Patient Stories

Susan Koujak has a rare pulmonary vascular disease that caused both of her lungs to fail. During the last 12 years, she's undergone two double lung transplants. Her first transplanted lungs began to fail last year and she received her second set of donor lungs in May. Both of her transplants were performed by the same talented team of doctors and nurses at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center.
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The AMC/MPAS class of 2015 shows support and spreads awareness for Pancreatic Cancer.
Alyson Peluso underwent a Whipple Procedure in August of 2009 to remove a cancerous pancreatic cyst. Today she is working towards her degree to become a Physician's Assistant.
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Stan Adler had more tumors than his doctors could count. He beat the odds with high-dose IL-2 therapy.
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Howard Ebert is a pancreatic cancer survivor. After being diagnosed and treated several years ago, Howard is now cancer free and leading a full and healthy life.
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"Stage IV." As always, Dr. Sherman didn't mince words. I was 51 years old and already several weeks into chemotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer when I finally asked him exactly what stage my cancer was. Of course I knew the diagnosis — and that it wasn't all that early, but I certainly didn't expect to hear it hadn't been caught as early as I had hoped and assumed. I had never had any health issues at all — ever. My grandparents lived well into their 80s and 90s and my parents are in their 80s now and for the most part healthy and vibrant. And really I felt fine...it all just seemed so implausible and surreal.
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A former heart and double-lung transplant patient reunites with the medical team that saved his life.
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Tammie Feldman at far right, with her husband and daughters.
Auto islet transplant surgery gives Tammie Feldman a life free from diabetes
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Lillian Sjolund-English, RN; Cristian Acevedo; Dr. Kirsten Cleary; Rosa Taveras with her son, Elijah; Dr. Steven Stylianos; Carmen Taveras; Dr. Amy Turitz; Lindsay Spring; Natahalie David; Heather Duignan, RN; and Dr. Jack Maidman.
Over 20 years ago, conjoined twins Carmen and Rosa Taveras were brought to Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital NewYork-Presbyterian to be separated in a groundbreaking surgery. In 2013, Rosa Taveras - one of the formerly conjoined twins - gave birth to her own child, Elijah.
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After Ralph Cheney was treated for gallstones and pancreatitis at his local hospital in Monticello, New York, a CT scan revealed a shadow on his pancreas. His doctor suggested waiting six months and repeating the CT scan after the pancreatitis cleared up. Ralph's wife, Mariann, thought otherwise, and after additional research, the couple came to The Pancreas Center for successful diagnosis and treatment of Ralph's pancreatic cancer. Five years later, Ralph is a survivor who hopes his story serves as inspiration for others battling pancreatic cancer."
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Elle Haley – a 14 year old liver transplant recipient – received a portion of her father's liver in a groundbreaking fully laparoscopic adult-to-adult living donor transplantation.
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