The Pancreatitis Program at Columbia

The Pancreatitis Program at Columbia is the first of its kind – a full-spectrum care team devoted entirely to treating and managing acute and chronic pancreatitis. Our team brings medical experts from several different areas to develop a holistic approach to your care through the generous support of our sponsor, the Diller von Furstenberg Family Foundation.

Make an appointment with the Pancreatitis Program today: (212) 305-4795.

Program Directors

Beth A. Schrope, MD, PhD

Beth A. Schrope, MD, PhD, is the surgical director of the Pancreatitis Program. She is one of the few surgeons in the country who performs total pancreatectomy with autologous islet cell transplantation (TPAIT) for the treatment of chronic pancreatitis.

John M. Poneros, MD

John M. Poneros, MD, is the medical director of the Pancreatitis Program. He is a board-certified gastroenterologist who specializes in treating pancreaticobiliary and esophageal diseases.

Support Staff

Franklin Dwyer, PA-C

Franklin Dwyer, PA-C, is a physician assistant with special expertise in caring for patients with pancreatic disease.

Katherine G. Harrington-Moroney, NP

Katherine G. Harrington-Moroney, NP, is a certified nurse practitioner who specializes in the treatment and care of patients with pancreatitis.

Patient Testimonial

Tony RafanielloIt’s Not All Doom and Gloom with a Disappearing Pancreas

After a sudden hospitalization and dire pancreatitis diagnosis, retired basketball coach and assistant vice-principal was sidelined from his trip to Italy, and potentially a lot more. His physician told him, "As soon as you can get to the Pancreas Center in New York." Years later, Tony is able to enjoy life, especially that long-awaited trip to Italy.

About Pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is a disease in which the pancreatic enzyme secretion builds up and starts to digest the pancreas, causing inflammation and painful attacks in the abdomen. The impact of the disease can be devastating: nearly 5% of people diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis need long-term care. The Pancreatitis Program provides diet and nutrition support, gastrointestinal care, and surgical options, when appropriate, to manage symptoms and improve quality of life for those with pancreatitis.

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