Credit: ASMBS Foundation
Newberry, FL – May 13, 2021 – The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation today announced that PatientPartner, a complimentary digital platform that connects patients awaiting surgery with patients who have undergone the same procedure, has become a premier sponsor of AWARE, the foundation’s monthly giving program. AWARE supports the Foundation’s efforts to raise money for obesity research and education and increase access to metabolic and bariatric surgery, long considered the most effective long-term treatment for severe obesity and related diseases.
“We appreciate PatientPartner’s financial support for important research and education on obesity treatment, as well as their commitment to helping patients throughout their weight loss journey,” said Paul Enochs, MD, President, ASMBS Foundation.
“We look forward to supporting the ASMBS Foundation and helping patients increase their knowledge, overcome their fears and take more control over their life and health with bariatric surgery,” said George Kramb, CEO, PatientPartner, a San Diego, CA-based company. “Working with foundations like the ASMBS Foundation is a huge step for us in continuing to support the patient community and we couldn’t be more excited for what is next.”
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), metabolic/bariatric surgery has been shown to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for severe obesity, resulting in significant weight loss and resolution or improvements in diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea and many other obesity-related diseases. Studies have shown that the safety of laparoscopic bariatric surgery is comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in the U.S., including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy and knee replacement.
Despite the availability of effective treatments, the obesity epidemic continues to grow. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1999-2000 through 2017-2018, the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4%.
PatientPartner is a platform that helps patients navigate their surgical journey. It turns the daunting surgical process into a positive and comforting experience by connecting patients through relatable experiences. PatientPartner offers the first platform that connects pre-surgical patients directly with fully recovered patients who went through the same surgery, often with the same surgeon. This platform is designed to assist surgeons, hospitals, and device companies in building a long-term referral network of patients by creating a one-of-a-kind patient experience. This peer-to-peer patient advocacy platform gives users the opportunity to learn from real experiences and helps empower patients to achieve more successful outcomes through connectivity. For more information, visit http://www.
About ASMBS Foundation
The mission of the ASMBS Foundation is to raise funds for conducting research and education, increasing public and scientific awareness and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment of obesity and severe obesity. The ASMBS Foundation shares the vision of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) to improve the public health and well-being by lessening the burden of the disease of obesity and related diseases throughout the world. For more information, visit http://www.