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Pancreatic Cancer Treatment at Winthrop-University Hospital’s Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Program

Collaborative, Patient-Focused Care

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Program is to provide comprehensive and coordinated care to patients with pancreatic cancer and the precursors of the disease. Pancreatic cancer is a complex disease that requires expert care from multiple providers in several medical specialties. This helps achieve optimal outcomes for each individual patient.

Ensuring the Best Possible Outcomes for Pancreatic Cancer Patients

At Winthrop-University Hospital’s Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Program, our goal is to provide comprehensive care to our patients with pancreatic cancer, as well as to those who show early signs of the disease. This team-centered approach to care 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 patients who come to us with an existing diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, we are dedicated to offering 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. Winthrop’s technology and protocols are among the best in the region.

Aggressive Protocols for More Complex Cases of Pancreatic Cancer

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. Throughout every step of the treatment process, our patients are supported socially, emotionally and nutritionally by our dedicated staff.

Improving Outcomes and Looking Toward the Future of Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Patients diagnosed with pancreatic cancer have many unmet needs, which is the subject of ongoing research at our Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Program. Our program is also dedicated to training the next generation of nurses and physicians with the aim of better managing this challenging disease and identifying new, innovative strategies for treatment. Finally, program center is committed to being part of the strong network of advocacy groups to promote awareness and funding for pancreatic cancer.

The Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Programis dedicated to:

  • Maximizing outcomes for patients with pancreatic cancer
  • Maintaining the best possible quality of life for individuals with pancreatic cancer
  • Being a regional leader with the area’s most expertise in treating pancreatic cancer
  • Providing genetic testing and counseling for at-risk individuals
  • Giving patients access to the newest drugs through clinical trials
  • Being a magnet site for industry to test new drugs and devices developed for the treatment of pancreatic cancer care
  • Eliminating the fatalism that is commonly expressed about pancreatic cancer

Our Multidisciplinary Approach to Pancreatic Cancer Treatment

Diseases of the pancreas are complex and, in order to be effectively managed, require highly specialized care from a dedicated team of physicians. 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 you, as a unique patient.

While every specialist on our team is an individual expert, our multidisciplinary approach creates synergistic benefits for each and every one of our patients. Our approach is collaborative, team-based and patient-focused.

Winthrop’s Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Program Specialists

Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery Program Coordinators

Areli Nunez, AAS       
Denise Shekian, BS

Surgery

John Allendorf, MD

Gastroenterology and Biliary Endoscopy

Stavros Stavropoulos, MD David Friedel, MD

Pancreatology

James Grendell, MD

Medical Oncology

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

Radiology

Douglas Katz, MD

Radiation Oncology

Jonathan Haas, MD    
Alicia Gittleman, MD

Genetics and Prevention

Monika Zak, MS

Pathology

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

pancreasprogram@winthrop.org