Ohio State Wexner Medical Center offers advanced diagnosis and care of patients with disorders of the digestive tract, gallbladder and pancreas.

The Ohio State University was recently recognized by The National Pancreas Foundation as a Pancreas Center of Excellence. 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 the state of 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, cancer.

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 fourth most common cause of death from cancer. Managing pancreatic disorders is challenging, and to be effective requires evaluation by a multi-disciplinary team.

Ohio State’s Pancreas Clinic consists of clinicians and endoscopists with dedicated interests in managing patients with pancreatic diseases. We are devoted to the comprehensive evaluation and management of all pancreatic disorders, including:

• Acute pancreatitis
• Chronic pancreatitis (including autoimmune and hereditary pancreatitis)
• Pancreatic cysts
• Known or suspected pancreatic cancer
• High Risk Individuals for developing pancreatic cancer
• Complications of pancreatic diseases
• Medical evaluation for Total Pancreatectomy and Autologous Islet Cell Transplant (TPIAT)

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.

Pancreas tests and treatment

Patients with symptoms such as abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, may require further testing to identify pancreatic disorders.

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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