ASMBS Integrated Health Keynote Speaker

TUESDAY, Nov 5, 1:30 pm

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the session, the learner should be aware of:
The different types of metabolic surgery and outcomes
The challenges of selection, evaluation, perioperative care as well as the management of early and late complications
The organization and potential certification process for metabolic centers


Walter Pories, MD FACS

Walter J. Pories, MD, FACS, Professor of Surgery, Biochemistry and Kinesiology at East Carolina University (ECU), is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. He received his MD with Honor at the University of Rochester where he also completed his surgical training in general and cardio-thoracic surgery. He served on the faculties of the University of Rochester and Case Western Reserve until 1977, when he became the founding Chairman of Surgery at East Carolina University (ECU), a position he held for 19 years. He is currently the Director of the Metabolic Surgery Research Group at ECU.

Dr. Pories major clinical interests have been in nutrition, pediatric and bariatric surgery. His research interests included the discovery that zinc is an essential element, an observation that led to the improvement of animal feeds, a part of the “Green Revolution” in food production. His work also showed that Zn is essential for healing, protein synthesis and that deficits will inhibit tumor growth. That led to collaboration with the FDA for improved in parenteral and alimentary vitamin/mineral formulations. He was the first to describe the use of suction to promote wound healing and the first to perform a cysterna-chili/vena cava anastomosis for congenital absence of the thoracic duct. He was also the first to delineate the full and durable remission of type 2 diabetes following the gastric bypass. His work has been supported by the NIH for over three decades.

Dr. Pories has served as the President of the Society for Geochemistry and Environmental Health, the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, the Association of Program Directors of Surgery, the North Carolina Medical Board, the Surgical Review Corporation as well as 2 nd Vice President of the American College of Surgeons and Vice President of the Southern Surgical Association. He has also served as the editor-in-chief associate editor on a number of journals. He is the recipient of a number of research honors, including the Goldwater Award in Nutrition, the McGovern Award, the ECU Lifetime Research Achievement Award and the O.Max Joyner Award among others.

He retired from the US Army with the rank of Colonel after 24 years of service with a Legion of Merit and a Presidential Citation for the performance of the regiment under his command in the first Gulf War.

Among his hobbies is cartooning the foibles of academia and trying to make watercolors behave. Dr. Pories lives on a working farm in eastern North Carolina with this wife, Dr. Mary Ann Rose, a professor in the ECU College of Nursing. They have six children, dogs, cats and a variety of livestock including a llama whose job is to protect the goats. In addition to deer, wild turkeys, foxes and a bobcat, there is also a family of bears who roam on the farm’s banks of the Tar River.

ASMBS Integrated Health Presidential Address

TUESDAY, Nov 5, 2:15 pm

Karen Flanders, MSN APRN CBN

Ms. Flanders is the current American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Integrated Health President. She is actively involved with several committees within ASMBS and has recently edited a chapter in the Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice, as well as co-authored the Gastric Band Adjustment Guidelines and Sensitivity Training Recommendations. Ms. Flanders is a metabolic and bariatric surgery coordinator and nurse practitioner with 17+ years of experience in metabolic and bariatric surgery.