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The American Pancreatic Association is a membership organization for physicians and researchers interested in diseases of the exocrine pancreas. Our mission is to foster clinical and basic science research needed to cure diseases of the pancreas. We strive to continue advancing the field of research, while training the next generation of researchers devoted to finding a cure for these deadly diseases.

Recognizing that progress in understanding, diagnosing, and treating pancreatic diseases requires multidisciplinary analysis, the APA is reaching out to broaden the participation from pancreas-related disciplines, which perhaps have been underrepresented in the past: endoscopy, radiology, and pathology, among others. Our annual meeting is the cornerstone of our organization and allows us to bring together these groups to discuss current topics in pancreatic diseases.

APA Governing Board


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Miklos Sahin-Toth, MD, PhD

President

Email: miklos@bu.edu

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Ashok Saluja, PhD

Secretary & Treasurer

Email: asaluja@miami.edu

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Darwin Conwell, MD

President-Elect

Email: Darwin.Conwell@osumc.edu

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Margaret Tempero, MD

Councilor (year 3)

Email: margaret.tempero@ucsf.edu

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Anil Rustgi, MD

Councilor (year 2)

Email: nil2@mail.med.upenn.edu

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O. Joe Hines, MD, FACS

Councilor (year 1)

Email: joehines@mednet.ucla.edu

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Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo, MD

Past President

Email: cfernandez@partners.org

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Message from the President

Dear Friends: On behalf of our society’s governing board and our organizing committees, I am honored to welcome you back to San Diego for the 48th Annual Meeting of the American Pancreatic Association. In recent years APA membership overwhelmingly supported the selection of meeting locations with warm weather, palm trees and sandy beaches, so here we go again. This wonderful venue is complemented by an exciting program supported by nearly 300 abstract submissions from 24 different countries. The program selection committees put together a diverse and stimulating program that highlights recent developments in clinical and basic research on acute and chronic pancreatitis and pancreatic cancer. I am proud to say that pediatric pancreatitis will also receive special emphasis with expert speakers contributing to several sessions. The pre-meeting symposium this year is entitled “Pancreatitis: Innovations and Emerging Research in a Complex Disease” and it brings together experts from all segments of pancreatitis research to discuss recent achievements and remaining knowledge gaps in the field. We are particularly thrilled to showcase NIDDK-sponsored research programs on pancreatitis, and we hope this symposium will also help us draw attention to the urgent need for more young investigators in this area of research. The main meeting will utilize the traditional formats of abstract-driven sessions and minisymposia to cover a variety of basic and clinical problems related to the diseases of the pancreas. Cutting-edge topics will be addressed such as the role of precision medicine in pancreatitis management, imaging and radiomics in pancreatic cancer, novel therapeutic targets in pancreatitis, and immunotherapy in pancreatic cancer. Probably our most anticipated program point will be the clinical controversy session in which four dedicated experts will debate the contentious issue of whether or not we can diagnose early chronic pancreatitis. No matter how heated the discussions may become, we can always come together and find common ground over the many meals and social programs the APA meetings always offer and this year will be no exception. Finally, we are immensely grateful to our sponsors and we extend our thanks to the APA Board, the program committees, APA secretary Ashok Saluja and the APA office for their hard work and dedication that ultimately made this fantastic meeting happen. We all hope you will have a great time here in San Diego.

Miklos Sahin-Toth, MD, PhD
President

American Pancreatic Association Foundation

The American Pancreatic Association Foundation was officially launched in 2013 with the goal of providing charitable, educational and research support for American Pancreatic Association’s initiatives and missions. It was incorporated in the state of Minnesota as a 501(c)3 organization.

The APA Foundation Inaugural Board of Directors consists of Dr. Steve Pandol, Dr. Ed Bradley, Dr. William Chey, Ms. Agi Hirschberg, Dr. Barbara Kenner, Dr. Howard Reber, Dr. Peter Banks, Dr. Andrew Warshaw, Dr. Paul Webster, and Dr. Ed Purich. Dr. Ashok Saluja serves as treasurer, and Dr. Vay Liang W. (Bill) Go is Chair of the Board.

The Board started to function in 2014. The APA Foundation contributed to the APA 2017 Young Investigators in Pancreatitis Grant Program.

The future of our society and its mission as well as the development of our discipline is in our own hands. Please consider contributing to the APA Foundation by sending a check to Dr. Ashok Saluja.

Pancreas Journal

Pancreas is the official journal of the American Pancreatic Association. Pancreas provides a central forum for communication of original works involving both basic and clinical research on the exocrine and endocrine pancreas and their interrelationships and consequences in disease states. This multidisciplinary, international journal covers the whole spectrum of basic sciences, etiology, prevention, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and surgical and medical management of pancreatic diseases, including cancer.

APA Members receive free online access to Pancreas and discounted subscription rates for the hard copy of the journal. New member names are submitted to Wolters Kluwer for each edition and they will send an email with access information. To ensure you receive this important email, be sure to add info@mylwwjournals.com to your email contact list and/or safe sender list. If you have any questions on how to access your account, please contact memberservice@lww.com or 866-489-0433 (within the US) or 301-223-2300 (outside of the US).

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Pancreatitis Book

We are writing to call your attention to an exciting new endeavor of the Pancreapedia and the American Pancreatic Association. This is the book "Pancreatitis", the first comprehensive coverage of this important disease in many years. It consists of 65 chapters by experts in their field divided into four sections, "Experimental Pancreatitis", "Acute Pancreatitis", "Chronic Pancreatitis", and "Autoimmune Pancreatitis". The book describes the genesis, experimental animal models, and diagnosis and treatment of clinical pancreatitis. The hard cover printed book can be purchased from Amazon.com for $85 or downloaded as an open access PDF from the Pancreapedia to your desktop for reading or printing as you desire.

Past APA Presidents

We have so many past individuals that they served as presidents of American Pancreatic Association.
You can view the full list by following below link.