Major Health Stakeholders Hold National Summit to Improve and Better Coordinate Care for Obese Patients

PR Newswire—October 6, 2014

Representatives from more than 20 major health and medical organizations -- from family physicians, heart specialists and endocrinologists to orthopedic and bariatric surgeons – convened for a summit in Chicago to begin discussions about how health professionals can better collaborate on providing care to individuals affected by obesity.
Summit attendees discussed current guidelines on obesity prevention and treatment, opportunities for collaboration between medical specialties, and the need to develop a continuum of care for obesity, among other topics.
"In many ways, we're all treating the same disease, yet there is a tendency to operate in silos," said Michael Parks, MD, Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery, who represented the AAOS at the summit. "We have to come together to intervene sooner and more effectively in the disease process."

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