Patter Sheeran Birsic – Co-Founder
In 1996, Birsic’s sister-in-law, Joan Birsic Dawson, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at the age of 38. Stunned at the lack of information, and patient and caretaker support, Birsic founded the National Pancreas Foundation( NPF) with Boston resident, Jane Holt, who suffers from Chronic Pancreatitis. NPF is the only non-profit foundation that supports research for all diseases of pancreas – Pancreatic cancer, Chronic Pancreatitis, Acute Pancreatitis,Pancreatic cystic disease and pediatric pancreatitis. NPF was approved as a 501(c)(3) in 1997 and currently has 18 chapters nation wide.Birsic continues to be an active member on the national Board of Directors, as well as the chair of the Western PA chapter of NPF. Birsic also sits on the Collaborative Alliance for Pancreas Education and Research(CAPER) Board of Directors and is a member of the International Cancer Research Program.
Birsic regularly attends pancreas, GI and NIH conferences in the United States, as well as campaigning on Capitol Hill for increased research dollars and patient reimbursable insurance funds.
She is a member of the Women Leaders Initiative United Way program and volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Catholic Charities.
The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract honored Birsic in 2010 with the Public Service Award and she was recognized with her volunteerism with the 2012 Joan Birsic Dawson Service award.
Birsic is a 1977 graduate from the University of Notre Dame, and resides in the suburbs of Pittsburgh with her husband and family.