Pancreas and Biliary Center
The Pancreas & Biliary Center at the University of Pittsburgh offers world-class expertise for simple and complex diseases of the pancreas and biliary tract. We offer a Pancreatic Center of Excellence in which radiologists, surgeons and other specialists have worked together as a team over the past two decades. The Pancreas and Biliary Center is one of the busiest centers of its kind in the country and is internationally known for clinical expertise and research.
The Pancreas & Biliary Center excels through multi-disciplinary teamwork. Clinical expertise is combined with new molecular diagnostic tools and abdominal imaging capabilities to direct the patient to appropriate use of therapeutic ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and all surgical procedures. Areas of special expertise include early detection and diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary malignancies as well as genetic testing and counseling for patients and families at risk for pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer. Research protocols center on prevention, detection and novel treatments for recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cysts, pancreatic cancer and promising neoadjuvant therapies.
Cutting edge translational research is central to the Pancreas & Biliary Center. For the last dozen years, University of Pittsburgh physicians and scientists have been building a unified team aimed at understanding human pancreatic and biliary diseases at the most basic levels and utilizing new knowledge to improve clinical practice. Major advances include the discovery of the genetic basis for hereditary pancreatitis (the mutated trypsin gene, PRSS1 R122H) as well as the genetic causes of "idiopathic" recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis lead by Dr. David Whitcomb. Other primary advancements include new methods for early detection of pancreaticobiliary malignancies in strictures, masses and cysts lead by Dr. Asif Khalid, advanced GI procedure technology through Dr. Adam Slivka and Dr. Kevin McGrath, as well as findings in pancreas epidemiology by Dr. Dhiraj Yadav, all of which have updated treatment paradigms.
The Pancreas & Biliary Center directs the international PancreasFest program each summer. Pancreatologists and scientists meet to discuss pancreatic research in a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional setting to enhance the understanding of pancreatic diseases and to improve patient care.
The following Pancreas & Biliary Center gastroenterology physicians work actively to diagnose, treat and cure pancreaticobiliary diseases:
- David C. Whitcomb, MD, PhD - Director, Pancreas & Biliary Center
- Randall Brand, MD
- Jennifer S. Chennat, MD
- Kenneth E. Fasanella, MD
- Asif Khalid, MD
- Kevin M. McGrath, MD
- Georgios I. Papachristou, MD, PhD
- Savreet (Ritu) Sarkaria, MD
- Adam Slivka, MD, PhD
- Dhiraj Yadav, MD MPH
- Heather Hathy, PA-C
- Danielle Lockhard, PA-C
Pancreaticobiliary Surgeon Partners
- Mohammad Choudry, MD
- Kenneth Lee, MD
- Herbert J. Zeh, III, MD
- Amir Zureikat, MD
The University of Pittsburgh's clinical protocols, translational programs and basic research studies are leading to new methods for the early detection and enhanced treatment of pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis and related pancreaticobiliary diseases.
Other links related to pancreatic diseases:
- Pancreas: A Pancreatic Disease Resource
- The National Pancreas Foundation
- Wayne Fusaro Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund
- Pancreatic Cancer Action Network