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Multidisciplinary team of pancreatic experts

At Northwest Community Hospital, if you are diagnosed with a pancreatic disease like pancreatitis or pancreatic cancer, you will receive a comprehensive evaluation that incorporates all the resources we have available. We provide the best treatment in Chicago to patients with pancreatic cancer and other diseases.

When creating and implementing your treatment plan, a multidisciplinary team of specialists will work together, including:

  • Board-certified surgeons
  • Radiation oncologists
  • Pathologists
  • Endocrinologists
  • Gastroenterologists

Throughout your pancreatic cancer journey, you will receive the support of a nurse navigator, physician assistant, social worker and nutritionist, in addition to the best treatment in Chicago, to help you and your family.

Meet our experts

Willis ParsonsWillis Parsons, MD

Dr. Willis Parsons, medical director of the Gastroenterology Center at Northwest Community Hospital, specializes in advanced interventional GI procedures and the management of pancreaticobiliary disease. Dr. Parsons completed his residency and fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, followed by an interventional endoscopy fellowship with Dr. Douglas Howell at Maine Medical Center in Portland.

Malcolm BilimoriaMalcolm M. Bilimoria, MD

Dr. Bilimoria is an expert in the Whipple procedure, considered one of the most complex surgeries in existence, second only to organ transplants. For many pancreatic cancer patients, the Whipple procedure can increase survival and offers a real chance at a cure, making it the best treatment in Chicago. As a surgical oncologist specializing in pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgeries, Dr. Bilimoria has averaged 50 to 75 Whipple surgeries per year over the past 10 years, compared to some surgeons who may perform only 10 a year.


We are committed to building excellence in GI professionals through onsite education. Each year, the Gastroenterology Center hosts onsite workshops led by Dr. Parsons for physicians and nurses to learn the latest technologies and techniques used in interventional GI procedures.

Our multimedia teaching gallery is equipped to teach the latest advances in gastroenterology. It includes stadium seating, high-definition monitor and the ability to liveeam images around the world. NCH has hosted five national courses for nurses and technicians involved with advanced GI procedures and have planned a sixth course in early February 2014.

Our expert physicians have offered numerous lectures to physicians and surgeons to provide education on the complex procedures done at our facility.

If you or someone you love has pancreatic cancer, find out how you can get the best treatment in Chicago. Call HealthConnection for a referral to a doctor specializing in pancreatic or hepatobiliary diseases at 847.618.4968 (4YOU).

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Last Updated 2013/06/28