To the Editor In their commentary regarding our report at a National Institutes of Health (NIH) symposium on long-term outcomes of bariatric surgery,1 Finks and Dimick2 state that this recent meeting was an updated NIH consensus panel and expressed concern that the report did not make explicit recommendations regarding treatment and coverage decisions. We would like to clarify that this symposium was not an NIH Consensus Development Conference, which refers to a specific program in which an independent panel, meeting certain criteria, generated evidence-based consensus statements. In 2013, the NIH announced that it had retired the Consensus Development Program (http://consensus.nih.gov/).
Courcoulas AP, Yanovski SZ, Horlick M. Clarification of the Goals of the National Institutes of Health Symposium on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes. JAMA Surg. 2015;150(3):277. doi:10.1001/jamasurg.2014.3515