At Ohio State, we have gathered a team of expert clinicians 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 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.

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

  • Acute pancreatitis (learn more here)
  • Chronic pancreatitis (learn more here)
  • 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 fourth most common cause of death from cancer. Managing pancreatic disorders is challenging, and to be effective requires evaluation by a multi-disciplinary team

Meet our Pancreas Clinic team:

  • Phil Hart, MD - Medical Pancreatology, Director, Section of Pancreatic Disorders
  •  Audrey Sleesman, CNP - Medical Pancreatology
  •  Darwin Conwell, MD, MS - Medical Pancreatology, Director, Division of GHN
  •  Jeffery Groce, MD, MPH - Advanced Endoscopy, Medical Director of Endoscopy
  • Amy Hosmer, MD - Advanced Endoscopy
  • Som Krishna, MD, MPH - Advanced Endoscopy, Director of Clinical Research
  • Luis Lara, MD - Medical Pancreatology/Advanced Endoscopy, Medical Director of  Total Pancreatectomy with Islet-Auto Transplantation 
  • Sebastian Strobel, MD - Advanced Endoscopy

Meet our Ohio State Pancreatic Cancer Treatment Team

Plan for your Pancreas Clinic visit:

  • Call for more information and to schedule your appointment
  • Ask your primary care physician to download, complete and send this referral form to the Ohio State Pancreas Clinic


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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