C. Daniel Smith, MD, Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of General and GI Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, is one of 10 surgeons invited to serve on a committee that will set quality standards for bariatrics - or weight loss - centers across the nation.
The American College of Surgeons recently initiated a Centers of Excellence program and established a committee to set standards for the American College of Surgeons Bariatric Surgery Center Network. The committee's Charge is to organize the standards and approvals process for inclusion in the network.
"As obesity levels continue to rise, the demand for weight-loss surgery is continuing to increase," says Dr. Smith, who noted that an estimated 100,000 procedures were performed in the United States in 2003. "With an increasing number of weight-loss surgeries being performed, it is important to set standards to ensure quality and patient safety."
"Serving on this committee is a tribute to Dr. Smith's dedication and expertise in the field of bariatric surgery and the high quality and stature of the Emory Bariatric Center." says William C. Wood, MD, Joseph Brown Whitehead Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine.
The American College of Surgeons is a scientific and educational Association of surgeons founded in 1913 to improve the quality of care for the surgical patient by setting high standards for surgical education and practice.
About The Emory Bariatric Center The Emory Bariatric Center offers education and nutritional counseling, group support, meal replacement programs, pharmacotherapy and several surgical options. The medical programs are individually customized to meet an individual's weight loss goals. For more in the Emory Bariatric Center, please call the Emory Healthconnection at 404-778-7777.