Pancreatic Disorders Program

The Pancreatic Disorders Program at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is one of the few in the United States that specializes in the care of children with diseases of the pancreas and gallbladder. The pancreas secretes enzymes, which are needed for the digestion of food, into the intestine.

Disorders treated include acute pancreatitis, recurrent pancreatitis, chronic pancreatitis and genetic causes of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is caused by inflammation of the pancreas causing pain, vomiting and elevated pancreatic enzymes in the blood. The main causes of pancreatitis in children include trauma, gallstones, medications and toxins, blockages and genetic causes. Discovering the cause of recurrent pancreatitis can be challenging.

Other conditions we treat include Shwachman (Diamond) Syndrome, Pearson’s syndrome, Johanson-Blizzard syndrome, isolated enzyme deficiencies, pancreatic agenesis and hypoplasia.

The Pancreatic Disorders Program is headed by Dr. Steve Werlin, a world-renowned expert in pediatric pancreatic disease with over 55 publications and book chapters in the area. Our group also consists of experts in diagnostic and interventional radiology, advanced endoscopy, nutrition, genetics, and chronic pain management.