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Thank you for visiting the Minnesota Chapter page, and welcome to our community of volunteers dedicated to the support of patients with pancreatic disease. We invite you to join us at one or more of our local events in support of this cause. Please see below for upcoming activities in your area!

If you would like to become more involved and volunteer in your state, please contact your Chapter Chair (information below).

Chapter Chair
Sonja Arellano
Medical Director


Board Members
Elaine O’Keefe
Katie Larson
Melena Bellin, MD



Date: December 28, 2019; January 25, 2020; February 22, 2020; March 21, 2020
Venue: University of Minnesota Medical Center/Hospital – East Bank 500 Harvard St. SE, 8th Floor (Board Room), Minneapolis, MN 55455
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30PM





Date: Saturday, November 16, 2019
Venue: AMF Southtown Lanes, 7941 Southtown Ctr, Bloomington, MN 55431
Time: 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

To register or donate, please CLICK HERE.






Date: Saturday, February 23, 2019
The Wilf Family Center Auditorium, University of Minnesota Medical Center, 2450 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

The National Pancreas Foundation Minnesota State Chapter and the University of Minnesota Medical Center jointly host a Patient, Caregiver and Family Centered Care for Pancreatic Diseases educational event.

This session is appropriate for patients who have suffered from severe acute pancreatitis, recurrent acute pancreatitis, or chronic pancreatitis and their family members. The main goals are to increase understanding of the immediate and long-term impact of pancreatitis on health and ability to function, and treatment strategies for pancreatitis. Session topics will include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies for pain relief; endoscopic management of pancreatitis; surgical approaches to pancreatitis including total pancreatectomy with islet autotransplant; and how to manage complications of pancreatitis including diabetes.

Speakers will address the disease in children and adults.

We will also discuss updates and resources available at the National Pancreas Foundation National Office, the NPF Minnesota Chapter and the approved centers at the University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic Rochester.

To register for the event, please go here:

To see the full program, please CLICK HERE.

For parking information, please go here: Masonic Children’s UMN Parking MAP



2019 Strike-Out Pancreas Disease