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Providing comprehensive, multi-specialty care for conditions involving the liver, pancreas and related areas of the digestive system.

Your hepatobiliary (HPB) system is complex, and all parts of the system need to work well together to digest food and absorb the nutrients you need for optimum health. Your HPB system includes:

  • Liver — Processes food and converts it into energy; breaks down toxic substances; stores vitamins and minerals; and creates bile
  • Bile — Substance that aids in breaking down fats
  • Bile ducts — Transport bile from the liver to the intestine
  • Gallbladder — Stores bile
  • Pancreas — Produces enzymes to break down food and secretes insulin to help control blood sugar

If you experience problems with your HPB system, it is important for you to see a specialist for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Why Choose Vassar

The Liver and Pancreas Center at Vassar offers leading-edge diagnostic and treatment options for patients, close to home. Our state-of-the-art technology coupled with the hands of highly capable, specialized liver and pancreas physicians on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center means that you and your family have access to everything you need right here in our patient-friendly environment. Our compassionate care team includes nurses, many of whom are specially trained.

Easy, Quick Access

The team at Vassar is committed to seeing you and your family promptly for care. Our Liver and Pancreas Nurse Navigator will take your call directly, or return your call within 24 hours. Our commitment is to get you in as soon as possible, often on the same day.

Specialists Working Together for You

We bring together specialists on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in a range of disciplines who work together to arrive at your diagnosis and personalized treatment approach.* You may even be able to consult with several specialists during one visit, saving you time and avoiding treatment delays. The team includes physicians from these specialties:

  • Surgical oncology/hepatobiliary surgery
  • Medical oncology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hepatology
  • Interventional gastroenterology
  • Interventional radiology
  • Radiation oncology
  • Pathology
  • Diagnostic imaging
  • Anesthesiology
  • Supportive care medicine

As a patient, you also will have access to the services of a compassionate Nurse Navigator who will help you schedule your appointments, and provide the education and support you need before, during and after your treatment.

Team Approach

Specialists at the Liver and Pancreas Center work together to confer about your diagnosis determine a treatment plan and deliver the personalized care you deserve.

The team of specialists:

  • Meet weekly to discuss new cases and review patient imaging
  • Meet at least monthly with a multidisciplinary tumor board to discuss complex cases
  • Are often available for same-day or next-day appointments
  • Are able to provide a timely diagnosis and treatment plan
  • Are available for second opinion consultation

Your Team

Dr Khurram Ashraf, MD
Gastroenterology
Khurram Ashraf, DO


Gastroenterology
Robert Dean, MD

Elmi Farshad
Gastroenterology
Farshad Elmi, MD


Gastroenterology
Tamer Sargios, MD

Gastroenterology
Domenico Viterbo, MD, PhD


Gastroenterology
Simona Meca, MD

Surgical Oncology
Ryan Swan, MD
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Surgical Oncology
James Nitzkorski, MD
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Surgical Oncology
Caitlin O'Shaughnessy

Interventional Radiology
Jonathan Crystal, MD


Interventional Radiology
Bryan Yen, MD


Interventional Radiology
Mira Herman, MD

Camilo Torres, MD

Radiation Oncology
Camilo Torres, MD


Radiation Oncology
Edward Farhangi, MD


Radiation Oncology
Thomas Mazzilli, MD


Radiation Oncology
Dimitrios Papadopoulos, MD

Robert Smith, MD

Radiation Oncology
Robert Smith, MD


Medical Oncology
James Leonardo,MD
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Medical Oncology
Inder Lal, MD, MBBS


Medical Oncology
Radhika Rachamalla, MD


Supportive Care Medicine
Mary Dunne, MD

Access to Clinical Trials

The physicians on the medical staff at Vassar conduct advanced research through clinical trials to help evaluate new treatments and advance care. * You may want to discuss with your physician whether participation in a clinical trial would be right for you. Learn more about cancer clinical trials offered at Vassar.

Wide Range of Conditions Treated

The physicians on the medical staff of Vassar Brothers Medical Center at the Center treat a variety of conditions associated with benign and malignant disease of the hepatobiliary system.* These include:

Tumors:

  • Liver cancer (hepatocellular carcinoma, HCC)
  • Bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma, including hilar tumors aka "Klatskin" tumors)
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Duodenal and ampullary cancer
  • Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor (including spread to the liver)
  • Metastatic tumors to the liver including colorectal cancer as well as some tumors spread from other sites
  • Carcinoid tumors of the intestine (including spread to the liver)

Diseases:

  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Bile duct disease, stricture, injury, stones
  • Cirrhosis
  • Liver abscess
  • Hepatitis
  • Benign liver lesions (such as hemangioma, adenoma, FNH)
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
  • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatitis (chronic and acute)
  • Primary bilary cholangitis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Venous disease
  • Wilson's disease

On-Site, State-of-the-Art Diagnostics

We can perform a variety of diagnostic tests right at Vassar, so you don't need to spend the time to travel elsewhere to help reach a diagnosis. Every specialist on your care team will have access to the results, and they will work together to determine the best treatment approach for you. These may include:

  • CT Scanning
  • PET-CT
  • MRI/ MRCP
  • Ultrasound
  • Image-guided biopsy
  • Hepatobiliary scintigraphy
  • Percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography and drainage

Advanced Procedures Offered

  • Biliary stenting and drainage
  • Chemoembolization of liver tumors
  • Chemotherapy
  • Endoscopic and laparoscopic cystogastrostomy drainage of pancreatic pseudocyst
  • Duodenal stents
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection
  • Immunotherapy
  • Liver resection (including vena cava resection if needed)
  • Bile duct resection and reconstruction for tumor or injury
  • Pancreas resection (including Whipple procedure with portal vein resection if needed)
  • Laparoscopic liver and pancreas resection
  • Pancreatic drainage procedures for chronic pancreatitis
  • Laparoscopic and endoscopic pancreatic necrosectomy for acute necrotizing pancreatitis
  • Portal vein embolization (PVE)
  • Portal vein stenting and thrombolysis
  • Percutaneous and laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation (RFA) and microwave ablation
  • Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS)
  • Transjugular liver biopsy
  • Y-90 (Radioembolization)

*In the spirit of keeping you well-informed, the physician identified is neither an agent nor an employee of Health Quest or any of its affiliate organizations. This physician has selected our facilities as the place where he wants to treat and care for his private patients.