Advanced Treatment for Pancreas Disorders

Johns Hopkins Pancreas Islet Transplant Program

Our program offers a procedure for people who need pancreas removal due to conditions such as pancreatitis. We were the first in the U.S. to perform laparoscopic and robotic versions of this procedure.

About Total Pancreatectomy and Islet Autotransplantation

Total pancreatectomy means removal of the pancreas. Pancreas creates digestive enzymes for food digestion and insulin to control blood sugar. To compensate for the missing pancreas, insulin-producing cells in the pancreas (islets) are transplanted to the liver. The pancreas is processed in a machine that isolates the islets, which are then placed in an IV bag with a solution and infused into the liver.

Why Choose Johns Hopkins Islet Autotransplant Program?

Multidisciplinary Team

Our multidisciplinary team of surgeons, endocrinologists and physicians ensure patients receive the best quality care.

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Advanced Treatments

We perform minimally invasive pancreas removal and simultaneous islet isolation, which doesn’t require feeding tubes after the procedure.

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Groundbreaking Research

Researchers and physicians continue to make ongoing discoveries in the advancement of chronic pancreatitis treatment and overall improvement of clinical care.

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Meet Our Specialists

Nurse Practitioner Staff
Christi Walsh, MSN, CRNP

Nurse Practitioner and Director of Clinical Research
Johns Hopkins Hospital
Baltimore, MD

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Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about why total pancreatectomy and islet autotransplantation may be necessary.