Our Program

Nationally recognized as a leader in the field, our Biliary and Pancreatic Disease Program offers accurate diagnoses, management, and comprehensive medical and surgical care for the full range of disorders that affect this particularly difficult-to-treat organ system.

As pioneers in biliary and pancreatic disease treatment, our physicians performed the first laparoscopic Whipple procedure on the West Coast. This complex surgery has the potential to cure and extend life for patients with pancreatic cancer. Now, our program is the largest of its kind regionally. Hoping to avoid performing major open surgery, our highly trained team has long strived to use innovative interventional procedures. Collaborating across specialties, our multidisciplinary team aims to design, develop and test groundbreaking treatments – which are available at Keck Medicine of USC.

Proven, effective, innovative approaches available to our patients:

  • Removing intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN), or cystic tumors of the pancreas, without major resection to preserve as much pancreatic function as possible. This helps maintain insulin production and reduce the chance of developing diabetes
  • Treating pancreatitis and its complications either laparoscopically or non-surgically with endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Preserving the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine) in patients with benign pancreatic disease by avoiding the Whipple procedure.
  • Debriding necrotic tissue in pancreatic cavities non-surgically

Clinical trials are the driving force behind scientific advancements and developing new therapies. Current, promising studies include photodynamic therapy to reduce bile duct tumor size and targeting radiofrequency waves to treat bile duct disease. Both treatments provide palliative relief for late-stage disease, and best-possible outcomes have the potential to cure the disease.

Our Approach

We are developing a new gold standard of care for biliary and pancreatic disease in Southern California. Armed with the latest technology and equipment, and based on solid research – often from clinical trials conducted at Keck Medicine of USC — our multidisciplinary team of experienced, highly skilled experts in gastroenterology, pancreaticobiliary surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, gastrointestinal pathology and interventional radiology will evaluate your unique condition and chart a treatment plan specifically designed to give you the best possible outcome. We are one of the few healthcare centers that routinely look to minimally invasive laparoscopic or non-surgical, interventional endoscopic ultrasound techniques whenever possible. Undisputable research data confirm our own vast experience that the least invasive techniques consistently result in superior outcomes over traditional open surgery.

Our Physicians

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Keck Hospital of USC
USC Healthcare Center 2
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USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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USC Healthcare Center 4
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Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Keck Hospital of USC
LAC+USC Medical Center
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USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and Hospital
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Keck Hospital of USC
Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
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Keck Medicine of USC - Pasadena
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Keck Hospital of USC
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