Newberry, FL – May 13, 2021 – The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Foundation (ASMBS) announced today that PatientPartner, a free digital platform that connects patients waiting for surgery with patients who have undergone the same procedure, is a main sponsor of AWARE, the foundation’s monthly donation program. AWARE supports the foundation’s efforts to raise funds for obesity research and education, and to improve access to metabolic and bariatric surgery, which has long been recognized as the most effective long-term treatment for severe obesity and related diseases.

“We appreciate the financial support from PatientPartner for important research and educational work on the treatment of obesity and the commitment to help patients on their weight loss journey,” said Dr. Paul Enochs, President of the ASMBS Foundation.

“We look forward to supporting the ASMBS Foundation and helping patients expand their knowledge, overcome their fears and gain more control over their lives and health through bariatric surgery,” said George Kramb, CEO of PatientPartner, a San Diego, CA based company. “Working with foundations like the ASMBS Foundation is a huge step for us to continue serving the patient community and we couldn’t be more excited about the next steps.”

According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), metabolic / bariatric surgery has proven to be the most effective and long-lasting treatment for being severely obese, resulting in significant weight loss and resolution or improvement in diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and many others Obesity related diseases. Studies have shown that the safety of laparoscopic bariatric surgery is on par with some of the safest and most widely performed surgeries in the United States, including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, and knee replacement.

Despite the availability of effective treatments, the obesity epidemic continues to grow. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the prevalence of obesity increased from 30.5% to 42.4% from 1999-2000 to 2017-2018.

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About PatientPartner

PatientPartner is a platform that helps patients navigate their surgical path. It turns the daunting surgical process into a positive and calming experience by connecting patients through relatable experiences. PatientPartner offers the first platform that connects preoperative patients directly with fully recovered patients who have undergone the same surgery, often with the same surgeon. This platform is designed to help surgeons, hospitals and device companies build a long-term referral network of patients by creating a unique patient experience. This peer-to-peer patient advocacy platform enables users to learn from real-world experiences and helps patients achieve more successful outcomes through connectivity. Further information is available at http: // www.patient partner.com .

Information about the ASMBS Foundation

The mission of the ASMBS Foundation is to raise funds for conducting research and teaching, increasing public and scientific awareness and understanding, and improving access to quality care and treatment for obesity and severe obesity. The ASMBS Foundation shares the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) vision to improve public health and well-being by reducing the burden of obesity and related diseases worldwide. Further information is available at http: // www.asmbsfoundation.org .

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