The UCSF Pancreas Center diagnoses and treats patients with a wide range of pancreatic disorders, from benign tumors to pancreatitis and cancer. Our team includes specialists in anesthesia, gastroenterology, neurology, nursing, psychology and surgery. Patients may have the opportunity to participate in studies – called clinical trials – of the latest experimental therapies.
The Pancreas Center was founded in 2012 by Dr. Margaret Tempero. Our mission is to advance the care of patients with pancreatic diseases through prevention, early detection, individual treatment and research. Our patient care practice is located in the Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology Clinic at Mission Bay. Our specialists also treat patients in the Gastrointestinal Surgery Clinic at Parnassus.
Learn more about clinical trials and how they work.
Doctor referral required
Margaret A. Tempero
MD, PhDRadiation oncologist
Patrick V. Avila
Ardene Ceguerra Ballonado
PA-C, MPH, MSPhysician assistant
MD, FACSGastrointestinal cancer surgeon
Hobart W. Harris
MD, MPH, FACSGastrointestinal surgeon
MDGastrointestinal cancer surgeon
Kimberly S. Kirkwood
MDPancreatic and gastrointestinal surgeon
Andrew H. Ko
MDColorectal and gastrointestinal cancer specialist
NP, MSNNurse practitioner
MD, PhDGastrointestinal cancer surgeon
Emily R. Perito
MD, MASGastroenterologist and liver and pancreas specialist
MD, MPHGastrointestinal oncologist
MD, PhDBariatric and transplant surgeon
MDGastroenterologist and liver specialist
NP, MSN, MSWNurse practitioner
Awards & recognition
Among the top hospitals in the nation
One of the nation's best in gastroenterology & GI surgery
Best in Northern California and No. 7 in the nation for cancer care
Accreditations & memberships
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute has designated UCSF a comprehensive cancer center, its highest ranking. This designation is awarded to centers that demonstrate scientific excellence and the ability to conduct cancer research across many disciplines.
Commission on Cancer
UCSF's cancer programs have been accredited by the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) since 1933. The CoC is a consortium of groups dedicated to improving cancer patients' survival and quality of life via research, education and better medical care.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network
UCSF is a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the world’s top cancer centers. The network brings together leaders in treatment and research to improve the quality, effectiveness and efficiency of cancer care.
Plan your visit
What to Bring
- Photo I.D.
- Health insurance card
- Insurance authorization, if required
- Doctor's referral, if required
- Recent test results related to your condition
- List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Device or paper for taking notes