Pancreatic Disease Center - the first of its kind in Illinois

February 10, 2015

The multidisciplinary team at the new Pancreatic Disease Center is helping to improve the lives of people with all types of complex pancreatic conditions, such as severe acute, recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis, genes and pancreatitis and com­plications from the disease.

Director Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc, says the center offers a full range of diagnostic and treatment options including a few available at only a handful of hospitals nationwide:

  • Total pancreatectomy with islet autocell transplantation (TPIAT)
  • Minimally invasive pancreatic surgeries such as laparoscopic and video-assisted retroperitoneal debridement (VARD)
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Endoscopic transmural necrosectomy (ETN)

The team, which meets weekly to discuss patients with complex needs, consists of recognized leaders in gastroenterology, surgery, oncology, interventional endoscopy, Interventional radiology, pain management, nutrition and genetic counseling.

In addition to providing excellent patient care, the center’s physician scientists are involved in several multicenter research trials such as examining novel genetic links to pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, new medications that improve outcomes after total pancreatectomy and islet autocell transplantation, and treatment outcomes after transmural treatment of walled-off necrosis.

Dr. Gelrud said, “Whether the goal is providing a cure or improving a person’s quality of life, our team will provide extraordinary and effective care for your patients.”

To schedule a consult or patient appointment, referring physicians can call the Pancreatic Disease Center at 773-702-5891. For urgent patient transfers, call 855-834-4782.