At Ohio State, we have gathered a team of expert clinicians and scientists dedicated to helping patients with pancreatic diseases.

The Pancreas Clinic at Ohio State is part of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (GHN) within Ohio State’s nationally recognized Department of Internal Medicine.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is recognized by The National Pancreas Foundation as a Pancreas Center of Excellence in both pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. This designation recognizes excellence across multiple disciplines, which focus on patient-centered care of patients with pancreatic disorders. The approval process followed an extensive audit of the institution's resources for patient management. Ohio State was recognized among 30 other centers nationwide, and was the only adult center in Ohio.

Pancreatic disorders encompass a range of diseases that frequently result in troublesome symptoms and increase the risk for developing decreased functioning of the pancreas (resulting in diabetes and maldigestion), and rarely, pancreatic cancer.

Our Pancreas Clinic staff provide expert care in many areas, including:

  • Acute pancreatitis 
  • Chronic pancreatitis 
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Complications of pancreatic diseases, including exocrine pancreatic insufficiency and pancreatic duct stones
  • Medical evaluation for total pancreatectomy (removal of the pancreas) and autologous islet cell transplant (TPIAT - implantation of the patient’s own pancreatic islet cells)
  • Pancreatic cancer (a multi-specialty clinic for those with known or suspected pancreatic cancer)
  • High Risk Pancreas Clinic (for evaluation of patients with an increased risk for pancreatic cancer due to family history)

Acute pancreatitis is the most common gastrointestinal reason for hospitalization in the United States. On the other hand, pancreatic cancer is a relatively uncommon type of cancer, however it is the third most common cause of death from cancer. Managing pancreatic disorders is challenging, and to be effective requires evaluation by a multi-disciplinary team. Learn more about our pancreatic cancer treatment team.

Plan for your Pancreas Clinic visit:

Call 614-293-6255 for more information and to schedule an appointment

Ask your primary care physician to download, complete and send our referral form to the Ohio State Pancreas Clinic.

Physician Referral Form

Bile Duct Diseases

One of the main functions of a healthy liver is to make a substance called bile that helps with digestion. The gallbladder stores bile until it is needed to digest fat that has been consumed. When needed, the gallbladder pushes the bile into tubes called bile ducts. The ducts carry bile to the small intestine to aid digestion.

Several conditions can block the bile duct and cause a problem with the flow of bile. Gallstones are one of the most common causes of blocked bile ducts. However, blockage may also result from infection, cancer or internal scar tissue. Excessive scarring can block the bile duct and lead to liver failure.

Pancreatic Diseases

Pancreatic Diseases

The pancreas is a gland behind the stomach, near the first part of the small intestine. It sends digestive juices into the small intestine to help break down food. The pancreas also releases hormones that help control blood sugar levels.

Meet the Director of Pancreas Clinic


Phil Hart, MD

Director, Section of Pancreatic Disorders

From our experts

Pancreas Center of Excellence

Ohio State Wexner Medical Center is the only adult center in Ohio to be recognized as a Pancreas Center of Excellence, as designated by the National Pancreas Foundation.

How pancreatitis is diagnosed and treated

Dr. Phil Hart explains the difference between acute and chronic pancreatitis and how they are diagnosed and treated.

What is autoimmune pancreatitis?

Dr. Phil Hart defines autoimmune pancreatitis and the research being done at Ohio State to help learn more about the disease.

Auto Islet Transplantation at Ohio State

 Patients suffering from any disease or disorder of the pancreas can receive cutting edge care at Ohio State, including total pancreatectomies and auto islet transplantations.

What is pancreatogenic diabetes?

Dr. Phil Hart explains pancreatogenic diabetes and how having a better understanding of the disease may help detect pancreatic cancer earlier.
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