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.


      • Fourth ABE Annual Meeting
        Global Experiences in Endobariatric Therapies: Optimizing Our Technique
        Friday, May 17, 2019
        Complimentary to ABE MembersCourse will be held at the Marriott Marquis San Diego 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101.The hotel is situated on the waterfront the four-star hotel is within walking distance to the best of downtown, steps from the San Diego Convention Center and within walking distance to City Walk, the Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and Petco Park.

        Transportation options from San Diego International Airport: Public transportation, rental cars, taxi service, ride shares and shuttle service. Additional airport information can be found at

      • It’s time to renew your ABE membership! Look for the ABE section on your ASGE membership renewal invoice. Don’t miss out on your membership benefits.
      • View the November 29, 2018 ABE Webinar, The Business Side of Bariatric Endoscopy – Coding and Reimbursement (On-Demand)
        This webinar will provide your practice with a current look into the top coding and reimbursement issues impacting bariatric endoscopy and the tips and solutions for economic survival. Learning how to ask the appropriate questions, working with your institution to obtain coverage for your patients, and providing options when coverage is denied, are the keys to success. Excellent resource for physicians/providers, managers, coders, schedulers, pre-authorization/utilization review coordinators, and clinical staff members.
      • 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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