JANUARY 18-19, 2024


foxwoods resort, mashantucket, ct


Attendees and presenters included prominent bariatric surgeons, as well as specialists in obesity medicine, psychology/psychiatry, nutrition, and numerous other specialties that care for patients with obesity. This conference was also geared toward bariatric coordinators, nurses, advanced practice providers, primary care providers, medical students, and resident physicians. We enjoyed two days of groundbreaking and thought-provoking presentations.


Alyssa Adler, MS RD

Joel Amoakohene

Jennifer Bellamo, RN

Tegan Duque, RN

Filippo Filicori, MD

Neil Floch, MD

Saber Ghiassi, MD

Cornelia Griggs, MD

Carlos Grilo, MD

James Healey, MD

Matthew Hornick, MD

Janet Huehl

Ania Jastreboff, MD

Lee Ann Jimmie, MSN, RN, CPHQ

Jonathan Morton, MD

Jessica Nargi, RDN, CDN

Pavlos Papasavas, MD

Richard Peterson, MD

Connie Santana

Nikhilesh Sekhar, MD

Christopher Still, MD

Darren Tishler, MD

Devika Umashanker, MD

Cassandra Vigue, RDN, CD-N

Andrew Wong, MD

Christopher Doubet Still, DO, FACP, FTOS

Christopher D. Still, DO, FACP, FTOS, is Professor of Medicine at the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine.  He is also the Medical Director, Center for Nutrition and Weight Management; Director, Geisinger Obesity Institute; Geisinger Health System, Danville, Pennsylvania. Dr. Still received a Master of Science degree from Columbia University Institute of Human Nutrition in New York City and his osteopathic medical degree from The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Pennsylvania. He completed his internship at the University of Buffalo at Sisters of Charity Hospital, New York, followed by a residency in internal medicine and a subsequent fellowship in clinical nutrition and obesity treatment at Geisinger Medical Center.

Dr. Still has been studying developments in nutrition, metabolic syndrome, and obesity for nearly 3 decades. His work has included research into genetic markers for obesity; nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, and diabetes; the metabolic differences among obese, formerly obese, and normal-weight men; surgical options for severely obese persons; and leptin-level determination among elderly obese women. He is principal investigator on a rural elderly nutrition and aging study of approximately 22,000 individuals.

Dr. Still is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Obesity Medicine, American Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists, and American College of Nutrition. He is a member of several professional societies, including The Obesity Society, American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and the American Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American College of Nutrition. He served on the board of directors for the Obesity Action Coalition and is the past president of the National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists. He and his program have been featured on CNN, National Public Radio, ABC News, and The Discovery Health Channel. He was awarded the ASMBS Integrated Health Circle of Excellence Award.

Dr. Still has edited the book Nutrition and Bariatric Surgery, the ASMBS Textbook of Bariatric Surgery, Volume 1, as well as authored multiple textbook chapters.  He has published articles in several journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, Obesity, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Lancet Endocrinology, Annals of Surgery, Gastroenterology, Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, Surgery for Obesity and Related Disorders, and Human Molecular Genetics. He has lectured on topics such as vitamin and mineral metabolism; diet, nutrition, and exercise; obesity through the life cycle; and perioperative medical and nutritional management of the bariatric surgery patient.