Bariatric Surgeon, Kelvin Higa, Elected President of IFSO
At Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Associates (ALSA), our team of bariatric surgeons and staff are dedicated to providing our patients with the latest in weight loss surgical procedures and support throughout your weight loss journey. We work closely with bariatric experts both here in the United States and abroad, and we’re proud to announce the election of our own Dr. Kelvin Higa as IFSO President.
As the past president of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) and a current Professor of Surgery in the UCSF-Fresno Medical Education Program, Dr. Higa has worked tirelessly to improve patient care and outcomes for people struggling with obesity. His long list of achievements make him a natural choice as President of the ISFO, a role that he plans to use to help improve patient access to life-saving weight loss surgical procedures and treatments.
Leading the Way in Worldwide Bariatric Surgery
IFSO stands for the International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. This unique, worldwide professional federation is made up of bariatric surgeons from around the globe. There are currently 58 official national member societies in the IFSO, as well as a number of independent members.
The main goal of the IFSO is to improve the treatment of bariatric patients through innovative procedures like the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy (VSG), and Duodenal Switch. Each year, IFSO members meet to exchange ideas, share research findings, and work together to advance the field of bariatric medicine.
As President of the IFSO, Dr. Higa will be chairing the 2017 IFSO World Congress in London, U.K., where specialists from across the globe will meet to participate in lectures, training sessions, and collaborate with each other. One of Dr. Higa’s main goals is to help break down barriers to bariatric surgery for patients, and change how weight loss surgery is viewed by the medical community, insurance providers, and the public.
Seeking to Improve Patient Access to Weight Loss Surgery
According to Dr. Kelvin Higa, IFSO President, there is a “definite genetic predisposition to obesity”, and current “guidelines for deciding who is an appropriate candidate for bariatric surgery need to be updated”.
He explains that “approvals by insurance companies for surgery has been based not on medical need, but on BMI (Body Mass Index)…using guidelines developed in 1991.” As a result, “Both bariatric surgery and aggressive medical treatment for obesity are not accessible to the vast majority of people”; however, “they (insurance providers) will pay for the third coronary bypass surgery or expensive hypertension medications” needed to treat diseases caused by obesity.
For More Information
To learn more about Dr. Kelvin Higa, ISFO President and bariatric surgeon here at ALSA, call or email us to register for a free on-line or in-person seminar led by one of our weight loss surgeons.