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The National Pancreas Foundation Announces the Designation of Eight Additional NPF Centers

BETHESDA, MD – August. 8, 2018 – The National Pancreas Foundation (NPF), a nonprofit organization that provides hope for those suffering from pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer, announces the designation of eight additional NPF Centers, two for treating pancreatic cancer and six for treating pancreatitis. There are currently 38 approved Centers for treating pancreatic cancer and 58 for pancreatitis.  NPF Centers are at premier healthcare facilities that focus on multidisciplinary treatment of pancreas disease, treating the “whole patient” with a focus on the best possible outcomes and an improved quality of life.

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

Approved NPF Centers underwent 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, oncologists, 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 and to see all the approved Centers, please visit the NPF website at

“We welcome these additional excellent treatment centers, offering excellent care to the thousands of patients who need it. These 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.

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The eight additional designated NPF Centers are:

For Treatment of Pancreatitis

Children’s Health – Children’s Medical Center Dallas
Emory University/Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
University of Utah/Primary Children’s Hospital
University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital
Pancreas Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Rutgers University
Duke University Medical Center

For Treatment of Pancreatic Cancer

Stony Brook University Cancer Center
Pancreas Program at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Rutgers University


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,   EMAIL