MFA Division of Bariatric Surgery Named Center of Excellence for High-Quality Care In Bariatric Surgery

Nov 05, 2007, 00:00 ET from GW Medical Faculty Associates

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The George Washington
 University Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) Division of Bariatric Surgery
 announced today that it has been named an American Society for Metabolic
 and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. The
 ASMBS Center of Excellence designation recognizes surgical programs with a
 demonstrated track record of favorable outcomes in bariatric surgery.
     According to a report released in 2007 by the Agency for Healthcare
 Research and Quality, the number of bariatric surgeries has grown from
 16,000 procedures performed in 1992 to 170,000 performed in 2005. Faced
 with clinical evidence that the most experienced and best-run bariatric
 surgery programs have by far the lowest rates of complications, the ASMBS
 Centers of Excellence program was created to recognize bariatric surgery
 centers that perform well and to help surgeons and hospitals continue to
 improve the quality and safety of care provided.
     To earn a Center of Excellence designation, the division of Bariatric
 Surgery underwent a series of site inspections during which all aspects of
 the program's surgical processes were closely examined and data on health
 outcomes was collected. The division of Bariatric Surgery and other centers
 receiving the Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence designation agree to
 continue to share information on clinical pathways, protocols and outcomes
     "Due to the increasing prevalence of morbid obesity and the inherent
 risks and the opportunities available to greatly improve the health of this
 patient population, we recognize the need to implement a systematic
 approach to improving quality," said Dr. Paul Lin, Vice Chairman of the
 Department of Surgery and Chief and Program Director of the Division of
 General Surgery at the MFA. "At MFA's Division of Bariatric Surgery, we
 believe that the ASMBS Centers of Excellence program will serve as a
 catalyst, driving strong programs to get even better," said Dr. Frederick
 Brody, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of Minimally Invasive
     Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), an organization dedicated to
 pursuing surgical excellence, formulates and establishes the rigorous
 standards with which the MFA Division of Bariatric Surgery and other
 Centers of Excellence must comply, thoroughly inspects and evaluates each
 candidate for designation, and upon review recommends approval of
 designation for those physicians and facilities whose practices and
 outcomes meet the stringent demands set forth by SRC for ASMBS.
     Obesity has become a significant national health issue, with the
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that 66 percent
 of all U.S. adults are overweight or obese. Morbid obesity is closely
 correlated with a number of serious conditions that severely undermine the
 health of overweight patients, including heart disease, high blood pressure
 and diabetes.
     Bariatric surgery, when performed correctly, can help obese patients
 manage these conditions. By definition, surgeons with ASMBS Center of
 Excellence designations practice only top-quality care, ensuring efficacy
 of the procedure with each patient to the best of their abilities.
     As a pioneering organization, designating Centers of Excellence based
 on top quality care and efficacious outcomes, the American Society for
 Bariatric Surgery, with the help of SRC, is working to align the common
 interests of patients, surgeons, hospitals and insurers, all of whom suffer
 when complications develop after surgical care.
     About The George Washington University Medical Faculty Associates
     The GW Medical Faculty Associates (MFA) is a non-profit, 501(c) (3)
 physician group practice corporation comprising the academic clinical
 faculty for The George Washington University Medical Center. In its sixth
 year of existence, the MFA has grown to include over 300 physicians
 providing medical care in 41 specialty areas. Aside from its expertise in
 patient care, medical education and scientific research, the MFA is leading
 the way to modernize the practice of medicine with the adaptation and
 implementation of technology to improve the patient experience. For more
 information, please visit
     About American Society for Bariatric Surgery
     The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) is the
 largest society for this specialty in the world. Founded in 1983, foremost
 American surgeons have formed the society's leadership and have established
 an excellent organization with educational and support programs for
 surgeons and allied health professionals. The purpose of the society is to
 advance the art and science of bariatric surgery by continued encouragement
 of its members to: pursue investigations in both the clinic and the
 laboratory; interchange ideas, information and experience pertaining to
 bariatric surgery; promote guidelines for ethical patient selection and
 care; develop educational programs for physicians, paramedical persons, and
 lay people; and promote outcome studies and quality assurance. For more
 information about ASMBS, please visit
     About Surgical Review Corporation
     Surgical Review Corporation (SRC) is an independent not-for-profit
 organization dedicated to surgical excellence. SRC's mission is to promote
 the delivery of surgical care with the highest levels of efficacy,
 efficiency, and safety possible. For more information about SRC or to
 download a Center of Excellence application, please visit

SOURCE GW Medical Faculty Associates