Programs & Services

Multidisciplinary Approach

The Pancreas Center uses a multidisciplinary approach that brings together gastroenterologists, oncologists, surgeons, and many other specialists in order to provide a comprehensive approach to any and every aspect of pancreatic disease. When you make an appointment with one Pancreas Center specialist, you are making an appointment with all of us. Every Thursday morning, the team meets to collaborate on our patients. We see patients from all over the world, and adjust each management plan to every individual in our ongoing mission to be a center of excellence in diagnosing and treating diseases of the pancreas while maintaining the best quality of life and eliminating the fatalism commonly expressed when it comes to pancreatic disease. 

Our specific programs and services include:

Medical Oncology

Optimism is the driving force behind the Pancreas Center medical oncology team's view of patient care. Unwilling to approach pancreatic cancer with the hopelessness that often accompanies a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, our team administers chemotherapy pre-operatively, post-operatively, and for primary treatment. In addition to being up to date with the current standard of care for pancreatic cancer, our team also strives to develop and deliver cutting-edge treatment options that can lengthen patient survival.

Surgery 

At the Pancreas Center, excellence in surgery is part of a proud historical tradition. Allen O. Whipple, M.D., former chairman of the Department of Surgery at Columbia University, pioneered one of the most important pancreatic operations in 1935—an operation which now bears his name, the Whipple procedure.  Today, our surgeons conduct specialized operations to remove cancerous tissue while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. In addition, we are constantly innovating and improving surgical procedures for pancreatic neoplasms, including cancer and precancerous conditions like pancreatitis and IPMN.

GI/Endoscopy

Performing over 1,500 EUS and ERCP procedures each year, the Pancreas Center GI/Endoscopy team has developed a highly sophisticated procedural expertise. We strive to define the leading edge of the field and to offer the most innovative and effective endoscopic surveillance and treatment methods to our patients. We are committed to utilizing our endocscopic skills to champion the health of our patients and to preserve their quality of life. 

Nutrition Program

Because the pancreas is a vital part of the normal digestive system, nutrition after a diagnosis of pancreatic disease can be difficult. We want to ensure you receive all the nutrients you need, and have a team of nutritionists on hand who specialize in pancreatic patients.  You can learn more about specific nutrient needs – including recipe suggestions – in our Nutrition Blog.

Psychosocial Oncology Program

We understand that a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer can be stressful for you and your family. We are here for you, and have a dedicated psychosocial oncology team specifically trained to help you through the emotional burden of disease and treatment.

Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

The Pancreatic Cancer Support Group provides positive support to patients who are currently being treated for pancreatic cancer. We look to encourage one another, share information, and provide resources. Guest speakers will participate in some of the monthly group meetings. Family and caregivers are welcome! Meetings are every 3rd Tuesday of the month.

Pancreatitis Program

The Pancreatitis Program at Columbia provides full-service care for those diagnosed with acute and chronic pancreatitis. From diet and nutrition support to avoid ongoing attacks to full pancreas removals, the Pancreatitis Program balances medical and surgical approaches to treating pancreatitis and its side effects.

Prevention and Genetics Program

The Pancreatic Cyst Surveillance Program, as part of the Muzzi Mirza Pancreatic Cancer Prevention & Genetics Program, is designed to evaluate patients with pancreatic cysts – a known precursor to pancreatic disease – to determine the best treatment options with the highest likelihood of success. Those eligible for the program undergo an intense surveillance protocol, as well as interventional endoscopy, surgery, or oncology. 

Research

The Pancreas Center brings together a host of physicians and scientists to explore the various reasons why people develop pancreatic disease and how we can best treat it. Please explore our Clinical Trials for a comprehensive list of recent studies.

Additionally, we have special interests and research grants dedicated to research into pancreatic disease, including:

To learn more about what we have to offer, request an appointment online or call us at 212.305.9467