The Pancreatic and Biliary Disease Program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital offers state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients with a range of conditions.
The pancreas and biliary tract both play important roles in healthy digestion. The biliary tract is a system of organs involved in the creation and secretion of a digestive fluid called bile. This system includes the liver (where bile is created), gall bladder (where bile is stored), and bile ducts (the small tubes through which bile is transported). The pancreas is an organ that produces digestive enzymes and hormones. When these organs are not functioning healthily, patients can experience significant symptoms. Our expert team is here to help.
The clinicians at the Pancreatic and Biliary Disease Program have years of specialized experience. MedStar Georgetown cares for the highest volume of patients with pancreatic and biliary disease in the entire Washington, DC area.
Our team of expert gastroenterologists work closely with specialists in in radiology, interventional radiology, pathology, surgery, surgical oncology, and medical oncology. The Pancreatic and Biliary Disease Program offers the breadth of services and depth of expertise that you need to achieve the best possible clinical outcomes.
This level of expertise has led to national recognition. MedStar Georgetown is one of just 30 American hospitals to be honored by the National Pancreas Foundation (NFP) as an approved NFP Center. This mark of distinction reflects the talent of our clinicians and the breadth of our services.
The Pancreatic and Biliary Disease Program provides treatment for a large number of conditions, including:
- Congenital anomalies of the biliary tract
- Bile duct tumors
- Gallstones and gallbladder disease
- Pancreatic cysts
- Pancreas divisum
- Pancreatic cancer
- Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction
MedStar Georgetown’s Pancreatic and Biliary Disease Program offers the latest in imaging procedures, radiological interventions, and minimally invasive and robotically-assisted surgical techniques. In fact, our clinical team has developed surgical approaches that are now the gold standard of care throughout the country.
Diagnostic and treatment offerings include:
- Biliary, pancreatic and intraluminal stent placement
- Cyst aspirations
- Cyst gastrostomy
- Electrohydraulic lithotripsy
- Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
- ERCP (Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography)
The Pancreatic and Biliary Disease Program offers our patients access to clinical trials that may benefit their care. Research initiatives advance clinical understanding and provide patients with the opportunity to benefit from innovative techniques and technology. To see if you may be eligible for a current research study, search here.
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Team of Specialists
- Nadim G. Haddad, MD - Department Chief, Associate Professor of Medicine
- Thomas M. Loughney, MD - Assistant Professor of Medicine
- Jill Smith, MD, FACP - Professor of Medicine
- Walid Chalhoub, MD - Assistant Professor of Medicine
- Carmen Moore, MS, FNP-BC - Nurse Practitioner, Clinical Nurse Coordinator
- Erica L. Foster, RN - Nurse Liaison