The Pancreas Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester offers extensive, specialized expertise in diagnosing and treating those with diseases of the pancreas.
Highly specialized expertise and experience in pancreatic care
Pancreatologists are specialists in diagnosing and managing pancreatic disorders. With well over a thousand new patients each year on average our clinic sees many people with a spectrum of pancreatic diseases. This may include common conditions with different presentations that require different approaches to care, or conditions that are rarely diagnosed but which Mayo clinicians have seen many times.
Why contact the Pancreas Clinic?
Widely recognized experience in pancreas care
Pancreas Clinic specialists bring deep, recognized experience to managing pancreatic conditions.
Members of our group have authored national and international guidelines to disseminate best practices in pancreas care and have served as leaders of organizations interested in pancreas care.
Mayo Clinic is a National Pancreas Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Center. National Pancreas Foundation centers go through an extensive auditing process and meet criteria developed by invited subject matter experts and patient advocates, focusing on whole-patient care for best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.
Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, has been recognized as the best gastroenterology and GI surgery hospital in the nation by U.S. News & World Report in every year since, 1990 when the rankings were first established.
Timeliness of complete care
At the Pancreas Clinic, we can effectively coordinate your care with a group of experts to offer highly specialized testing, to rapidly get the answers you need, and you'll benefit from the experience of specialists in every aspect of your care.
Our integrated care approach can provide a diagnosis and treatment plan within days that may take weeks to develop at other institutions.
In addition to Mayo Clinic's pancreatologists, pancreas care may be coordinated with a team of pancreatic surgeons, interventional endoscopists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, pathologists, and oncologists — all of whom hold a special interest in pancreatic disorders — to bring their deep experience to people with pancreatic diseases.
Minimally invasive therapies
Minimally invasive therapies including outpatient endoscopic treatments during the same visit or novel, minimally invasive surgical approaches are effective, minimize length of hospitalization and improve patient outcomes.
Rapid evaluation of concerning pancreatic masses and cysts
As one of the largest multidisciplinary health care institutions in the United States, Mayo Clinic's integrated approach allows quicker surgical and oncological consultation, which means your test results are quickly available for evaluation.
Faster, streamlined testing by Mayo experts leads to a quicker diagnosis for you, and faster therapy.
Advanced diagnosis and rapid follow-up care for pancreatic cancer
If your consultation identifies a pancreatic tumor or cancer, we further expedite your care with our oncology and surgical teams.
Mayo Clinic offers advanced diagnosis and care for the condition, including advanced, minimally invasive pancreatic cancer surgeries.
Our collaborative medical practice model and breadth of expertise allow rapid consultation with multiple specialty areas, with a coordinated transition to surgery or oncology care.
Learn more about Mayo Clinic's advanced approaches for pancreatic cancer care.
Patient education and ongoing care
During your visit, your team will provide a complete review of your diagnosis and treatment plan. Specialized pancreas nurses within our clinic assist with education for patients about their specific concerns.
Disorders commonly seen in the Pancreas Clinic
Active clinical trials and clinical studies
The Pancreas Clinic in Minnesota is active in clinical studies related to the pancreas.
These studies include National Institutes of Health-funded as well as other funded trials underway in acute and chronic pancreatitis, autoimmune pancreatitis, neuroendocrine tumors, pancreatic cancers, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMNs), and other cysts and systemic diseases involving the pancreas.
Rapid adoption of innovation into clinical practice
The Mayo Clinic Pancreatic Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) is a set of medical research projects that focus on cutting-edge approaches to improve the treatment of pancreatic cancer.
As scientific discoveries emerge, the program enables Mayo clinicians to rapidly translate new insight from the lab to the clinic, helping patients with pancreatic cancer and those at risk of developing pancreatic cancer.
High-Risk Pancreas Clinic
The High-Risk Pancreas Clinic is dedicated to pancreas cancer screening in those who have a high risk of pancreatic cancer over the course of their lifetime. Such high-risk status can reflect underlying disease conditions, genetic changes associated with pancreas cancer, or a strong family history of pancreatic cancer.
- In the High-Risk Pancreas Clinic, we offer these high-risk individuals a comprehensive assessment, including medical evaluation, laboratory testing, and imaging.
- Patients in the High-Risk Pancreas Clinic also have the opportunity to participate in a research registry and clinical trials focused on discovery and validation of novel approaches for detecting pancreatic cancer at an early potentially curable stage.
Managing acute pancreatitis: Pancreas Clinic care highlights
Complete diagnostic evaluation for the cause of acute pancreatitis
At the Pancreas Clinic, you'll receive a complete diagnostic evaluation for the cause of acute pancreatitis, which is crucial to promptly identify the right follow-up care, reduce future issues and manage pancreatitis complications.
Endoscopic (minimally invasive) techniques
Mayo physicians were among the first to use minimally invasive techniques and therapies to manage complications from acute pancreatitis.
Mayo physicians have since refined minimally invasive management approaches for issues such as pancreatic duct strictures and pancreatic fluid collections (including pseudocysts and walled-off pancreatic necrosis).
A team of specialists dedicated to your care
Your Pancreas Clinic team includes Mayo Clinic pancreatologists, pancreatic surgeons, interventional endoscopists, diagnostic and interventional radiologists, pathologists, and others.
Together, they use advanced technology, sophisticated imaging tests and comprehensive examinations to obtain a detailed, accurate diagnosis of your issue. They collaborate to evaluate your condition and determine the most appropriate treatment.
- Vinay Chandrasekhara, M.D.
- Anton Decker, MBBCh, MA
- Ferga C. Gleeson, M.B., B.Ch., M.D.
- Michael J. Levy, M.D.
- Shounak Majumder, M.D.
- Randall K. Pearson, M.D.
- Bret T. Petersen, M.D.
- Santhi Swaroop Vege, M.D.