UVA is one of nine new centers designated by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF) for advanced treatment of pancreatitis and related disorders. These newly designated centers join 38 others around the country which have passed a rigorous review by the NPF to ensure they have the required expertise to provide cutting-edge multidisciplinary care to patients with pancreatitis. In addition, centers certified by the NPF are actively engaged in research to improve future care for these patients. UVA is the only medical center in Virginia with the NPF Center designation.
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology faculty member Daniel Strand, MD, spearheaded the effort to win NPF center status, and will head up the UVA Center going forward. According to Strand, the NPF center designation will “help spotlight UVA’s excellence in clinical care of pancreatitis through its Center for Digestive Health, and encourage collaborative research efforts with other institutions through the NPF’s National Patient Registry.”