Approach & Expertise

The Pancreas Center of NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center (NYP/CUMC) is founded on the principle that treatment of pancreas disorders demands a commitment to collaboration in patient care. In addition to upholding an exacting standard of highly coordinated, compassionate, and dedicated patient care at the Pancreas Center, we deeply value the insights of medical research and continually pursue new avenues of diagnosis and treatment. These are some of the reasons patients come to us from all over the world.

As part of NYP/CUMC and the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, we are fortunate to have some of the best practitioners in every medical discipline.Pancreas Center patients have access to a highly experienced, multi-disciplinary team of gastroenterologists, oncologists, surgeons, radiologists, nurse practitioners, geneticists, genetic counselors, and nutritionists. Together, we collaborate to meet the diagnosis, intervention, prevention, and treatment needs of each patient. Our commitment to championing the health of our patients is our defining characteristic.

The expertise of the practitioners at the Pancreas Center, together with the benefits gained from being part of a large institution with a track record of excellence in research and patient care, make it possible for us to maintain our position at the forefront of imaging applications, surgical techniques, risk stratification, genetics, screening, and early detection of pancreatic disorders.

At the Pancreas Center we understand that a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be incredibly stressful and discouraging for patients and families. Throughout our many years of treating this disease, we have shared the emotional burden with our patients and therefore are committed to finding new ways to fight pancreatic cancer. We are here for you and your family. We look forward to putting our resources to work for you.

Multidisciplinary Approach

The diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases of the pancreas such as pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer, as well as precancerous conditions of the pancreas, require the input of physicians across multiple specialties. Our experts include oncologists to diagnose and treat cancers; geneticists to identify members of patients' families who may be at risk; diagnostic and interventional gastroenterologists to help pinpoint problems and provide immediate relief of acute disorders; surgeons to perform diagnostic and therapeutic operations, and nurse practitioners to help coordinate patients' care. While every specialist at the Pancreas Center is an individual expert, our multidisciplinary approach creates synergistic benefits for our patients. The close collaboration among members of the Pancreas Center translates into far better care for patients than what could be provided by physicians working in isolation.

Mission

The mission of the Pancreas Center is to be a center of excellence dedicated to decreasing the burden of pancreatic cancer; the Pancreas Center provides outstanding medical care, undertakes breakthrough research, pioneers prevention and early detection techniques, educates patients and clinicians, and trains physicians to become experts in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, all with the goal of making the disease a controllable illness.

Goals

  • Significantly increase the cure rate of individuals with pancreatic cancer
  • Maintain best possible quality of life for individuals with pancreatic cancer
  • Be the regional center with the most expertise in treating pancreatic cancer
  • Provide genetic testing and counseling for at-risk individuals
  • Understand the etiology and biology of the disease via clinical, translational, and basic research
  • Be a magnet site for industry and the medical community to test new concepts in pancreatic cancer care
  • Eliminate the fatalism that is commonly expressed about pancreatic cancer

Weekly Pancreas Center Conference

When you make an appointment with one Pancreas Center specialist, you make an appointment with all of our specialists. Every Thursday morning, the Pancreas Center cross-functional team meets to collaborate on current patient cases. Salient portions of a patient's history and current symptoms are presented along with past and current imaging studies. At conference, surgeons, oncologists, gastroenterologists, genetic experts, and radiologists contribute their experience and expertise to design the best clinical plan for each of our patients. Pancreatic diseases are complex. This multidisciplinary team approach helps to ensure the best outcome for every patient.