Dr. Ashley Mooney earns Verified Bariatric Surgeon title

USF Health bariatric surgeon Ashley Mooney, MD, was recently awarded the title Verified Bariatric Surgeon by the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

Dr. Mooney, assistant professor of surgery in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, earned the title last month as part of the criteria required for accrediting the TGH+USF Health Bariatric Program. The designation ‘verified’ offers proof that a surgeon has met stringent criteria set by the ASMBS.

The Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) is the national bariatric surgery accreditation organization, a program combining the formerly separate bariatric surgery accreditation programs of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS).

All accredited centers report their outcomes to the MBSAQIP database.

MBSAQIP accredits bariatric surgical centers following a rigorous review process, including verifying that a center can maintain certain physical resources, human resources, and standards of practice. Confirming the qualifications of surgeons is one of the requirements and that confirmation results in the surgeon being designated at ‘verified.’

To become verified, Dr. Mooney had to have performed at least 100 bariatric surgeries (stapling cases) across her career, at least 25 cases at the center seeking accreditation (Tampa General Hospital), had to be board certified, had to have attended at least two quality meetings each year, and had to have completed at least eight hours of metabolic and bariatric-specific continuing education credits (category 1) each year.

Dr. Mooney joined USF Health in 2016 for an MCOM Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship. She earned her medical degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine and conducted her surgery residency at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.