San Antonio Surgeon Dr. Michael Seger Receives PAC Award for Leadership from American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Foundation

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San Antonio surgeon and co-founder of BMI of Texas Dr. Michael Seger recently received the PAC Award for leadership from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation at its annual LEAD Awards luncheon.

“Obesity is an epidemic. There are excellent preventative and treatment options available but more than half of the insurance plans in Texas do not cover obesity treatment," said Dr. Seger. "Being recognized by the ASMBS Foundation is a tremendous honor because I believe so strongly in its mission."

San Antonio surgeon and co-founder of the Bariatric Medical Institute (BMI) of Texas, Michael Seger, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S., recently received the PAC Award from the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Foundation at its annual LEAD Awards luncheon, held in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with Obesity Week.

The ASMBS Foundation’s annual LEAD Awards honor individuals who have shown outstanding leadership and dedication to the field of metabolic and bariatric surgery. The PAC Award is presented to recognize a physician who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to representing the needs of bariatric surgeons and their patients on Capitol Hill and within State Houses across the country.

Earlier this year, Dr. Seger worked closely with Texas Senator Jose Menendez to create and file a bill (Senate Bill 756) that would require group health insurance plans to cover obesity treatment.

“Obesity is an epidemic. There are excellent preventative and treatment options available but more than half of the insurance plans in Texas do not cover obesity treatment. Despite the undeniable evidence of the dangers of obesity and the efficacy of metabolic and bariatric surgery, coverage for treatment is minimal across the United States. I’m inspired daily by the healthier lives my patients are living, which makes it very frustrating when it’s so difficult for many people to have access to treatment,” said Dr. Seger. “Being recognized by the ASMBS Foundation with the PAC Award is a tremendous honor because I believe so strongly in the organization’s mission, and despite recent challenges in moving legislation forward, I remain optimistic that with our continued hard work we will make a difference and help people get access to the treatment they need and deserve.”

Dr. Michael Seger has been a passionate advocate for patient access to obesity treatment for many years. A member of the ASMBS for 12 years, he is president of the Texas chapter of ASMBS. He is the chief of bariatric surgery at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio and has presented articles at national and international meetings on bariatric and laparoscopic surgery. Dr. Seger is also a member of the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Bexar County Medical Society, and the American Medical Association. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Obesity is a multi-factorial and complex disease, which is why BMI of Texas created a unique, comprehensive program to help patients maintain their health and weight long-term. BMI of Texas provides medical and surgical care to patients with obesity and metabolic disease in a supportive, compassionate and guilt-free environment. BMI of Texas helps patients achieve their weight loss goals and improved health through medical weight management and various surgical procedures including gastric bypass, lap band, gastric sleeve, duodenal switch and gastric balloon. Its highly experienced surgeons Dr. Terive Duperier, Dr. Mickey Seger, Dr. Richard Englehardt and the entire BMI of Texas team are dedicated to creating meaningful relationships and experiences with their patients and the community in order to overcome obesity and metabolic disease -- fostering improved health and a better quality of life. Dr. Jennifer Seger heads up BMI of Texas’s medical weight loss program, where she assists patients who want to lose weight and improve their overall health.

About BMI of Texas:
Founded in 2008, the Bariatric Medical Institute of Texas is focused on helping patients achieve their long-term weight loss goals. More information on the practice can be found online at bmioftexas.com.

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