About the Pancreas Clinic

The Pancreas Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine is dedicated to the medical management of patients with pancreatic disorders. The clinic philosophy is focused on a multidisciplinary approach for management of pancreatic disorders with deep emphasize on psychosocial and nutritional aspects of care. The Pancreas Clinic at McNair Campus and The Elkins Pancreas Center are recognized as a Pancreatitis Center of Excellence by National Pancreas Foundation. To schedule an appointment at the Pancreas Clinic, please call (713) 798-0947. 

Who Do We Treat?

Our clinic welcomes any patients with:

  • Acute pancreatitis
  • Chronic pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Abdominal pain of suspected pancreatic etiology
  • Fatty pancreas
  • Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency including cystic fibrosis

Left to right: pancreatic cyst on endoscopic ultrasound, endoscopic ultrasound assisted ERCP procedure, common bile duct metal stent

Meet Our Team

Mohamed O. Othman, M.D.

Director of Advanced Endoscopy
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Internal Medicine
Gastroenterology

Kalpesh Patel, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Waqar Ahmad Qureshi, M.D.

Professor
Department of Medicine
Gastroenterology

Wasif M. Abidi, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Gastroenterology

Julie Weatherly, NP

Instructor
Department of Medicine
Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Why We Are Different

1. Our focus of practice is treating patients, not medical conditions; we integrate psychosocial aspects, healthy life style and patient counseling as essential elements of patient care.

2. Patients will have the opportunity to interact with seasoned physicians and staff who have dealt with and treated hundreds of patients with pancreatic disorders.

3. Patients will have the opportunity to participate in novel, well designed clinical trials pertaining to several pancreatic disorders such as chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and pancreatic cysts.

4. Patients will have the opportunity to share their experience with other patients with pancreatic disorders through meetings organized by the National Pancreas Foundation and the Alliance of Chronic Pancreatitis of South Texas.

5. We developed a specialized inpatient pancreaticobiliary service at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center to handle any urgent admission for patients with pancreatic diseases. The service is staffed daily with a pancreas specialist from the Baylor College of Medicine team.

6. Patients will have access to a multidisciplinary team of experts from various specialties including:

  • Gastroenterology
  • Pancreas surgery
  • Gastrointestinal pathology
  • Psychology with a focus on dealing with behavioral health issues of patients with pancreatitis
  • Nutritional specialist in pancreatic and gastrointestinal disorders

Procedures We Offer

  • Endoscopic retrograde pancreatiography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound
  • Pancreatic function test

Endoscopic Retrograde Pancreatiography (ERCP)

  • Dual or single pancreatic or biliary sphincterotomy (cutting of the sphincter muscle) for patients with acute recurrent pancreatitis
  • Minor papilla cannulation and sphincterotomy for acute recurrent pancreatitis from pancreatic divisum
  • Direct ductal examination of pancreatic duct and common bile duct and tissue acquisition with biopsy under direct visualization.
  • Bile duct and pancreatic duct stenting
  • Lithotripsy (laser breaking) of stones in the common bile duct or pancreatic duct

Endoscopic Ultrasound

  • Accurate assessment and staging for chronic pancreatitis and fatty pancreas
  • Screening and staging for pancreatic cancer
  • Fine needle aspiration of pancreatic mass
  • Through the needle biopsy of pancreatic cysts
  • Confocal laser examination (microscope through the endoscope) of pancreatic cysts
  • Radiofrequency ablation and chemical ablation of pancreatic cysts and tumors
  • Celiac plexus block for chronic abdominal pain in chronic pancreatitis
  • EUS guided cannulation of common bile duct or pancreatic duct in failed ERCP cases

Current Clinical Trials and Prospective Studies Offerings

  • Prospective Evaluation of Chronic Pancreatitis for Epidemiologic and Translational Studies - PROCEED Study
  • Phase IIa trial evaluating the safety of intratumoral injection of nanopac in subjects with locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  • Phase I/IIa trial evaluating safety of load703, an armed oncolytic adenovirus for pancreatic cancer (lokon001)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound guided pancreatic cyst ablation with a monopolar radiofrequency ablation probe
  • Phase IIa trial evaluating the safety of intratumoral injection of nanopac in subjects with pancreatic cysts.
  • Effect of hypnotherapy on quality of life in patients with chronic pancreatitis
  • Early detection of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency in patients presenting with diarrhea
  • Establishment of database of patients with pancreatic cystic lesions who underwent endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration
  • Establishment of database of patients with chronic pancreatitis
  • Pancreas center tissue bank specimen collection
  • Pancreatic screening program database
  • EUS (Endoscopic Ultrasound) findings in patients with low fecal elastase