organizations representing the interests of patients with obesity. The diverse group ranged from clinical societies such as The Obesity Society (TOS), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the American Diabetes Association, to patient advocacy groups (Obesity Action Coalition, American Sleep Apnea Association) as well as insurers, industry, and others. Dr. James Grant and Paul Pomerantz, Treasurer and Chief Executive Officer, respectively, of the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) also attended, lending further credence to the importance of including anesthesiologists in the obesity conversation. Lectures and panels throughout the day opened a dialogue among the participants that will hopefully result in increased collaborative education and research initiatives. We look forward to participating in future summits.