Columbia Named Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer
The Pancreas Center at Columbia University Irving Medical Center/NewYork-Presbyterian has been nationally recognized as an approved NPF Center by the National Pancreas Foundation. NPF Centers are awarded after a rigorous audit review to determine that an institutions focus is on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatic cancer, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.
“We are honored that Columbia has been designated as NPF Center for treatment of pancreatic cancer,” said Dr. John Chabot, Director of the Pancreas Center. “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish us as an institution whose focus is on providing the best and most innovative care possible.”
“We are thrilled to expand our NPF Centers of Excellence Program to better serve the needs of patients suffering from pancreas disease,” said David Bakelman, CEO of the National Pancreas Foundation. “The NPF Centers of Excellence Program is one of the pillars of NPF, and we are looking forward to working with our current and new Centers.”
How Are NPF Centers Chosen?
An approved NPF Center has to meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria includes having the required expert physician specialties such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more.
“As a member of the Pancreatic Cancer Care Program team, I am very proud of this achievement,” states Dr. Michael Kluger, pancreatic surgeon. “This award is certainly validation of our entire team’s delivery of excellent patient care.”
About The National Pancreas Foundation
Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. For more information visit: www.pancreasfoundation.org
- The Pancreatic Cancer Care Program
- About Pancreatic Cancer
- What To Expect from an appointment at the Pancreas Center
- Pancreas Cancer Support Group
- Pancreatic Cancer Prevention & Genetics Program