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Brazilian obesity society launches Center of Excellence programme

Centers of excellence will highight outstanding performance in Brazilian bariatric surgery
Requirements include surgical experience, volume, critical care support, equipment, pathways, and more

The Brazilian Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery (SBCBM), the world's second-largest bariatric surgery society, has announced the launch of a Center of Excellence Programme for bariatric surgery providers in Brazil. The program, which will be administered by Surgical Review Corporation (SRC), is designed specifically for Brazilian surgeons and their associated hospitals that are full titular members in good standing with the society. 


"The Brazilian Society of Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery is very proud of this joint venture with SRC. It is very important for the future of bariatric and metabolic surgery in our country to work under the Center of Excellence philosophy,” said Dr. Thomas Szego, President of SBCBM. “We will improve our results, decrease our complication rates and even make it easier to discuss reimbursement with the insurance companies. Our work is just beginning, and I am sure it will develop and grow in the following years.”


Designation requirements echo those of the other Center of Excellence programs SRC administers and are verified through a site inspection. The ten core requirements, which were developed in conjunction with leading bariatric surgeons, hospital administrators, health plans, researchers and patient advocates, have been recognised for their universal relevance.

SBCBM and SRC will continue to work together to appropriately tailor the program to Brazilian healthcare providers and ensure compliance with government regulations. 


The ten requirements for SBCBM designation are:


  • Institutional commitment to excellence

  • Surgical experience and volumes

  • Designated medical director

  • Responsive critical care support

  • Appropriate equipment and instruments

  • Surgeon dedication (surgeon applicants must be full titular members in good standing with the SBCBM) and qualified call coverage

  • Clinical pathways and standardized operating procedures

  • Bariatric nurses, physician extenders and program coordinator

  • Patient support groups

  • Process for long-term follow-up, including BOLD.


The official designation bestowed on approved participants is "Centro de Exceléncia em Cirurgia Bariatrica da Sociedade Brasileira de Cirurgia Bariátrica e Metabolica." Each designee also earns an automatic dual designation with SRC's International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery (ICE) program. This is possibly due to the alignment of requirements and processes between the two programs.

The International Federation for the Surgery of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders (IFSO), which represents 40 national associations of bariatric surgeons, endorses SRC's ICE program. 


The society's governing Board has worked to ensure that the SBCBM program reflects the nuances related to the care of bariatric and metabolic surgery patients in Brazil. They initiated their involvement through the Latin American subcommittee of SRC's International Bariatric Surgery Review Committee, which governs SRC's own International Center of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery program.


Truly excellent patient care is the result of both the individual surgeon and the facility at which the surgery is performed. The SBCBM designation is therefore awarded at the same time to the surgeon and their hospital, which enables patients to distinguish providers who have met the requirements for delivering high-quality perioperative and long-term follow-up care.


Surgeons, hospitals and freestanding outpatient facilities performing bariatric surgery in Brazil can initiate their involvement with the SBCBM program by registering on the SRC website. To help guide applicants through the application/portfolio process, SRC offers surgeons and hospitals a free, one-on-one consultation with an SRC Support team member. During this phone call, SRC Support explains how to best prepare for and complete the application to participate in the SBCBM program.


"By partnering with the specialty's leading societies to administer center of excellence programs, we help ensure that safe, high-quality bariatric care is delivered regardless of where a patient lives or chooses to have surgery," said Gary Pratt, Chief Executive Officer of SRC. "The SBCBM program enables Brazilian providers to be further recognized for their achievements in bariatric and metabolic surgery. Designees will join their colleagues across the globe to create a network of excellence where care improvements, patient referrals, and collaborative clinical studies on obesity and metabolic diseases can proliferate." 


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