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Grand Rounds: Adolescent Bariatric Surgery: Is this the answer?


By Mark Wulkan, MD, FACS, FAAP, Bruce F. Rothmann, M.D. Chair in Pediatric Surgery; and Marnie Walston, MD, Medical Director, Healthy Active Living Program , Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

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Objectives (Educational Content) :

1. Describe the eligibility requirements for adolescent bariatric surgery. 2. Identify key components of an adolescent bariatric program. 3. Describe the outcomes of adolescent bariatric surgery.

Target Audience:

General pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, social workers, psychologists, and nurses.

Identified Gap:

Improvements and benefits in adolescent bariatric surgery.

Estimated Time to Complete the Educational Activity:

1 hour

Expiration Date for CME Credit:


Method of Physician Participation in the Learning Process:

The learner will view the presentation, successfully complete a post-test and complete an activity evaluation.

Evaluation Methods:

All learners must successfully complete a post-test, as well as an activity evaluation, to claim CME credit.


Drs. Wulkan and Walston have indicated that they have no relevant financial interests in any pharmaceutical or medical device companies and that this activity was developed independent of commercial interests.

Accreditation Statement:

Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Akron is accredited by the Ohio State Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CHMCA designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM.  Physicians should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


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