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Comprehensive Pancreatobiliary Disorders and Islet Autologous Transplantation Clinic

This multidisciplinary clinic was developed to provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for a wide variety of non-malignant pancreatic and biliary diseases, in particular chronic pancreatitis.

Here are a few of the amazing stories that are
unfolding at The Nebraska Medical Center.

Pancreas and Biliary Disorders Clinic

The multidisciplinary Pancreas and Biliary Disorders Clinic, explained by Nurse Coordinator Christy Sailors, was developed to provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for a wide variety of non-malignant pancreatic and biliary diseases. Specifically, acute and chronic pancreatitis is focused on.


Islet Cell Transplant - Linda's Story

For seven years, Linda Elonich lived with the excruciating pain of pancreatitis attacks. The Omaha woman says it started suddenly in her sleep -- pain so severe she couldn't speak. She thought she was dying. She underwent several surgeries over the next several years, but the attacks continued.


Katie's Story

Katie Eastman had suffered excruciating pain for five years. Other doctors and hospitals tried, but couldn't figure out what was wrong. After coming to The Nebraska Medical Center, she was diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis, and her road to recovery started. A pancreatectomy and islet auto transplant now has Katie living pain-free.


Charlene's Story

Charlene Stehlik suffered for more than 20 years with abdominal pain. After being referred to the Comprehensive Pancreatobiliary Disorders and Islet Autologous Transplantation Clinic at The Nebraska Medical Center, she was diagnosed with Constant Pancreatitis. After her transplant, Charlene now lives a pain-free life.


Pancreas and Biliary Disorders Clinic

The multidisciplinary Pancreas and Biliary Disorders Clinic, explained by Surgeon Dr. Luciano Vargas, was developed to provide a full spectrum of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for a wide variety of non-malignant pancreatic and biliary diseases. Specifically, acute and chronic pancreatitis is focused on.


10/10 Finding Balance

The pain that Rachel Smith felt just under her breastbone was like no pain she had ever felt before. It was debilitating pain; pain that caused her to drop to the floor unable to stand pain. On a scale of one to 10, it was a 10.


The Nebraska Medical Center’s multidisciplinary clinic is staffed weekly by two gastroenterologists who have a special interest and expertise in the pancreas and biliary system(Dr. Shailender Singh and Dr. Grant Hutchins), a surgical specialist with extensive experience in pancreatic and biliary surgery (Dr. Luciano Vargas) and a skilled endocrinologist (Dr. Brian Boerner).
The Nebraska Medical Center has a clinical nurse coordinator dedicated to this patient population as well as 24/7/365 nurse coverage for patient/physician calls.
The Nebraska Medical Center has a committed and experienced dietician (Karley Culwell) available for assistance with any nutritional questions.
The Nebraska Medical Center can offer treatment options including specialized diagnostic testing, medication management, endoscopic procedures, surgical intervention and islet auto transplantation.

Our multidisciplinary transplant team includes transplant surgeons, gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, psychologists, psychiatrists, pharmacologists, clinical nurse coordinators, dietitians, pain management services, financial counselors, social services, pastoral services, patient relations coordinators and others dedicated to providing extraordinary care to patients and their families.

The Pancreas Disease Clinic teams of physicians are supported by
a multidisciplinary group of specialists.

Clinic Team
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Luciano Vargas, Jr., MD

Wendy Grant, MD

Shailender Singh, MD

Grant Hutchins, MD

Brian Boerner, MD

Christina Sailors

Lucie Case