Liver and pancreas diseases are often complex, requiring expertise from multiple specialists. At Cleveland Clinic in Florida, you receive care from a team of leading experts. We’re among the few centers nationwide to be designated a National Pancreas Foundation Center of Excellence.
Our gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgeons, radiologists and nutritionists work together to provide seamless care. We’re among the few programs in the region that can treat all liver and pancreatic conditions.
Liver and Pancreas Diseases at Cleveland Clinic in Florida: Why Choose Us?
Our multidisciplinary approach sets us apart. Highlights of our care include:
- Dedicated team: You receive care from specialists who focus exclusively on liver and pancreas diseases. You have access to gastroenterologists, hepatologists, surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and nutritionists with decades of experience in these conditions. Meet our team.
- Surgical expertise: If you need liver, bile duct or pancreas surgery, you’re in expert hands. Surgeons at Cleveland Clinic in Florida are among the best in the nation, performing a high volume of these specialized procedures. Learn more about liver and pancreas surgery.
- Pancreatic excellence: The National Pancreas Foundation has recognized Cleveland Clinic Weston Hospital’s Pancreas Center as a Center of Excellence. Only centers that provide consistent, high-quality care for pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer earn this recognition. Learn more about our care for pancreatic diseases.
- Liver transplant leader: Our team provides comprehensive care for even the most complex liver conditions. Patients come to us from across the U.S. because of our exceptional liver transplant outcomes. Learn more about our Liver Transplant Program.
Liver Disease Care
We provide the full range of medical and surgical therapies for any type of liver disease. Our hepatologists, radiologists, surgeons and nutritionists are dedicated to liver conditions, making them respected experts in this field of medicine.
Multiple specialists work together to provide comprehensive care for liver disease. We meet weekly to discuss cases and determine the most effective treatment. Our expertise attracts a high volume of patients, including those with rare or complex conditions.
Every aspect of liver treatment — from nutrition to surgery — is available with our program. We can provide seamless, customized care because we have the full range of specialties. This comprehensive approach allows us to deliver the most precise and effective plan for your needs.
Liver Conditions We Treat
Before treatment for liver disease, we provide a comprehensive diagnosis. Our team orders blood tests to rule out other health conditions. Our surgeons closely examine the level of liver scarring, which predicts outcomes. We have the most advanced technology to non-invasively stage liver disease.
In some cases, we perform a liver biopsy (sample of your liver tissue) using a minimally invasive procedure. Our care features pathologists who specialize in diagnosing liver diseases, so you receive the most accurate, detailed results.
We have decades of experience treating:
- Alcohol-related liver disease, including alcohol-induced hepatitis, alcohol-related cirrhosis and alcohol-related fatty liver disease.
- Inherited liver diseases, including acute hepatic porphyria (AHP), Gilbert’s syndrome, hemochromatosis, Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency and Wilson disease.
- Liver cancer.
- Liver failure.
- Non-alcohol-related fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
- Viral hepatitis, including hepatitis A, B, C, D and E.
Comprehensive Care for Liver Disease
Treating liver diseases requires a medical team that understands how these conditions affect your entire body. Our multidisciplinary team provides:
- Nutrition expertise: Our Center for Human Nutrition cares exclusively for patients with complex nutritional needs. You receive detailed counseling and ongoing support from highly trained registered dieticians, dietetic technicians and nurses. Learn more about our GI nutrition program.
- Medical therapy: Our physicians know the latest and most effective therapies for liver disease. Our expertise allows us to customize your medication plan for maximum results and minimal side effects.
- Endoscopy: We are leaders in endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to diagnose liver and biliary conditions. With endoscopy, we guide a tube down your throat, so you have no outside incisions. Learn more about advanced GI endoscopy.
- Surgical options: Liver surgery is an effective treatment for many cases of liver cancer. Our dedicated surgeons provide advanced procedures, including minimally invasive liver ablation and liver resection. Find out more about liver surgery.
- Liver transplant: Advanced liver disease may require replacing the diseased liver with a donor liver. We’re a national leader in liver transplant surgery, providing transplants for a high volume of patients. Learn more about liver transplant.
Pancreas Disease Care
Our center is a National Pancreatic Foundation Center of Excellence, one of only four in Florida. We earned this recognition by providing comprehensive, exceptional care for pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis.
The Pancreas Center includes a multidisciplinary group of gastroenterologists, nutritionists, geneticists, radiologists and surgeons. Here, you have access to a dedicated team of pancreas specialists all in one place. This partnership means you receive the best treatment for you, regardless of the care you need.
Pancreatic Conditions We Treat
Our team can treat any type of benign or cancerous pancreatic condition, including the most complex cases. We provide care for:
- Pancreatic cancer: We develop a fully customized plan in partnership with our nationally accredited cancer centers. Your treatment may include chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery or a combination of these. Your treatment may also include procedures to improve your quality of life, such as stents to improve jaundice and endoscopic or radiologic procedures for pain relief. We walk you through each step and provide ongoing care for all your needs.
- Pancreatitis: Chronic pancreatitis requires long-term care from pancreas specialists. Based on your needs, we provide ongoing care through medications, nutritional therapy, surgery and minimally invasive interventional endoscopy and radiology procedures.
- Genetic risk of pancreatic diseases: Some types of pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis run in families. We provide genetic testing for people with a high risk of genetic (inherited) pancreatic diseases. Then, compassionate genetic counselors explain your results and help guide your treatment. Our team of pancreas experts develops an individualized strategy to screen for pancreatic cancer if you have a high risk. Your plan may include MRI imaging, endoscopic ultrasound and laboratory testing.
- Pancreatic cysts: Certain pancreatic cysts can progress to cancer. We provide advanced imaging and endoscopic ultrasound tests to diagnose and assess cancer risk. When cysts cause symptoms or have a high risk of turning into cancer, we provide minimally invasive surgery and specialized endoscopic ablation therapies.
Comprehensive Care for Pancreatic Disease
Our multidisciplinary approach to pancreatic diseases allows us to provide every type of care you need. Our Pancreas Center offers:
- Nutrition expertise: Our Center for Human Nutrition includes a team of gastroenterologists with expertise in oral and intravenous nutrition therapy. You also have access to highly trained dietetic technicians, registered dieticians and dedicated nurses. This team is skilled in effective nutritional therapy for people with pancreas conditions. Learn more about our GI nutrition program.
- Medications and vitamins: Our experienced team customizes a medication and supplement plan to improve your quality of life. We work with you to manage your symptoms and digestive problems while minimizing side effects.
- Endoscopy: We provide minimally invasive endoscopic procedures to diagnose and treat pancreatic disease. Our specialists use endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) to access the pancreas without traditional surgery. Read more about surgical endoscopy.
- Surgery: Pancreatic cancer usually requires surgery to remove the cancer and sometimes the surrounding tissues. Our surgeons are experienced in pancreatic resection and the Whipple procedure for complex cases. Our surgical team also has expertise in minimally invasive surgical approaches for chronic pancreatitis and complex pancreatic cysts. Find out more about pancreas surgery at Cleveland Clinic in Florida.