Committee Descriptions

Committee involvement is one of many exclusive benefits of membership and is 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 open enrollment period (Aug. 16-Sept. 29, 2017). Committee members serve on a one-year term, and must re-apply to any committees in which they are involved each year.

To join a committee, complete the committee application below. You must complete a separate application for each committee you wish to join.

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

2016 Accomplishments:
Sent eight members to Capitol Hill to lobby for the passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

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: Carl Knopke, MD
Board Liaison: Nicholas Pennings, DO
Staff Liaisons: Dana Mansell, CHCP, and Lauren Rieck

2016 Accomplishments:

  • Met the ACCME’s gold standard by peer-reviewing 100% of OMA’s educational content
  • Promoted the use of patient-first language among speakers and presenters

*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: Amy Articolo, DO, FACOOG
Board Liaison: Angela Fitch, MD, FACP
Staff Liaison: Rachel Nevers

2016 Accomplisments:

  • Created a brand new set of obesity medicine office forms to help clinicians collect patient information
  • Submitted letters responding to articles about obesity in the media to increase public awareness of medical obesity treatment

*Participants must demonstrate proficiency in writing and are expected to submit one blog or newsletter article per month 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: Wickham Simonds, MD, FOMA
Board Liaison: Krishna Doniparthi, MD, FAARM, FOMA
Staff Liaisons: Rachel Nevers

2016 Accomplishments:
Recruited 67 new members to join OMA at the Obesity Medicine Basics courses

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: Beth Amelon

2016 Accomplishments:

  • Recruited new NP and PA members through e-newsletter articles and targeted outreach
  • Implemented a conference ambassador program to enhance networking among NPs and PAs

Obesity Algorithm® Committee

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

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

2016 Accomplishments:
Revised and released the 2016 version of the Obesity Algorithm, expanding the nutrition and bariatric surgery sections

Organizational Outreach Committee

Engage professional organizations to increase awareness of obesity medicine.

Chairperson: Jennifer Seger, MD, FOMA
Board Liaison: Jeffrey Sicat, MD, FACE
Staff Liaison: Carly Crosby

2016 Accomplishments:
Built professional relationships by sending OMA leaders or speakers to 11 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
Staff Liaison: Carly Crosby

2016 Accomplishments:
Developed and published the Pediatric Obesity Algorithm

*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 Obesity Medicine Ambassadors 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.

*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.

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

Apply to Join a Committee

Committee applications will be reviewed during the open enrollment period (Aug. 16-Sept. 29, 2017). You will be notified of the status of your application prior to the start of the 2017-2018 committee term.

  • By submitting this application, you verify that upon acceptance in a committee, you will actively participate in meetings, conference calls, and tasks as assigned. Please note that submitting an application does not guarantee involvement in a committee; your application will be reviewed by OMA staff and the committee chairperson and board liaison. Depending on the committee, additional application materials may be required.
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