2020 Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery

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Cancelled: May 31 - June 2, 2020 · The Hotel Emma, San Antonio, Tx 

In light of the growing number of COVID-19 cases across the U.S. and around the world, it has become very clear that cancelling the 2020 Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery, May 31 – June 2, 2020 in San Antonio, Texas is the right thing to do. The potential risks associated with a large gathering as well as the increasing travel advisories and restrictions were certainly considerations, but most importantly, we know that our members are needed in their local communities to help their institutions and patients prepare for and react to the growing COVID-19 spread. The health, safety, and well-being of our attendees, staff, exhibitors, and faculty is of paramount importance.

We have given the situation deep consideration and want to provide all attendees with ample opportunity to manage air travel, hotel reservations, and personal schedules. We also want to respect our clinicians’ need to be available and healthy for their own patients and communities. Preparing for the course involves the time, talent, and dedication of our faculty, exhibitors, and event partners. We’re incredibly grateful for their efforts and deeply disappointed not to be able to hold the meeting as planned. However, we will be planning to hold the Duke Masters of Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery again in 2021. We will provide those details to you when we have the dates and venue secured.

For those of you who have already registered to attend the 2020 Bariatric Masters course, we are grateful for your support of our program. In response to this unique situation, Duke Surgery CME has adjusted its published refund policy and will refund registration fees in full for attendees of cancelled CME activities. No further action is required on your end. We wanted to communicate this decision as soon as it was made; even while we are still working through the logistical implications of the decision. Please allow 7-10 business days for your refund to process.

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we were considering the rapidly changing circumstances as well as the safety and well-being of not just our meeting participants and staff, but their families, colleagues, and patients. Please feel free to contact us directly at dukesurgerycme@duke.edu.

Course Overview

The Duke Center for Surgical Education and Innovation presents the Masters of Minimally Invasive Bariatric Surgery conference sponsored by the Duke Division of Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery. As one of the leading surgery programs in the world, Duke Department of Surgery is currently ranked #4 for surgical medical education by U.S. News and World Report and #3 in NIH funding among surgery departments nationwide.

Join us for an interactive event where you can discuss the technical aspects of the most challenging procedures, share your most difficult cases, and be part of in-depth discussions with our national and international experts.

Statement of Need

This course is designed to address the most recent innovations in endoscopic procedures for bariatric surgery, advanced revisional surgery, metabolic surgery, and the management of weight regain after bariatric surgery. Participants will learn more about the integral role of these procedures in the management of bariatric complications. With an interactive format, participants are encouraged to join the conversation about the most technical aspects of challenging procedures with faculty who are experts in their field during the discussions and panel debates.

Target Audience

This program is designed to meet the continuing educational needs of bariatric surgeons, general surgery residents, MIS fellows, physician extenders, and allied health professionals.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe approaches and technical issues in various bariatric surgery procedures
  • Describe techniques for revision of gastric bypass, sleeve, and banding procedures
  • Discuss options for patients experiencing weight regain after bariatric surgery
  • Explain laparoscopic and endoscopic management techniques for correcting complications
  • Identify new and advanced concepts used to treat obesity and metabolic disease


In support of improving patient care, the Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education and Professional Development is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the health care team.

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Credit Designation

Duke University Health System Department of Clinical Education & Professional Development designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ for those attending the Endoscopy Skills Lab in addition to the full Masters Conference.

Participants attending the conference only can claim 10 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Supported by

Course Director

Dana Portenier, MD

Chief, Division of Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Duke University School of Medicine

Contact Us

Registration Questions:

Duke University Conference and Event Services

Program Questions and Sponsorship Opportunities:

Danielle King, CMP
Program Director, Surgery CME
Office: 919-681-6370