The Association for Bariatric Endoscopy – ABE

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The Association for Bariatric Endoscopy (ABE) is a Division of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE). ABE was established to provide state-of-the-art information, education and practice support to gastrointestinal endoscopists, surgeons, and clinicians with a special interest in endoscopic bariatric therapies.


Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies: Position Your Practice for Success
July 20-21, 2018
ASGE IT & T Center
Downers Grove, IL

  • View the ABE Webinar, “Pharmacologic Therapy Of Obesity Integration Into A Comprehensive Care Model” featuring Dr. Shelby A. Sullivan, MD and Nitin Kumar, MD, which aired on March 28, 2018.
  • View the ABE Webinar, “Endoscopic Management of Surgical Complications,” featuring Vivek Kumbhari, MD and Barham Abu Dayyeh, MD, MPH, which aired on December 11, 2017.
  • White paper from ASGE/ABE EndoVators Summit on Obesity gives guidance and direction from top national experts.
  • ASGE/ABE statement on FDA letter regarding balloon procedure
  • FDA issues letter to healthcare providers regarding fluid-filled intragastric balloons (August 10, 2017).
  • Thank you to all ABE members who attended the Annual Meeting on May 5! Check out the ABE Twitter feed to see highlights from the meeting:
  • The recent ABE Webinar, “Recently Approved Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies:  The AspireAssist System and the Obalon Balloon System” is now available for viewing. 


ABE Webinar Presentation, March 28, 2018, Pharmacologic Therapy Of Obesity Integration Into A Comprehensive Care Model

White paper: ASGE EndoVators Summit: Defining the role and value of endoscopic therapies in obesity management

ABE Webinar Presentation, 4/25/2017, Highlights and Takeaways from Thought Leaders: The EndoVators Summit on Obesity 

ABE Webinar Presentation, 4/18/2016: ABE Webinar – Treating Obesity with Intragastric Balloon Therapies

ABE Webinar Presentation, 3/21/2016: ABE Webinar – The Business Side of Intragastric Balloon Therapy

ASGE/ABE press releases:

Association for Bariatric Endoscopy Promotes Education and Best Practices (May 20, 2016)

New endoscopic, non-surgical bariatric options show promise for treating obesity (August 2015)

Papers and Guidelines:

A Pathway to Endoscopic Bariatric Therapies

ASGE position statement on endoscopic bariatric therapies in clinical practice [.pdf]

ASGE Bariatric Endoscopy Task Force systematic review and meta-analysis assessing the ASGE PIVI thresholds for adopting endoscopic bariatric therapies (August 2015)


Members of ABE will receive advance notification of ASGE courses on bariatric endoscopic therapies at Digestive Disease Week, EndoFest, the ASGE IT&T Center, and other popular venues. Check back for web updates.

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