The UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases provides a critical hub for advancing pancreatic cancer research and treatment breakthroughs, most recently with the establishment of an Integrated Practice Unit, which breaks down traditional divisions and brings together in a shared space experts in surgery, oncology, pathology, radiology, and more. The benefits of this approach are wide-ranging, from granting patients ease of access to multiple providers to allowing physician-scientists improved opportunities for collaborations on treatment and research.
The center is now one of the nation’s premier comprehensive programs for pancreatic cancer and diseases. It houses the UCLA clinical program with multidisciplinary research and education programs at the UCLA main campus as well as at sister institutions, West LA Veteran Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Most of this program has been supported by the National Institute of health with various program project grants, as well as training grants and career development grants and other research grants (R01, R21 through the years and seed grants provided by the Hirshberg Foundation.) The historical perspective of our integration is illustrated below.