The Pancreas Center will be holding their annual Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day this year on Saturday, November 8th from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the Vivian and Seymour Milstein Family Heart Center.

“Awareness” is the appropriate name for this day. Yet, after attending several of these, a better title would be the annual Pancreatic Cancer “Hope” Day.

It’s undeniable that pancreatic cancer is a difficult disease. Yet in spite of this, the Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day generates the utmost levels of positive energy, support and hope. Attendees learn about new advances in pancreatic care from clinicians. Survivors share their experiences and gratitude to Dr. John Chabot and the Pancreas Center team for their second leases on life. It would be difficult to leave this celebration unmoved.

Jonas Salk the inventor of the polio vaccine, once said, “Hope lies in dreams, in imagination, and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality.” This quote personifies the mission of the Pancreas Center and its team.

To register for this year’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Day visit the registration page.

After the lectures and testimonials, there will be a vendor health fair, refreshments and an opportunity to speak with Pancreas Center clinicians in the Riverview Terrace.

If you need more information about the event contact Christine Rein at 212-304-7814 or through email at

Related Link:
More Than Just A Diagnosis: Pancreatic Cancer Support Group

Dr. John Chabot & the Pancreas Center Team

Dr. John Chabot & the Pancreas Center Team



Alcohol Abuse And Acute Pancreatitis

by Columbia Surgery on April 24, 2014

pancreas-FOR-BLOGIf I were to ask you what health risks are associated with excessive drinking, what would you say? Cirrhosis of the liver? Heart disease? A weakened immune system? You’d be correct—those are all health risks associated with excessive drinking. But another common though less talked about problem is pancreatitis.

Pancreatitis is a condition in which digestive enzymes that are typically activated in the small intestine instead become active in the pancreas. Pancreatitis can either be chronic (long term) or acute (sudden), and symptoms of acute pancreatitis often include:

  • Severe, steady pain in the upper-middle part of the abdomen that sometimes spreads to the back and shoulders.
  • Low-grade fever
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Lowered blood pressure
  • Abdominal bloating or tenderness
  • Clammy skin

If not promptly treated, acute pancreatitis can become a serious and even life-threatening condition. Thankfully, with proper treatment most patients are able to recover from acute attacks and avoid serious complications. But even after a patient recovers, additional steps are usually needed to address the root cause of the pancreatitis.

If alcohol abuse is the underlying cause (the other common cause is gallstones), doctors will recommend that the patient completely eliminate alcohol consumption. After an acute attack of pancreatitis, continued alcohol consumption is dangerous, and can lead to future attacks and the development of chronic pancreatitis.

Once pancreatitis becomes chronic, a variety of other health complications – such as diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and chronic pain – can occur. And, perhaps most significantly, patients with chronic pancreatitis are three times more likely to develop pancreatic cancer at some point in their lives.

While any instance of pancreatitis needs to be addressed by an experienced doctor, patients can play a vital role in their own recovery by taking proactive steps to promote a healthy pancreas.

  • Exercise regularly and lose excess weight – Overweight individuals are more likely to develop gallstones, putting them at a higher risk of developing pancreatitis.
  • Quit smoking – Smoking may increase your risk of developing pancreatitis.
  • Quit drinking alcohol

Check out our website for more information on how to maintain a healthy pancreas:



Turmeric, Curcumin, and Cancer: What’s the Research?

March 26, 2014

TweetDeborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN Clinical Nutritionist The Pancreas Center Turmeric is a root, appearing similar to ginger, with a very mild bitter and spicy flavor, often found ground in the spices section of your grocery store.  As one of the main spices found in curry, you may recognize turmeric by its bright yellow/orange hue. […]

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NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center Announces Performance of First Robotic Whipple Procedure

March 12, 2014

TweetOn March 4, 2014, the first robotic Whipple procedure was performed by Dr. John Chabot, Executive Director of The Pancreas Center, and Dr. Yanghee Woo at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. This is exemplary of The Pancreas Center’s mission to continually advance the quality of pancreatic care. What is a Whipple Procedure? For those who may […]

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Third Annual Peter D. Stevens Course on Innovations in Digestive Care

March 11, 2014

TweetAs patients demand greater access to interventional and minimally invasive digestive care treatments, clinicians must be knowledgeable on the newest technologies and innovations. These are the market forces of healthcare at work. – Dr. Michel Kahaleh. NewYork-Presbyterian, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Weill Cornell Medical College are pleased to extend an invitation […]

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Cheers for Chia: the Ancient Superfood

February 21, 2014

TweetDeborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN Clinical Nutritionist The Pancreas Center Many people are familiar with Chia Pets, the clay pots where sprouted chia seeds grow “hair” on animals or figurines. Fewer of us are familiar with the chia seeds used in many foods, drinks, cereal, and baked goods. If you take a look in your […]

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What You Need to Know About Pancreatic Enzymes

December 20, 2013

TweetDeborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN, Clinical Nutritionist at The Pancreas Center, writes regularly about nutritional issues for patients with pancreatic cancer, pancreatitis, and other pancreatic diseases, which commonly cause problems with eating or maintaining their weight. In this post, she answers frequently asked questions about the benefits and proper use of pancreatic enzymes. What are […]

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Interview with Patrick Coty, PA

November 29, 2013

TweetClinical Coordinator at the Pancreas Center The NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Pancreas Center cares for patients with various diseases of the pancreas including pancreatic cancer, pre-cancerous conditions, and pancreatitis. As a Physicians Assistant, Patrick Coty’s role is to support and assist the surgeon to evaluate and treat patients with pancreatic diseases. He evaluates patients during their initial visit to […]

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Therapeutic Endoscopy for Pancreatic Disease

November 27, 2013

TweetQuestions & Answers with Frank Gress, MD Frank Gress, MD, is Clinical Division Chief and Chief of Interventional Endoscopy in the Division of Digestive Disease and Liver Disease. An expert in therapeutic endoscopy, Dr. Gress specializes in performing minimally invasive procedures to diagnose and treat disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, bile ducts, and pancreas. He […]

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Nutrition after the Whipple Procedure: What You Need To Know About Micronutrient Deficiencies

November 27, 2013

TweetDeborah Gerszberg, RD, CNSC, CDN Clinical Nutritionist, The Pancreas Center One of the most common questions patients ask after having a Whipple procedure is “what vitamins or supplements should I be taking?” The general answer is if you aren’t yet eating well, we recommend that you take a multivitamin to assure you meet all of […]

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