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Designation of Seven Additional NPF Centers

The National Pancreas Foundation Announces the Designation of Seven Additional NPF Centers for the Care and Treatment of Pancreatitis

BETHESDA, MD – February 19, 2016 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announces the designation of seven additional National Pancreas Foundation Centers. There are now thirty-seven NPF Centers are at premier healthcare facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreatitis, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.

For people coping with pancreatitis or other pancreatic disorders today, there are inconsistencies in the level of care they receive. The NPF Centers designation will help facilitate the development of high-quality, multidisciplinary care approaches for the field. Designated centers will also seek to advance research and lead the way for heightened awareness and understanding of pancreatitis and related conditions among community physicians, allied health professionals, patients, families and the general public.

Approved NPF Centers had to go through an extensive auditing process and meet the criteria that were developed by a task force made up of invited subject matter experts and patient advocates. The criteria includes having the required expert physician specialties such as gastroenterologists, pancreas surgeons, and interventional radiologists, along with more patient focused programs such as a pain management service, psychosocial support and more. For a full listing of the criteria, please visit the NPF website.

“NPF Centers are of great benefit to the whole community,” said NPF Center Task Force member Dr. Timothy Gardner. “Having the NPF Center designation will help distinguish institutions whose focus is on patient centered care either for the treatment of their disease or to get an expert second opinion.”

“NPF Centers will also help to increase awareness of important NPF programs such as the National Patient Registry, the Animated Pancreas Patient and be a vital cog in the sharing and development of best practices,” said Matthew Alsante, Executive Director of the National Pancreas Foundation. “In addition to pancreatitis, the next phase of this program is to introduce NPF Centers with a focus on treating pancreatic cancer.” 

The 7 Newly designated National Pancreas Foundation Centers are:

Indiana University School of Medicine/Indiana University Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Center of Plano 
Oregon Health & Science University, Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Health
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Texas Children’s Hospital
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital 

They join our other NPF Centers, which include the following:

Allegheny General Hospital, Allegheny Health Network
Banner University Medical Center
Baylor University Medical Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Geisinger Medical Center
Hackensack University Medical Center/John Theurer Cancer Center
Harvard Medical School / Boston Children’s Hospital
Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
Mayo Clinic Florida
Mayo Clinic Rochester
Medical University of South Carolina
Medstar Georgetown University Hospital
Nebraska Medicine
New York Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia
Pancreas Care Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Providence Portland Cancer Center
Saint Louis University/ SLU Care Center for Pancreatic and Biliary Diseases
Stanford University
The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
UMass Memorial Medical Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
University of Chicago
University of Florida/UF Health
University of Miami, Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Virginia Mason Medical Center

About The National Pancreas Foundation

Founded in 1997, the National Pancreas Foundation provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer through funding cutting-edge research, advocating for new and better therapies and providing support and education for patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. The NPF is the only foundation dedicated to patients suffering from all forms of pancreas disease. For more information visit:

Media Contacts

Matthew Alsante, Executive Director, National Pancreas Foundation, (866) 726-2737,

NPF Centers Press Release (PDF)