Suresh T. Chari, MD, FACG
Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer: Problems, Promise, and Prospects

Tuesday, October 29 | 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Stars at Night Ballroom

Dr. Chari

Learn how to define “early” detection, recognize its benefits, and identify early detection barriers, when Dr. Suresh T. Chari presents the Emily Couric Memorial Lecture.

Dr. Chari is currently a Professor of Medicine and Consultant in Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Previously, he served as the Director of the Pancreas Clinic at Mayo Clinic, as well as Councilor and President of the American Pancreatic Association and International Association of Pancreatology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Pancreatology, the journal of the International Association of Pancreatology. Since 2003, Dr. Chari’s work has been funded by the NIH to study the relationship between diabetes and pancreatic cancer. Currently, he is the PI of Mayo Clinic’s U01 Consortium on the Study of Chronic Pancreatitis, Diabetes, and Pancreatic Cancer (CPDPC); a co-investigator in the Pancreatic Cancer Detection Consortium (U01); and a member of the Steering Committee of the Early Detection Initiative, a collaborative effort among NCI, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, and CPDPC to launch an early-detection protocol for pancreatic cancer. He co-leads the Diabetes-Pancreatic Cancer Working Group in the U01. Dr. Chari trained in Internal Medicine and Gastroenterology in India, followed by the Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship in Mannheim, Germany. He moved to the United States in 1993, where he completed residency at the University of Arizona and fellowship in gastroenterology at Mayo Clinic before joining as faculty in 1999.

About The Emily Couric Memorial Lecture: The Emily Couric Memorial Lecture, developed by the ACG, the Virginia Gastroenterological Society and the Old Dominion Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates, is in honor of Virginia State Senator Emily Couric, who died of pancreatic cancer in October of 2001. Senator Couric was a strong advocate for health care issues, particularly in her instrumental work to pass the nation’s first legislation mandating health insurance coverage for colorectal cancer screening.