Two physicians reviewing the scan of a patient in the pancreaticobiliary program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Pancreaticobiliary Program

Our Pancreaticobiliary Program is comprised of internationally renowned interventional endoscopists and surgeons who utilize state-of-the-art techniques to treat complex diseases of the pancreas and bile ducts. These specialists work with a team of physicians across many disciplines including diagnostic and interventional radiologists, medical oncologists, nutrition experts, and others. Our team is highly skilled in the use of minimally invasive endoscopic procedures including endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), as well as minimally invasive surgical procedures such as laparoscopic and robotic surgery.  Our physicians work together with an expert Interventional Radiology team offering the least invasive treatment options for complex situations.

northwestern-medicine-digestive-health-pancreaticobiliary-program-surgeryIn recognition of our commitment to the multi-disciplinary management of complex pancreatic disease, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been designated a National Pancreas Foundation Pancreatitis Center.*

To contact or make an appointment with the Pancreaticobiliary Program call 312.695.5620.

Areas of Expertise

The diagnostic, endoscopic and surgical management of: 

Our group performs approximately 1,000 EUS and 1,000 ERCP procedures annually, the highest volume of any hospital in Illinois.

Meet the Teams

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Our team includes interventional endoscopy specialists in coordination with surgical oncology, transplant surgery, interventional radiology, diagnostic radiology and nutrition support specialists.

Conditions

Treatments

  • Endoscopic ampullectomy
  • Endoscopic pancreatic pseudocyst drainage and necrosectomy
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration and core biopsy
  • Pancreas surgery including laparoscopic techniques
  • Total pancreatectomy/auto islet cell transplant

The Pancreas: Anatomy and Functions

Find out more about the anatomy and function of the Pancreas.

Understanding Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis occurs when the pancreas suddenly becomes irritated or inflamed. Acute pancreatitis is often very painful.

Gallstones

Gallstones are lumps of solid material that form in your gallbladder. They are made when the digestive juice called bile gets hard and stone-like.

Liver, Biliary, and Pancreatic Diagnostic Procedures

In order to reach a diagnosis, a thorough and accurate medical history, a physical exam,  and various diagnostic procedures may be performed to help assess the problem more completely.

Patient Story

A 44-year-old male was transferred from another hospital after a four-month history of recurrent fevers, respiratory failure requiring tracheostomy and abdominal pain due to severe acute pancreatitis. Learn about his treatment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

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