Pancreatitis Care Program

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 by calling (212) 305-4795 or use our online form.

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.

Read more about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Pancreatitis »


Stories & Perspectives

Ryan is a tough guy—a combat veteran and an NYPD cop. Once, on active duty, he had to have neck surgery without anesthesia. But, he says, that pain paled compared to his pancreatitis. Read more here »


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.

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.


Stories & Perspectives

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. Read more here »


Contact Us

Columbia Pancreas Center–Pancreatitis Program
(212) 305-4795 | Online appointment form

Herbert Irving Pavilion, 8th Floor
161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

Maps & Directions »
Fax: (212) 305-1571

Read our State of the Union: Pancreatic Care in 2019 for thoughts on the current and future direction of pancreatic care from John Chabot, MD, Executive Director of the Pancreas Center »

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