Obesity Epidemic and Treatment Options

Des Moines, IA US
April 7, 2016


There is no cost to attend.

Two attendance options:

  • Des Moines University - No registration necessary.
  • Online - click here

Target Audience

DMU faculty, staff, students, residents, and the medical community.


This presentation will review the following case(s):

  • 28 years old African-American obese female has her annual well-woman examination

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the scope of the obesity epidemic and causation of medical diseases.
  • Access the economic impact of morbid obesity.
  • Describe hormone regulation of appetite and why do we get hungry.
  • Identify the role of medical weight loss including medications and results.
  • Discuss the types of obesity surgery.
  • Discuss surgical weight loss results and the impact on various weight related diseases.
  • Evaluate coordination of care including psychiatric, exercise, dietary, and medical.
  • Outline the insurance approval process and national guidelines.   
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.20 IBON
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/07/2016 - 7:00am CDT
Event ends: 
04/07/2016 - 8:00am CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
Olsen Center
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

Todd Eibes, MD, FACS

Dr. Eibes graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine in 1994 and completed his surgical residency in Detroit, Michigan. He began a career in general surgery in Grinnell in 1999. Dr. Eibes began performing weight loss surgery in 2001 and relocated to Des Moines in 2006 to specialize exclusively in weight loss surgery. Dr. Eibes began a weight loss surgery program in Des Moines and recruited a team of highly trained medical professionals. He directed the program for seven years, growing the program from 50 surgeries to nearly 500 surgeries a year. Dr. Eibes began Iowa Weight Loss Specialists in 2014 and is one of the most experienced weight loss surgeons in the Midwest, having performed thousands of weight loss surgeries since 2001.

Jon Hardersen, PA-C

Mr. Harderson received his undergraduate degree in exercise science from Northwestern College in Orange City and his physician assistant degree from Des Moines University. Jon assists with surgeries and provides both inpatient and outpatient care following surgery.

Alissa Kruger, ARNP, NP-C

Ms. Kruger received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Master of Science in Nursing from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City. Alissa's focus is on patients going through the Medical Weight Loss program at our West Des Moines office. Alissa works closely with each of her patients to help guide them through their weight loss journey.

Relevant to the content of this CME activity, the speakers indicated they have no financial relationships to disclose .

Accreditation Statements

  • MD: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the IMS to provide continuing medical education for physicians. DMU designates this live activity for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • DO: Des Moines University (DMU) is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and approves this activity for 1.0 hour of Category 2-A CME credit(s).
  • Nurse: Des Moines University is Iowa Board of Nursing approved provider #112. This live activity has been reviewed and approved for 1.2 continuing education contact hour(s). No partial credit awarded.
  • DPM: Des Moines University (DMU) is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing education in podiatric medicine. DMU has approved this activity for a maximum of 1.0 continuing education contact hours.
  • Other healthcare providers: This live activity is designated for 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

Educational Grants

No commercial interest provided financial support for this continuing education activity. 


Everyone in a position to control the content of this educational activity will disclose to the CME provider and to attendees all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. The speaker(s) will disclose if any pharmaceuticals or medical procedures and devices discussed are investigational or unapproved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Determination of educational content and the selection of speakers is the responsibility of the activity director. Firms providing financial support did not have input in these areas.


The information provided at this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition. The content of each presentation does not necessarily reflect the views of Des Moines University.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • 1.00 AOA Category 2­A
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
  • 1.00 CPME
  • 1.20 IBON


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