Who We Are

The American Pancreatic Association is a membership organization for physicians and researchers interested in diseases of the exocrine pancreas. Our mission is to foster clinical and basic science research needed to cure diseases of the pancreas. We strive to continue advancing the field of research, while training the next generation of researchers devoted to finding a cure for these deadly diseases.

Recognizing that progress in understanding, diagnosing, and treating pancreatic diseases requires multidisciplinary analysis, the APA is reaching out to broaden the participation from pancreas-related disciplines, which perhaps have been underrepresented in the past: endoscopy, radiology, and pathology, among others. Our annual meeting is the cornerstone of our organization and allows us to bring together these groups to discuss current topics in pancreatic diseases.

APA Governing Board

Anil Rustgi, MD
O. Joe Hines, MD, FACS
Aida Habtezion MD, MSc.
Aida Habtezion MD, MSc.COUNCILOR (Year 3)
Min Li, PhD
Min Li, PhDCOUNCILOR (Year 2)
Aliye Uc, MD
Ashok Saluja, PhD
Margaret Tempero, MD
Margaret Tempero, MDPAST PRESIDENT

Message from the President

I am honored to have become the President of the American Pancreas Association (APA), with the term from November 2019 to November 2020.  The APA is a historic and forward-viewing organization dedicated to all aspects of pancreatology, spanning research (basic, translational, clinical, population), clinical care, education/training and advocacy.  The APA provides leadership in the annual meeting, satellite conferences, grants, and publications while forging relationships and collaborations with international societies.  Indeed, the APA membership—scientists, physicians and allied health professionals, trainees at all levels, industry representatives and lay public—reflects its diverse activities.

Building upon the work of past luminary Presidents, and working collaboratively with our current APA board, membership and staff, we are poised to take bold steps in this decade.  First, we can translate foundational or basic discovery science into innovative clinical trials and comprehensive clinical care.  Second, we can enable and support the training and education of the new generation of leaders dedicated to pancreatology.  Third, we will prioritize advocacy in government and in society for patients suffering from pancreatic diseases and disorders. Fourth, we will expand our membership-domestic and international- and include the public.  Finally, all of our efforts, regardless of our backgrounds and perspectives, converge on the moral imperative of taking care of our patients, whether directly or indirectly.  There is no greater joy than to work together on behalf of these missions, and to do so as one society—the American Pancreatic Association.


Anil K. Rustgi, MD


American Pancreatic Association Foundation

The American Pancreatic Association Foundation was officially launched in 2013 with the goal of providing charitable, educational and research support for American Pancreatic Association’s initiatives and missions. It was incorporated in the state of Minnesota as a 501(c)3 organization.

The APA Foundation Inaugural Board of Directors consists of Dr. Steve Pandol, Dr. Ed Bradley, Dr. William Chey, Ms. Agi Hirschberg, Dr. Barbara Kenner, Dr. Howard Reber, Dr. Peter Banks, Dr. Andrew Warshaw, Dr. Paul Webster, and Dr. Ed Purich. Dr. Ashok Saluja serves as treasurer, and Dr. Vay Liang W. (Bill) Go is Chair of the Board.

The Board started to function in 2014. The APA Foundation contributed to the APA 2017 Young Investigators in Pancreatitis Grant Program.

The future of our society and its mission as well as the development of our discipline is in our own hands. Please consider contributing to the APA Foundation by sending a check to Dr. Ashok Saluja.

Pancreas Journal

Pancreas is the official journal of the American Pancreatic Association. Pancreas provides a central forum for communication of original works involving both basic and clinical research on the exocrine and endocrine pancreas and their interrelationships and consequences in disease states. This multidisciplinary, international journal covers the whole spectrum of basic sciences, etiology, prevention, pathophysiology, diagnosis, and surgical and medical management of pancreatic diseases, including cancer.

APA Members receive free online access to Pancreas and discounted subscription rates for the hard copy of the journal. New member names are submitted to Wolters Kluwer for each edition and they will send an email with access information. To ensure you receive this important email, be sure to add info@mylwwjournals.com to your email contact list and/or safe sender list. If you have any questions on how to access your account, please contact memberservice@lww.com or 866-489-0433 (within the US) or 301-223-2300 (outside of the US).

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Pancreatitis Book

We are writing to call your attention to an exciting new endeavor of the Pancreapedia and the American Pancreatic Association. This is the book “Pancreatitis”, the first comprehensive coverage of this important disease in many years. It consists of 65 chapters by experts in their field divided into four sections, “Experimental Pancreatitis”, “Acute Pancreatitis”, “Chronic Pancreatitis”, and “Autoimmune Pancreatitis”. The book describes the genesis, experimental animal models, and diagnosis and treatment of clinical pancreatitis. The hard cover printed book can be purchased from Amazon.com for $85 or downloaded as an open access PDF from the Pancreapedia to your desktop for reading or printing as you desire.

Past APA Presidents

  • 2019: Margaret A. Tempero
  • 2018: Darwin L. Conwell
  • 2017: Miklos Sahin-Toth
  • 2016: Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo
  • 2015: Anirban Maitra
  • 2014: Stephen Pandol
  • 2013: Martin Freeman
  • 2012: Rodger Liddle
  • 2011: Diane Simeone
  • 2010: Suresh Chari
  • 2009: Andrew L. Warshaw
  • 2008: Craig Logsdon
  • 2007: Raul Urrutia
  • 2006: Chris Forsmark
  • 2005: Ashok K. Saluja
  • 2004: David Whitcomb
  • 2003: Laurence Miller
  • 2002: Jill P. Smith
  • 2001: Edward L. Bradley, III
  • 2000: William Y. Chey
  • 1999: Fred S. Gorelick
  • 1998: Peter A. Banks
  • 1997: Murray Korc
  • 1996: William Steinberg
  • 1995: Michael L. Steer
  • 1994: James H. Grendell
  • 1993: Courtney M. Townsend, Jr.
  • 1992: Travis Solomon
  • 1991: Phillip P. Toskes
  • 1990: James D. Jamieson
  • 1989: V. Liang W. Go
  • 1988: Daniel S. Longnecker
  • 1987: Michael Levitt
  • 1986: John A. Williams
  • 1985: Eugene DiMagno
  • 1984: Howard A. Reber
  • 1983: George Scheele
  • 1982: Jerry D. Gardner
  • 1981: Frank Brooks
  • 1980: Frank Moody
  • 1979: V. Liang W. Go
  • 1978: Paul Webster