John Theurer Cancer Center and Hackensack University Medical Center To Host Seminal Pancreaticobiliary Symposium

October 29, 2014 04:49 PM

John Theurer Cancer Center (JTCC) at Hackensack University Medical Center (HackensackUMC), one of the nation’s top 50 best hospitals for cancer, today announced the upcoming Pancreaticobiliary Symposium on Sunday, November 2nd from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. at the Center. The long-awaited educational event provides physicians, nurses and other healthcare providers with a review of state-of-the-art diagnostic, medical and surgical management of pancreatic cancer and features expert presentations on topics such as screening, medical management of pancreatic cancer and the future of treatment. Other issues to be covered include the unique surgical challenges in pediatric pancreaticobiliary disease, surgery for unresectable pancreas cancer and advanced endoscopic management of benign pancreas disease.

“With nearly 40,000 patients succumbing to pancreatic cancer, it is considered one of the most challenging diseases of our time - even with today's medicines and technologies. Pancreatic cancer often has a poor prognosis even when diagnosed early, and typically spreads rapidly. Therefore, it is imperative that we hold forums such as this so that medical professionals continue to educate themselves on the most advanced treatments and techniques available for patients suffering from this disease,” states Andrew A. Jennis, chief of the Division of Gastrointestinal Oncology at JTCC, a symposium presenter. 

Additional topics to be covered at the symposium include:

  • Oncologic strategies for inoperable pancreas cancer
  • How to downstage pancreas cancer pre-operatively with chemotherapy
  • Future trends in treatment, advanced endoscopic techniques to manage bile duct stricture and cystic fluid collection in the pancreas
  • The role of cytology in pancreaticobiliary disease
  • How can data from the National Pancreas Cyst Registry help risk-stratify patients with pancreas cysts

Symposia presenters include:

  • Rosario Ligresti, M.D., Division Chief of Gastroenterology
  • Martin Gutierrez, M.D., Director of the Drug Discovery and Phase I Unit
  • Keith Kuenzler, M.D., FACS, FAAP, Surgeon-in-Chief of Joseph M. Sanzari Children's Hospital at HackensackUMC
  • Jason C. Fisher, M.D., Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center
  • John Chabot, M.D., FACS, Chief of the Division of GI/Endocrine Surgery at New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
  • Michel Kahaleh, M.D., Chief of Endoscopy at Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Carlie Sigel, M.D., Division of Gastrointestinal Cytology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
  • Christina Narick, M.D., Gastrointestinal Cytologist at Redpath Integrated Pathology

Accreditation is available for physicians and nurses in their continuing medical education. 

For more information or to register for the event, contact Evan Epper, RN, at

About the Gastrointestinal Oncology Division at John Theurer Cancer Center

The Gastrointestinal Oncology Division is a specialized team of professionals who are dedicated to preventing, diagnosing, treating and managing cancers of the gastrointestinal system. Comprised of experts in gastroenterology, surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology, pathology and nursing, this specialized program provides patients suffering from pancreatic and other cancers with the exact types of services they need to battle their disease and its physical, emotional and social side effects.

About John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center
John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center is among the nation’s top 50 U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals for Cancer – the highest ranked in New Jersey with this designation. It is New Jersey's largest and most comprehensive cancer center dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, management, research, screenings, preventive care, as well as survivorship of patients with all types of cancer.


Each year, more people in the New Jersey/New York metropolitan area turn to John Theurer Cancer Center for cancer care than to any other facility in New Jersey. The 14 specialized divisions feature a team of medical, research, nursing, and support staff with specialized expertise that translates into more advanced, focused care for all patients. John Theurer Cancer Center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care, state of the art technology, and access to clinical trials, compassionate care and medical expertise— all under one roof. Physicians at John Theurer Cancer Center are members of Regional Cancer Care Associates, one of the nation’s largest professional hematology/oncology groups. For more information please visit


About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,250 beds, nearly 10,000 employees and 2,700 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2014-15. It is one of the top 30 hospitals in the nation by receiving 11 national specialty rankings, including a national ranking for the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital in Neurology and Neurosurgery in the 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals. The children’s hospital is housed with the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital in the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, and was included on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is among Healthgrades® America’s Best 100 Hospitals in five different areas, is one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ for eight years in a row, and received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 12 years in a row. The medical center has also been named a Leapfrog Top Hospital, and received 23 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament and the NY/NJ Super Bowl XLV111 Host Committee. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit:






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