University of Utah Health's Pancreas Transplant Team is committed to helping patients and families navigate the complex journey of pancreas transplantation. Evaluation, waiting for transplant, surgery, and recovery from surgery, are important steps to helping recipients feel better, become more active, and enjoy a better quality of life.

The pancreas transplant team takes a multidisciplinary approach, providing patients access to a team of health care professionals experienced in all medical and surgical aspects of transplantation. In addition, the transplant center offers patients and their family support to deal with changes in lifestyle, post-hospital care, and financial considerations related to transplant. It is a comprehensive program that became a Medicare-approved center in 2007.

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The Pancreas: Anatomy and Functions

Anatomy of the pancreas

The pancreas is an elongated, tapered organ located across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The right side of the organ, called the head, is the widest part of the organ. It lies in the curve of the duodenum, the first section of the small intestine. The tapered left side extends slightly upward, called the body of the pancreas, and ends near the spleen, called the tail.

The pancreas is made up of 2 types of glands:

  • Exocrine. The exocrine gland secretes digestive enzymes. These enzymes are secreted into a network of ducts that join the main pancreatic duct. It runs the length of the pancreas.

  • Endocrine. The endocrine gland consists of the islets of Langerhans and secretes hormones into the bloodstream.

Functions of the pancreas

The pancreas has digestive and hormonal functions:

  • The enzymes secreted by the exocrine gland in the pancreas help break down carbohydrates, fats, proteins, and acids in the duodenum. These enzymes travel down the pancreatic duct into the bile duct in an inactive form. When they enter the duodenum, they are activated. The exocrine tissue also secretes a bicarbonate to neutralize stomach acid in the duodenum.

  • The main hormones secreted by the endocrine gland in the pancreas are insulin and glucagon. They regulate the level of glucose in the blood, and somatostatin, which prevents the release of the other 2 hormones.

Paul J. Campsen, MD

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4.6 out of 5

Paul Jeffery Campsen, MD, FACS, FAST is the Surgical Director of Pancreas Transplantation, Adult and Pediatric Kidney Transplantation, and Living Donor Kidney Transplantation at the University of Utah. He practices at the University Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI), and Primary Children's Medical Center. Dr. Campsen specializes in hepatob... Read More

Thomas Chaly, Jr., MD

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Dr. Chaly received a Bachelor of Science at the University of California. Upon graduating from college he accepted a research position in the Department of Surgery at UCSF, where he studied aneurysm proliferation and arteriovenous malformations. After receiving his Doctor of Medicine from MUA, he began his residency in General Surgery at Tulane Un... Read More

Jacke L. Corbett, FNP-BC, DNP

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Jacke started working the Kidney Transplant Team in 1990 as a Kidney Transplant Coordinator. After completing her advanced degree, she started working as a nurse practitioner, caring for kidney and pancreas transplant recipients and living donors.... Read More


Kidney Transplant, Nephrology & Hypertension, Pancreas Transplant


University Hospital
Transplant Center

Robin D. Kim, MD

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4.6 out of 5

Dr. Kim received his Bachelor of Arts from The Johns Hopkins University and his Doctor of Medicine from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his residency in General Surgery at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine which included a two-year research fellowship in liver regeneration and cancer. Following his residency, Dr. Kim went ... Read More


Hepatopancreatobiliary (Liver/Pancreas/Biliary) Surgery, Kidney Transplant, Liver Cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Transplant Surgery


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