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North Carolina

Thank you for visiting the North Carolina 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
Medical Director
Darshan Kothari, MD


North Carolina Board Members
Alan Gilstrap
Barbara Taylor, Fundraising Chair
Kiera Molloy
Mary Harmon, Public Relations Chair
Kathleen Cummins Perry, Support Group Chair
Dr. Christine Dean, Neurology Institute
Dr. Perry Shen, Wake Forest Baptist Health
Dr. Dan Blazer, Duke University Medical Center
Dr. Shailendra Chauhan, Carolinas Medical Center


Upcoming Events

We are currently working on future Chapter events. Please check back for updates.


Past Events

For those in the Raleigh area, please come and support the NPF North Carolina Chapter on October 6th, for the Pour 4 Purple Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at Triangle Wine Company (575 New Waverly Place Ste. 103-B, Cary, North Carolina 27518).
A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to the NPF. We hope to see you there!


Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Venue: Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Center for Health Education
Duke University, 8 Searle Center Drive, Durham, NC 27710

The National Pancreas Foundation North Carolina Chapter and Duke University Medical Center, Division of Gastroenterology jointly host a Patient, Caregiver and Family Centered Care for Pancreatic Diseases educational event.

The main goals are to increase understanding of the immediate and long-term impact of pancreatitis on health, ability to function; to discuss the approach to getting your voice heard; approaches through mindfulness as method of pain relief and helping you understand if a total pancreatectomy is right for you. We will also discuss updates and resources available at the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) National Office, the NPF North Carolina Chapter and the approved centers at Duke University and the Carolinas Medical Center.

To see the agenda and register for the event, please CLICK HERE.


EDITED: This event is postponed for 2019 due to Hurricane Florence

Joe Loves Lobster Race for a Pancreatic Cure!
Date: October 20, 2018
Time: 11am – 5pm
Location: 4th and Walnut Street, Wilmington, NC

Come and join us for a lobster event that is “shore” to be a hit! There is something for everyone, including pups! Participate in a lobster race, dress your pooch as a lobster, a mermaid contest, or an all-you-can-eat treat!








Photo Gallery of Past Events

Pour 4 Purple Wine Tasting and Silent Auction    October 6, 2018

Strike Out Pancreatic Disease!    April 18, 2015