Southwest Ohio's Center for Liver and Pancreas Diagnosis and Treatment

The liver and pancreas perform essential functions related to digestion and metabolism.

  • Liver: The liver is located in the right side of the abdomen. This large, glandular organ releases bile, which aids digestion. The liver also helps maintain healthy metabolism, in which the body converts or uses energy. Another vital function of the liver is storing and filtering blood.
  • Pancreas: This glandular, spongy organ is located at the back of the abdomen. It releases enzymes —chemicals that aid digestion. These enzymes help digest fats, carbohydrates and acids. The pancreas also puts insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These chemicals control how much sugar is in the blood.
  • Biliary Tree: This system carries bile into the duodenum (part of the small intestine) and carries other substances to the small intestine to help with digestion. The biliary tree includes bile ducts, the gallbladder, which stores and concentrates bile, and some cells inside the liver.

Every year, about 100,000 people are diagnosed with cancers of the liver, pancreas and biliary system (the system that involves movement of bile in the body). Other non-cancerous conditions, such as cysts and gallstones, may affect the liver and pancreas.

Disorders of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree may be serious and even life threatening. Correct diagnosis and prompt, effective treatment can minimize problems from these disorders.

We Are the Shortest Distance Between Diagnosis and Comprehensive Treatment

Mercy Health’s Liver and Pancreas Center, located at The Jewish Hospital — Mercy Health, is southwest Ohio’s premier center for diagnosis and treatment of liver, pancreatic and biliary disorders. Experts at the center have experience recognizing and treating even unusual disorders.


Liver Disorders

  • acute liver failure
  • alcoholic liver disease
  • benign masses of liver
  • Budd-Chiari syndrome
  • cancers that have metastasized to the liver
  • chronic liver failure
  • cirrhosis and its complications
  • complications of portal hypertension
  • cysts of the liver
  • fatty liver disease
  • focal nodular hyperplasia (FNH)
  • hemangioma
  • hepatic adenoma
  • hepatic encephalopathy
  • hepatitis B and C
  • hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • hepatopulmonary syndrome
  • hepatorenal syndrome, including colorectal cancer and neuroendocrine tumors
  • liver abscess
  • portal vein thrombosis
  • spontaneous bacterial peritonitis
  • sub-acute liver failure
  • upper gastrointestinal tract (GI) bleeding
  • variceal bleeding

Pancreatic Disorders

  •  acute pancreatitis
  •  benign and malignant apullary adenoma
  •  benign masses of pancreas
  •  chronic pancreatitis
  •  cysts and cystic neoplasms of the pancreas
  •  duodenal diverticulum and adenoma
  •  metastatic pancreatic cancer
  •  pancreatic abscess
  •  pancreatic adenocarcinoma
  •  pancreatic intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm (IPMN)
  •  pancreatic mucinous cystic neoplasm
  •  pancreatic necrosis
  •  pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor
  •  pancreatic pseudocyst
  •  primary pancreatic cancer

Biliary Tree Disorders

  •  acute cholangitis
  •  acute cholecystitis
  •  benign biliary polyps
  •  bile duct cancer
  •  biliary dyskinesia
  •  biliary strictures
  •  cholangiocarcinoma (Klatskin tumor)
  •  choledochal cysts
  •  choledochal stones
  •  complex bile duct injury
  •  gallbladder cancer
  •  gallstone ileus
  •  gallstones


Liver Procedures

  •  angiogram with embolization
  •  chemotherapy
  •  cholangiography
  •  complex liver surgery
  •  endoscopic ultrasound
  •  image guided liver biopsy
  •  intraoperative ultrasound
  •  laparoscopic surgery
  •  liver directed chemotherapy
  •  liver tumor ablation (microwave ablation and radiofrequency ablation)
  •  magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography (MRCP)
  •  open surgery
  •  positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT)
  •  percutaneous transhepatic cholangiography (PTC)
  •  radiation therapy
  •  robotic surgery
  •  transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt  (TIPS)
  •  transjugular liver biopsy
  •  triphasic liver CT scanning
  •  ultrasound guided aspiration and drain placement 

Pancreatic Procedures

  •  chemotherapy
  •  complex pancreatic surgery
  •  endoscopic cystenteric drainage
  •  endoscopic ultrasound
  •  endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography (ERCP)
  •  laparoscopic surgery
  •  open surgery
  •  radiation therapy
  •  robotic surgery
  •  sphincter of oddi manometry and sphincteroplasty
  •  Whipple procedure

Biliary Tree Procedures

  •  chemotherapy
  •  cholescintigraphy (hydroxyl iminodiacetic acid scan – HIDA) scan)
  •  complex bile duct injury repair
  •  endoscopic ultrasound
  •  ERCO (endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreaticography)
  •  laparoscopic surgery
  •  open surgery
  •  radiation therapy
  •  robotic surgery
  •  transabdominal ultrasound

 If you may have a liver or pancreatic disorder, you or your physician can call the Liver and Pancreas Center.