Chandraprakash Umapathy, MDGastroenterology
Eugenia Tsai, MDGastroenterology
Kermit Speeg, MDGastroenterology
The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach next to the small intestine that helps with food digestion, and releases insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream, which helps the body control how it uses food for energy. We provide care for a variety of pancreas and pancreatic duct disorders.
Conditions We Treat
- Pancreatitis (Chronic and Acute) – Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas, which can have many different causes. Our team provides minimally invasive pancreatitis treatment to help patients return to their daily activities. We also specialize in the long-term management of chronic pancreatitis and other pancreas diseases to improve quality of life.
- Pancreatic Lesions and Cysts – Damage to the pancreatic tissue from disease or trauma can cause these conditions, which may involve a collection of fluid within the pancreas. Our team can access and drain cysts using minimally invasive technology, and evaluate tissue and fluid to help determine the nature of the drainage.
- Pancreatic Tumors and Cancer – Our team can diagnose and provide staging for tumor patients, including minimally invasive biopsies to monitor tumor growth. We can also treat certain pancreatic tumors to help relieve symptoms, and consult with our surgical team regularly to provide the right care at the right time. Thanks to partnerships with research and educational institutions, our physicians are pioneering new methods to model and predict metabolic & digestive diseases.
- Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction (SOD) – SOD involves a malfunction of the drainage "valve" that regulates fluid flow out of the biliary tract, leading to liver, pancreas, and gallbladder problems. High-tech equipment allows us to accurately diagnose and treat this condition without the need for a major surgical procedure.
- Pancreatic Stones and Strictures – These conditions create blockages or restrictions of the fluid flow out pancreas, and can lead to pancreatitis. Our expert physicians have led clinical research into advanced treatment of these conditions in a minimally-invasive setting, including laser therapy and treatment models using computer science and bioengineering.