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Pancreas 101: What You Should Know

The pancreas is an organ and a gland that plays essential roles in digestion and controlling blood sugar. Dr. Allison Yang of New York Presbyterian Hospital tells us what we need to know about the pancreas, why it’s important, what signs or symptoms may indicate that the pancreas isn’t functioning properly–and when to see a doctor.

Dr. Allison Yang

Dr. Allison Yang is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is a clinical gastroenterologist with a focus on the multi-disciplinary care of patients with pancreatic disease.

Dr. Yang received her BA from Columbia University, her MD from the University of Illinois, and her MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her internal medicine residency training at the Mayo Clinic, and her gastroenterology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Yang’s primary clinical and research interests are in the effective diagnosis and treatment of pancreatic disease including acute and chronic pancreatitis, recognition and treatment of cystic neoplasms of the pancreas, and early biomarkers for pancreatic cancer. Her research interests also include the use of technology and mobile health applications in advancing patient care, and the application of machine-learning algorithms in the management of pancreatic cysts. She performs general upper endoscopy and colonoscopy and sees patients in gastroenterology and pancreas clinic.

Dr. Yang is a member of the American College of Gastroenterology and the ACG Patient Care Committee. She is also a member of the Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Social Media Board and the American Gastroenterological Association.

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