Free Educational Event for Physicians

Thursday, February 28, 2019 from 6:00 - 8:30 PM
West Lake Country Club
3556 West Lake Drive
Augusta, GA

Host Speakers

L. Renee Hilton, MD
Section Chief, Minimally Invasive Surgery
Director, Bariatric Surgery, Center for Obesity and Metabolism
Department of Surgery
Augusta University Medical Center

Rene J. Harper, MD, FACP
Associate Professor, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Department of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta University Medical Center

Berdena McGhee, RD, LD, CNSC
Bariatric Dietitian
Center for Obesity and Metabolism
Augusta University Medical Center


This evening dinner symposium will discuss research on mechanisms of action of metabolic surgery and their RCTs, which explain where such operations fit in the overall treatment algorithm for type 2 diabetes & obesity. It will also cover how new data from those RCTs has led to policy changes pertaining to surgery that are evolving based on recommendations from the Diabetes Surgery Summit 2 (DSS-2) consensus conference.

6:00 PM   Welcome Cocktail and Network Reception
6:30 PM   Welcome and Introductions - L. Renee Hilton, MD
6:45 PM   Diagnosing and Treating Obesity: Pathophysiology of T2DM - Rene Harper, MD
7:05 PM   Diet and Nutritional Treatments - Berdena McGhee, RD, LD, CNSC
7:25 PM   New Guideline for Metabolic Surgery & Practical Treatment Options - L. Renee Hilton, MD
7:45 PM   Panel Discussion - Q&A
8:30 PM   Adjourn

Target Audience

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of Primary Care Physicians, Endocrinologists, Physician Assistants and APRNs who regularly treat and manage overweight and obese patients.

Activity Goal

This activity is designed to address the following core and team competencies: Patient Care and Medical Knowledge.

Learning Objectives


In support of improving patient care, Ciné-Med is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Ciné-Med designates this live activity for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


This activity is supported by an educational grant from Medtronic.

ADA Publication

Download ADA's publication outlining their Standards of Care for Diabetes and the newly extensive section on Obesity (bariatric/metabolic surgery) derived directly from Diabesity Surgery Summit 2 (DSS-2).