The American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery has elected Dr. Teresa LaMasters, a bariatric surgeon and medical director of UnityPoint Clinic-Weight Loss in West Des Moines, as the organization’s secretary treasurer in 2020. She will then advance in direct succession to president-elect in 2021 and president in 2022. The ASMBS is the largest national society for this specialty. LaMasters, who joined UnityPoint Health in 2006, has performed more than 2,000 weight loss surgeries, the health system said in a news release. She was the first surgeon in Iowa to use the DaVinci Robot for Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, and was also the first surgeon in Iowa to perform the sleeve gastrectomy procedure as a stand-alone procedure for weight loss.