Welcome To PancreasFest 2022

Last Updated (October 5, 2022): 

Update: – PancreasFest Returns!!  Planning for PF23 is underway. Stay tuned.

Dates: July 27-28, 2023 (in person) 


The Venue for PF23 will be the same as PF22 (Univ. Pittsburgh Campus) but hotel rates may change.


(Click here to Download Program PDF22 as of June 22, 2022. Subject to Change)

Faculty and Special Guests (click here)


    Registrants need to register on the CCEHS site prior to registering for the program (https://cce.upmc.com/pancreasfest-2022).  Once registered through CCEHS you will be linked to the registration site. This is to ensure that appropriate accreditation can be accessed after the event. Faculty are already registered and should not register again here.


We will return to the Wm Penn Student Union on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh

Pitt Student Union Building

Book your Hotel!

     See instructions this link to the Venue/Hotel page (Click here)


Abstracts: Abstracts are being accepted to present at the Poster Sessions at PF22.  Abstracts are REQUIRED for travel scholarship (above) – but encouraged for all participants.  Abstracts can that are less than a year old from other meetings can be presented.  Deadline for abstracts is July 1, 2022

     Posters:  All accepted abstracts will be presented as Posters.

     Instructions:  Click here for abstract guidelines and instructions.

Breakout Sessions (Click Here) Thursday from 4:15 PM to 5:30 PM.  

For more information, or to request time for presentation of a clinical research study (Thursday, July 21, 2022 PM) – (click here to contact Joy Merusi)

Pancreas 360 Committee

Organizing Committee

    • Maisam Abu-El-Haija MD MS
    • Randall Brand MD
    • Darwin Conwell MD MS
    • Steve Hughes MD
    • David C Whitcomb MD PhD

Administrative Director

NIDDK Workshop: 

Clinical Trials in Pancreatitis: Opportunities and Challenges in the Design and Conduct of Patient-Focused Clinical Trials in Recurrent Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis.

Link To Workshop WebsiteRegistration Required (click here)

An exciting new NIDDK Workshop is being developed for July 20, 2022, Pittsburgh, PA. This is immediately BEFORE PancreasFest (same location, different venue). The agenda and registration information will be posted soon.

(click for workshop poster)

Save the Date: July 20, 2022  


Annual Meeting and Award Lecture 

Session V:  CAPER Presentations

            Moderators:  Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD, MS and Samuel Han, MD, MS

            1:30     CAPER Annual Meeting, Introductions, and Travel Awards

                        Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD, MS

            1:40     CAPER Senior Mentor Award:  Darwin Conwell, MD, MS

Introduction:  Samuel Han, MD, MS

A Consultation for your Career, Clan and Conduct”

            2:10     Young Investigator Lectures:  The Future of Pancreatology

                        Moderators:  Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD, MS and Samuel Han, MD, MS

                        1:45     Analgesia Prescribing Patterns During Pediatric Hospitalization

for Acute Pancreatitis

                                    Irina Gorbounova, MD

                        2:00     Leptin Expression and Chachexia in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

                                    Andrea Riner, MD, MPH

                        2:15     A Prospective Cohort Sutdy evaluating PAN-PROMISE to Detect

                                    and Risk-Stratify Post-ERCP Pancreatitis Symptoms

                                    Nikhil Thiruvengadam, MD            

2:30     Discussion with Mentor and Scholarship Awardees

More information:  Caper Web Site.


July 22, 2022 – Annual Meeting and Cases Discussions

More information: INSPPIRE Web Site.

7:00     Session VI-A:  Pediatric Pancreas Disease

7:00     Welcome to PancreasFest 2022 Day Two

            Maisam Abu-El-Haija, MD, MS and Aliye Uc, MD

7:05     INSPPIRE Breakfast Meeting

            Aliye Uc, MD

7:45     Pediatric Pancreatitis Case Studies

            Moderators:  Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD and Veronique Morinville, MD

            7:45     Pediatric Case Study #1: 

                        Robert Gugig, MD

            8:00     Pediatric Case Study #2: 

                        Asim Maqbool, MD and J. Naylor Brownell, MD

            8:15     Discussion

The following Multi-center Consortium and Working Groups typically meet during the regular meeting. To get involved contact:

BREAKOUT SESSIONS. Group meeting will take place on Thursday Afternoon. More details to follow.

Working Groups:  One of the most important functions of PancreasFest is the opportunity for motivated physicians and scientists to have face-to-face meetings to develop and advance working groups.   .

PancreasFest: A joint meeting of physicians and scientists committed to learning and collaborating on translational studies of pancreatic diseases.”