The Pancreatitis Program at Columbia

While acute pancreatitis remains one of the top reasons for gastrointestinal hospital visits, people living with chronic pancreatitis often need specialized care to improve their quality of life. Through our sponsor, the Diller von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the Pancreatitis Program provides holistic care for those with pancreatitis.

The Pancreatitis Program is the first of its kind – a full-spectrum care center devoted entirely to treating and managing acute and chronic pancreatitis. Whether you’re undergoing one of our breakthrough surgeries like auto islet transplantation or coming in for a second opinion – our dedicated team is ready to provide you with exceptional, specialized care.

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

Our Team 

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.

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.

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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