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Pancreas Health Program

Pancreatic cancer is a complex disease that requires expert care from multiple providers in several specialties to achieve a optimal outcome for each individual patient. At the Pancreas Center, our goal is to provide comprehensive care to patients with pancreatic cancer and the precursors of the disease. This begins with identifying at-risk populations and developing screening protocols in patients with known risk factors, inherited genetic mutations, and visible premalignant lesions on imaging with the goal of preventing the development of the malignancy in these patients. For those patients who come to us with a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, we aim to offer the best possible care at every stage of the disease. Patients with operable tumors will undergo surgery using established and innovative techniques followed by state of the art chemotherapy and radiotherapy using the best available technology and protocols. For patients who present with “inoperable’ pancreatic cancer, we have an aggressive protocol that will lead to surgical removal of the tumor in a majority of patients. For those patients who progress through first line therapy, we offer clinical trials. All through the process, the patients are supported socially, emotionally and nutritionally by our dedicated staff. This patient population and this disease have many unmet needs, which are the subject of our ongoing research. Our center is also dedicated to training the next generation of nurses and physicians to take up the mantle of managing this challenging disease and to identify innovative strategies for treatment. Finally, our center is committed to being part of the strong network of advocacy groups to promote awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer.

Mission statement

Pancreatic cancer is a complex disease that requires expert care from multiple providers in several specialties to achieve the maximal outcome for each individual patient. The mission of the Pancreas Health Program is to provide comprehensive and coordinated care to patients with pancreatic cancer and the precursors of the disease.

Goals of the Program

  • To maximize outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer
  • To maintain the best possible quality of life for individuals with pancreatic cancer
  • To be the regional center with the most expertise in treating pancreatic cancer
  • To provide genetic testing and counseling for at-risk individuals
  • To give patients access to the newest drugs through clinical trials
  • To be a magnet site for industry to test new drugs and devices developed for the treatment of pancreatic cancer care
  • To erode the fatalism that is commonly expressed about pancreatic cancer

Multidisciplinary Approach

Diseases of the pancreas are complex and require highly specialized care delivered by a dedicated team of physicians to be effectively managed. When you are evaluated by one of our specialists, your case will be evaluated by the entire team. Each new and follow up patient is discussed at our weekly conference every Wednesday morning. Experts from surgery, gastroenterology, pancreatology, biliary endoscopy, diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology and genetics meet together with our nurse practitioners, social workers, patient navigators and clinical care coordinators to develop and execute a plan designed to achieve the best possible outcomes for each unique patient. While every specialist is an individual expert, our multidisciplinary approach creates synergistic benefits for our patients. The approach is collaborative, team based and patient focused.

Our specialists

Pancreas Health Program Coordinators

Areli Nunez, AAS
Denise Shekian, BS


John Allendorf, MD

Gastroenterology and Biliary Endoscopy

Stavros Stavropoulos, MD David Friedel, MD


James Grendell, MD

Medical Oncology

Alexander Hindenburg, MD
Harry Staszewski, MD
Alice Zervoudakis, MD


Douglas Katz, MD

Radiation Oncology

Jonathan Haas, MD
Alicia Gittleman, MD

Genetics and Prevention

Monika Zak, MS


Virginia Donovan, MD
Mala Gupta, MD
George Turi, MD

Nurse Practitioners

Barbara Moskowitz, Surgery, NP Surgery
Elizabeth Marchand, Oncology, NP Oncology

Clinical Nutritionist

Arlene Stein, MS, RD, CDN

Nurse Navigator

Christine Guarnieri, RN-BC, MSN, OCN


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Phone: 516-663-2436
Fax: 516-663-2780
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