About Us

Mission Statement

The Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery exists to reduce the incidence and consequence of obesity in Texas through advocacy, education and prevention; to promote access to appropriate obesity treatments; to end obesity discrimination and bias; and to advance clinical excellence in the treatment of the patient with obesity.

The Texas Association for Bariatric Surgery (TABS) was established in 2005 to be a resource for physicians, bariatric surgeons and weight loss surgery patients, and is the first state chapter of the Association of Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery.

TABS was organized to serve weight loss surgery patients and medical professionals practicing bariatric surgery in Texas through the sharing of ideas, the establishment a referral network, the promotion of wellness and healthy living, and advocacy efforts on behalf of the obese.

TABS offers a variety of committees in which members may become involved. Through the Education, Public Action and Finance Committees and Speakers Bureau, TABS members conduct patient education, promote healthful living and advocate for the rights of the obese.

The TABS membership includes 65 physicians and surgeons across the state and is governed by a volunteer board of directors.


Robert O. Carpenter


Sina Matin

Vice President

Eric Ahnfeldt


Luis Reyes


Watson Roye, Jr.

At Large Board Member


Hugh Babineau

At Large Board Member


Mickey Seger

Immediate Past President

Richard Peterson

Past President

Glenn Ihde

Past President


Erik Wilson

Past President


Lloyd Steggemann

Past President


Regional Board Members

Bo Neichoy

Regional Board Member: West Regional


Terry Scarborough

Regional Board Member: Coastal


Andre Graham

Regional Board Member: Northeast


Todd Wilson

Regional Board Member: South Central


Richard Englehardt

Regional Board Member: North Central


Integrated Health

John Archibeque

Integrated Health President

Sharon Hillgartner

Integrated Health Vice President

Trudy Ivins

Integrated Health Secretary

Carol Wolin-Riklin

Integrated Health Immediate Past President

Cyndi Inkpen

Integrated Health Past President

Connie Klein

Integrated Health Past President

Renee O'Daniel

Integrated Health Past President

Sharla Stroup

Integrated Health Past President