Committee Accomplishments

Committee involvement is one of many exclusive benefits of membership and a great way to get more involved, collaborate on projects with other members, and gain leadership experience.

Members may apply to join one or more committees during the fall open enrollment period. Committee members serve on a one-year term, and must re-apply each year to any committees on which they want to be involved.

Advocacy Committee

Strengthen OMA’s advocacy efforts through participation in the Obesity Care Continuum and the Obesity Care Advocacy Network. Advocate for obesity care at the state and federal legislation levels, and assist in the progression of coverage for obesity treatment.

Chairperson: Carolynn Francavilla, MD
Board Liaison: Spencer Berry, MD
Staff Liaison: Rachel Nevers

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Collaborated with partner organizations to develop the Obesity Care Continuum Healthcare Reform Principles to share with legislators
  • Sent members to Capitol Hill to lobby for support for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act and National Obesity Care Week resolution

CME Overview Committee*

Review all aspects of CME activities, from disclosures to actual content to ensure content is evidence-based and free of commercial influence.

Chairperson: Nicholas Pennings, DO, FOMA
Board Liaison: Larry Richardson, MD, MFOMA
Staff Liaisons: Dana Mansell and Lauren Rieck

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Developed the historical archives on the Obesity Medicine Academy, where members have free access to popular presentations from years past
  • Built a comprehensive database to categorize and manage historical data on lectures, speakers, and topics, all of which will help with developing future content

*Upon request, applicants are required to fill out and submit a disclosure form.

Marketing-Communication Committee*

Increase awareness and recognition of OMA and the field of obesity medicine among medical professionals. Implement projects that promote the practice of obesity medicine through provider-to-provider outreach, media outreach, and website optimization.

Chairperson: Anna Welcome, MD
Board Liaison: Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE
Staff Liaison: Rachel Nevers

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Published a series of articles about different evidence-based obesity treatment approaches on the OMA website

*Participants must demonstrate proficiency in writing and are expected to submit at least one blog or newsletter article to OMA.

Membership Committee

Assist in recruiting new members and engaging existing members to increase membership and encourage retention. Enhance the membership experience by promoting current benefits and creating new benefits based on member needs.

Chairperson: Doris X. Munoz, MD, FOMA
Board Liaison: Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA
Staff Liaisons: Rachel Nevers

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Recruited 87 new members at Obesity Medicine Basics courses
  • Created opportunities for members to earn free CME
  • Developed and launched a multi-year membership option allowing members to join or renew for multiple years at a discounted rate

NP and PA Committee

Advance the concept of using specially trained, expert practitioners for obesity and overweight treatment within the medical community and on a local, state, and national level.

Chairperson: Karli Burridge, PA-C
Board Liaison: Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA
Staff Liaison: Dana Mansell and Sara Driscoll

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Developed a webpage on the OMA website with NP and PA testimonials and resources

Obesity Algorithm® Committee

Create and maintain a tool, the Obesity Algorithm, for both members and non-members to utilize for the understanding and treatment of obesity.

Chairperson: Harold Bays, MD, FTOS, FACE, FNLA, FOMA
Board Liaison: Craig Primack, MD, FACP, FAAP, FOMA
Staff Liaison: Rachel Nevers

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Launched the 2017 version of the Obesity Algorithm containing new sections and major updates, including: patient-first, non-discriminatory language; recommendations for setting up your office to accommodate all patients; the “obesity paradox,” where an individual can have excess weight but still be metabolically healthy; the function of hormones; FDA-approved surgical procedures; and nutrient requirements and recommendations after bariatric surgery

Organizational Outreach Committee

Engage professional organizations to increase awareness of obesity medicine.

Chairperson: Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA
Board Liaison: Lydia Alexander, MD
Staff Liaison: Rachel Nevers and Wesleigh Jones

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Built professional relationships by sending OMA representatives or speakers to other organizations’ conferences

Pediatric Committee*

Further the practice of treating pediatric patients with obesity and promote the health of children and adolescents.

Chairperson: Marisa Censani, MD
Board Liaison: Wendy Scinta, MD, MS, FOMA
Staff Liaison: Lauren Rieck

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Launched a webpage on the OMA website with pediatric obesity resources for clinicians and families
  • Provided monthly pediatric research article summaries to members through the weekly e-newsletter and website

*Upon request, applicants are required to fill out and submit a disclosure form.

OTF Development Committee*

Oversee the Obesity Treatment Foundation’s overall fundraising and look for opportunities to help reach fundraising goals and increase revenue, including identifying potential philanthropic, governmental, or corporate sources of funding.

*Committee members are not required to be members of OMA.

OTF Marketing-Communication Committee*

Forward the Obesity Treatment Foundation’s mission and strategic plan by developing and implementing projects that create awareness about its research and outreach activities.

2017 Accomplishments:

*Committee members are not required to be members of OMA.

OTF Research Committee*

Amplify the quantity and quality of clinician-driven, practice-based obesity treatment research. Provide guidance to the Obesity Treatment Foundation’s External Scientific Review Committee about funding priorities for clinical research grants each year, oversee the development of the Obesity Treatment Registry, provide input on resources to include in the research guidance center, and explore opportunities for publishing.

2017 Accomplishments:

  • Accepted proposals for a $15,000 clinical research grant (recipient to be decided)
  • Awarded two $1,000 travel scholarships to clinicians-in-training to attend Overcoming Obesity 2017

*Committee members are not required to be members of OMA.