This course is designed for bariatric physicians and surgeons, pharmacists, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, dietitians, and other clinical personnel involved with pharmaceutical care of the bariatric surgery patient.


  • Discuss neurohormonal factors involved in the development and maintenance of obesity.
  • Review pharmacotherapeutic options for the management of obesity, including discussion on the use of obesity medications for post-op weight regain.
  • Address the role of pharmacotherapy in the prevention and management of hypoglycemia across the bariatric surgery continuum, including pre, peri, and post-operative care.
  • Review clinical challenges in providing perioperative pain control for bariatric surgery patients and highlight issues through case studies.
  • Stress concerning emerging literature on opioid use following bariatric surgery.
  • Discuss management of nausea and vomiting in the perioperative period and reinforce treatment options through case studies.

8:00am Welcome and Introduction
Kristine Steffen, PharmD PhD
8:15am Neurohormonal Influences on Obesity
April Smith, PhD
8:30am Pharmacotherapy for Obesity Management
Dhiren Patel, PhD CDE BC-ADM BCAP
9:00am Hypoglycemia Prevention & Management
Scott Monte, PharmD
9:30am Panel Q&A/Discussion
9:45am Break
10:00am Perioperative Pain Management Challenges & Strategies
Marjan Sadegh, PhD
10:30am Opioid Abuse/Misuse in the Post Bariatric Surgery Patient
Kristine Steffen, PharmD PhD
10:45am Pain Management Case Studies
Marjan Sadegh, PhD
11:00am Perioperative Nausea/Vomiting Challenges & Strategies
Scott Monte, PharmD
11:30am Nausea/Vomiting Case Studies – Sleeve and Balloon Patients
Scott Monte, PharmD
11:45am Panel Q&A/Discussion