Diseases of the pancreas require comprehensive care from a multidisciplinary team of experts. At the University of Chicago Medicine, our pancreatic disease care team is comprised of physicians from several specialties, including gastroenterology, interventional endoscopy, surgery, oncology, radiology, pathology, pain management and genetics, and extends to include highly trained nurses, genetic counselors and nutritionists. These specialists are recognized leaders in pancreatic disease care, and can offer diagnostic and treatment options that are not available at most hospitals.
For example, we're one of a handful of hospitals in the country to offer total pancreatectomy with islet cell autotransplantation (autologous islet cell transplantation), a procedure aimed at preventing diabetes or reducing its effects after removal of the pancreas due to pancreatitis. Our interventional endoscopy specialists can perform sophisticated minimally invasive procedures to provide a more thorough diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, chronic pancreatitis and other complex problems. Our surgical specialists offer treatment alternatives beyond traditional surgical approaches. These surgeons are experienced with minimally invasive procedures and duodenum-sparing and spleen-sparing pancreatic resections.
University of Chicago pancreatic disease specialists are experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of pancreatic conditions, including: