Diseases and disorders of the pancreas can be challenging to diagnose and treat. Their care is best handled by a multidisciplinary team of specialists who regularly see such patients. Such a team forms the hallmark of care available at the Pancreas Program in the Center for Advanced Digestive Care (CADC) at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Our program is one of only a handful of centers in the nation designated as a National Pancreas Foundation Center for the treatment and care of patients with pancreatic cancer. The Pancreas Program is co-led by Michel Kahaleh, MD, Medical Director, and Michael Lieberman MD, Surgical Director.
The program is closely aligned with the Jay Monahan Center for Gastrointestinal Health, whose efforts supporting screening and prevention of GI cancer in at-risk patients go hand-in-hand with the work of the Pancreas Program to innovate and advance the treatment of pancreatic disorders.
The Pancreas Program features a multidisciplinary team of specialists from surgery, gastroenterology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, pain management, nutrition, radiology, and pathology. Our physicians perform a high volume of the procedures used to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer, cysts in the pancreas, and pancreatitis. Studies have shown that patient outcomes are better at hospitals with such high volumes and a multidisciplinary approach. As part of a large academic medical center, we are also able to link patients with experts who can care for other illnesses and conditions they may have, such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure.
The patient care we provide is compassionate, individualized, and seamless. Patients benefit from Clinical Program Coordinators (nurses who facilitate communication with the healthcare team, family members, and referring physicians), Nurse Practitioners (who act as intermediaries between hospitalized patients and others involved in patient care), and Patient Navigators (who handle administrative, educational, and other details). Social workers, registered dietitians, genetic counselors, and other support professionals work as key members of the team to meet the needs of patients and their families.
Education also forms a big part of what we do. The Center for Advanced Digestive Care regularly provides seminars for patients and their families. We also collaborate with the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, which funds research and links patients and families to support and education.
To make an appointment to see a healthcare professional in the Pancreas Program at the CADC, please call 877-902-CADC (877-902-2232).
We care for patients with the full range of cancerous and noncancerous pancreatic diseases, including:
We excel in early diagnosis, minimally invasive interventions, surgical services, and palliative treatment to relieve patients' symptoms and improve their quality of life.
The diagnosis of pancreatic disorders can be as intricate as their treatment. CADC physicians use the following approaches to visualize — and in some cases treat — disorders of the pancreas and achieve a diagnosis as early as possible:
To obtain a definitive diagnosis and glean more specific information about a patient's disease, CADC doctors may employ advanced interventional endoscopic techniques, such as:
Pancreatic diseases can cause patients pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), and malnourishment. We can offer patients endoscopic interventional techniques to relieve pressure and pain and restore a patient's ability to eat. Such techniques include:
Our registered dietitians work one-on-one with patients to create a dietary plan to ensure they receive adequate nutrition.
To schedule an appointment, call the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at 1-877-902-2232. You can also view profiles of CADC physicians online.