Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc
Associate Professor of Medicine
Andres Gelrud, MD, MMSc, is a clinical pancreatologist who provides care for patients with acute, recurrent acute and chronic pancreatitis, as well as treatment of complications from pancreatitis. He also has expertise in interventional endoscopy, a minimally invasive procedure used to diagnose and treat problems of the digestive tract -- including gastrointestinal cancers. He is an expert in endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to diagnose and treat diseases of the bile duct and pancreas. He also performs stent placement of the gastrointestinal tract (esophagus, small bowel, bile duct and colon).
Dr. Gelrud is highly skilled at performing transgastric pancreatic necrosectomy, a procedure to remove necrotic pancreatic tissue through the mouth using endoscopes, rather than through abdominal surgery. In addition, he provides endoscopic treatment of bariatric surgery complications, including stricture dilation, closure of fistulas and anastomotic ulcers.
Dr. Gelrud has served as the primary site investigator on several studies that examine the reasons why patients develop pancreatitis. He has a particular interest in exploring the relationship between genetics and diseases of the pancreas.
In addition to his clinical and research roles, Dr. Gelrud is an active educator and author. He has written more than 75 articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to numerous English and Spanish language textbooks on digestive diseases. Dr. Gelrud currently serves on the Board of Directors of the National Pancreas Foundation.
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Year Started Practice
Universidad Central de Venezuela
Internship and Residency
Tufts New England Medical Center, Boston
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Harvard Medical School), Boston (gastroenterology, pancreatology and interventional endoscopy)
Additional Graduate Degrees
MMSc, Harvard Science and Technology (Harvard-MIT), Cambridge, MA
American College of Gastroenterology
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Read More About Dr. Gelrud
Dr. Gelrud is a key member of our multidisciplinary Center for Endoscopic Research and Therapeutics.
Dr. Gelrud is featured in a series of video interviews about pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and exocrine pancreatic insufficiency that were developed by the National Pancreas Foundation.
After years of severe abdominal pain, 14-year-old Juan Diego Hillinger travelled from Venezuela to see Dr. Gelrud. Today, Hillinger is completely pain free. Read the story.
Dr. Gelrud and a team of surgeons helped a young boy overcome severe pain due to pancreatitis. "It was a complete miracle," Quinn's mother says. "We mark the University of Chicago as the place where Quinn's life completely changed."
View a partial list of Dr. Gelrud's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.