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Cathy A. Arsenault

Cathy A. Arsenault

Title: Patient and Family Advisory Council Co-chair

Company: UNC Rex Health Care

Location: Cary, North Carolina, United States





  • American Diabetes Association, NC (review panel member, 2016)
  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), Capitol Hill, Washington, DC (2017-present)
    • ASMBS Myrtle Beach, SC “A Patients Perspective” (July 2018) (featured Speaker) (my story, peer rounding, patient experience)
    • Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (October 30, 2017) (featured speaker)
      • Bob Corker’s Office
      • Lamar Alexander’s Office
      • Richard M. Burr’s Office
      • Thom Tillis’ Office
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield NC (presenting “My Story” to the Board of Trustees, January, 2019)
  • Cary Chamber of Commerce (Leadership Cary Class, 2016)
  • Duke Regional Hospital, Durham, NC (February 6, 2016)
    • Winter Thaw: Perianesthesia Updates Conference (keynote speaker)
      • “Life After Obesity,” my story
    • North Carolina Quality Center / Hospital Association Patient and Family Advisor Council (co-chair, 2015-2018)
  • Duke University, Durham, NC (patient advocate team)
    • “Leaving Bias at the Hospital Door,”(May 19, 2017) (featured speaker)
  • NC Healthcare Association Patient and Family Advisor Council (2015-2018)
  • North Carolina Surgery, H&V Hospital
    • Rethinking Obesity Medicine: Fact vs. Fad in Current Management
      • “Patient Perspective” (January, 2019)
  • REX Bariatric Fund (board member, co-creator, Investor, 2014-present)
  • REX Foundation Leadership Council (2016-2017)
  • The Beryl Institute (active member)
  • UNC Health NC Surgery REX Bariatric Specialist (mentor advisor, 2014-present)
  • UNC Rex Hospital, Recovery Department
    • “Not all Bariatric Patients Look Alike” (August, 2017) (featured speaker)
  • Vidant Medical Center, Rock Springs Center, Courtyard North Ballroom, Greenville, NC
    • “Recovering from a Drift,” (keynote speaker, September 14, 2017)
  • “Why Bariatric Patients are Different,” UNC REX Nutrition Department (keynote speaker, 2016)
  • “Why We Choose Bariatric Surgery,” UNC REX Healthcare Leadership Meeting, PNC Arena (keynote speaker, 2016)
  • X Grand Rounds III, The Beryl Institute (speaker, 2017)


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2022, 2020)
  • Inductee, Who’s Who of Professional Women, Marquis Who’s Who (2020)
  • Honoree, “Tar Heel of the Week,” News & Observer (2017)
  • Recipient, Health Care Heroes Volunteer Award, Triangle Business Journal (2016)


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