Our international fellowship of certified and credentialed bariatric specialists, from both the physical and social sciences are trained in the biological mechanisms, psychological processes, and social influences of the full spectrum of obesities. The consensus of our multidisciplinary fellowship is that there are significant disparities in bariatric care and treatment worldwide. Offering the public and health professionals the ability to identify accredited centers of therapeutic excellence that provide best bariatric practices and that have measurable outcomes could serve as clinical models that can be globally replicated.
CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION STANDARDS
The American Association of Bariatric Counselors (AABC) is an official US Federal not-for-profit, professional fellowship association dedicated to the advancement of bariatric science education and to the enhancement of bariatric care and treatment. Founded in 2005, AABC is the world’s largest association exclusively representing professional multi-disciplinary board-certified bariatric professionals. The AABC Division of Centers of Therapeutic Excellence (COTE) Program recognizes, accredits, and highlights centers worldwide who have kept pace with the bariatric science and provides optimal and compassionate therapeutic care for bariatric patients. AABC/ COTE provides the public, and the health community with the guidance to identify trusted and accredited bariatric treatment centers and board-certified bariatric specialists.