Patient Stories

Danny Camaj is a real estate broker, family man and committed athlete. He’s been working out since he was 17, running, lifting weights, playing basketball, football, and soccer. “You name the sport, I did it,” Danny says. “Being active was my whole identity.”
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Cody Artist went through years of escalating pain before he met Beth Schrope, MD, PhD. Director of NYP/Columbia’s Autologous Islet Cell Transplantation program, and the first to perform this operation in the New York area. This procedure finally ended his attacks and gave him back his life.
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It was a brisk Sunday morning just before Thanksgiving. Greg Rocco, 61, worked out, got a haircut, and was doing a little holiday shopping, when he lost vision in one eye. He called his son on his cell phone, saying, “Something’s not right,” and within minutes he was in the ER at a Westchester hospital.
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Ryan is a tough guy—a combat veteran and an NYPD cop. Once, on active duty, he had to have neck surgery without anesthesia. But, he says, that pain paled compared to his pancreatitis.
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Generally found after the age of 69, and is more likely to strike men than women
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Dr. Beth Schrope with Richard and Kathleen Santangelo at the Pancreas Center's 10th Anniversary Celebration
See Richard Santangelo's video from 2015. Read his Story of Hope for an update!
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Why Columbia’s Team Approach Achieves Astonishing Results
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A radio talk show host lost 110 pounds after his sleeve gastrectomy at Columbia, noting that it gave him a whole new level of confidence, and increased his energy and vitality.
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After more than 30 years of smoking, Jean Martin of Manalapan, New Jersey, decided to trade her cigarettes for a pair of running shoes. At age 51, she worked up slowly from a brisk walk to jogging and started feeling pretty good. Then one day her calves began to cramp. When the pain became severe, Jean went to a local hospital and was diagnosed with peripheral artery disease (PAD), a condition that had affected her father. PAD is a narrowing of the arteries carrying blood to the limbs. Smokers are up to 25 times more likely to develop it. Jean had the right idea—quitting—she just didn’t do it soon enough.
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Jerry Del Colliano, media executive, author, and disk jockey, is a member of the boomer generation who stays fit working out at his homes in Arizona and New Jersey. Earlier this year, he was diagnosed with an aortic aneurysm, an enlargement of the main artery that takes blood from the heart to the rest of the body. This condition usually causes no symptoms until it ruptures or tears and becomes life threatening.
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