Comprehensive Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Tumor Board
The St. John Providence Health System (SJPHS) HPB Tumor Board is a system-wide multidisciplinary conference that focuses on evidence-based, best practice management for tumors of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and bile ducts.
The diagnosis and treatment of each patient is thoroughly reviewed by a team of nationally and internationally recognized experts in HPB diseases. The Tumor Board is simultaneously teleconferenced at 3 cancer center sites across SJPHS, each accredited by the Commission on Cancer. It is free of charge, HIPAA compliant, and an exclusive benefit offered to patients and physicians within SJPHS.
The multidisciplinary team includes:
- Surgical Oncologists
- Medical Oncologists
- Radiation Oncologists
- Geneticist and Genetic Counselor
- HPB Surgery Fellow
- Surgical Residents
- Hematology Oncology Fellows
- Dedicated HPB Nurse Practitioners and Patient Navigators
- Nursing Staff
The SJPHS Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Programs are led by Michael Jacobs, MD; Richard Berri, MD; and Janak Parikh, MD. The programs specialize in the surgical management of all tumors and diseases of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, and biliary tract. Basic and advanced surgical procedures are offered, such as open or laparoscopic/robotic liver and pancreas resections, including laparoscopic Whipple operations and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC).
Regionally, our program has consistently demonstrated some of the lowest mortality, morbidity, and readmission rates. Additionally, our high patient satisfaction scores are the result of our individualized, patient-centered approach to care.
When to Refer a Patient
- Any patient with a known or suspected benign or malignant tumor or disease of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, or biliary tract is a candidate for referral.
- Examples of diseases that we treat include: Pancreatic Cancer; Pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors; Pancreatic cysts and masses; Chronic pancreatitis; Primary and metastatic liver tumors; Colorectal liver metastases; Cholangiocarcinoma/ Bile duct cancer; Gallbladder cancer; Gallbladder disease; Peritoneal carcinomatosis; and Pseudomyxoma peritonei
How to Refer a Patient
Physicians or patients themselves can make referrals and appointments to our SJPHS Hepatobiliary and Pancreas Program by calling our Cancer Care Coordinator at 866-246-4673. Our dedicated nurse practitioners and patient navigators will contact the referring physician and/or patient to exchange additional information and to make all arrangements needed prior to the patient’s evaluation. This streamlines the process for patients and referring physicians. Our physician experts are also directly available to serve as consultants for any questions regarding current clinical trials, latest advances in care, and evaluation & management strategies.
A Patient Centered Approach - What to expect
At SJPHS we provide compassionate care and excellent communication with referring physicians and healthcare providers. We appreciate the opportunity to provide your patients with second opinions and cancer specialty care. Our commitment includes:
- Prompt appointments: Patients are offered visits within one week.
- Availability to schedule appointments Monday - Friday.
- Timely and comprehensive communication with referring physicians and healthcare providers regarding evaluations and recommended treatments.
- Collaboration on care plans that enables follow-up services through your local Provider or hospital whenever possible.