Surgeon to lead national bariatric society -Jaime Ponce, MD

Monday, June 25, 2012

 Jaime Ponce, MD
Jamie Ponce, MD

Expert in minimally invasive weight-loss surgery voted president of the 
American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

DALTON, Ga. – Local bariatric surgeon Jaime Ponce, MD, is the new president of the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), the largest society for this specialty in the world, recognizing his leadership and expertise in the field of weight-loss surgery. Ponce is the director of the Hamilton Medical Center Comprehensive Weight Management Center.

Ponce became president at the ASMBS annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

One of the nation's leading bariatric surgeons, he has helped more than 3,000 patients manage obesity and related medical problems through minimally invasive weight-loss surgery. As ASMBS president, Ponce’s goals for the following year include:  

  • The implementation of the National Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Quality Improvement Program that the ASMBS, in collaboration with the American College of Surgeons, has designed to allow all bariatric programs in the country to have quality assessments and improve their outcomes. The major goal of this initiative is reducing complications significantly over the next five years. Hamilton Medical Center will be among more than 700 hospitals that will participate in this accreditation and quality improvement process.

  • Also, in November 2013, a new annual meeting called the Obesity Week will be established becoming the largest congress dedicated to the study of obesity. The ASMBS will co-organize the event in collaboration with The Obesity Society in Atlanta, Ga.

  • And, at the request of some international bariatric societies, the ASMBS will work with them to offer quality initiatives

Ponce practices in Northwest Georgia and East Tennessee region where he was the first to establish a laparoscopic bariatric program and outpatient gastric band program, and the first to perform a gastric band procedure, single-incision bariatric procedure, laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and laparoscopic greater curvature plication procedure. He has been the principal investigator in several FDA-monitored clinical studies, including the Lap-Band® and Realize® Band trials and more recently the ReShape Duo® intragastric balloon study.

In a dedicated bariatric center, surgical weight loss patients are cared for by experienced bariatric surgeons, as well as a medical team including dietitians, psychologists, exercise physiologists and certified bariatric nurses. Patients receive long-term follow-up care and engage in support groups in person.