Pancreas Disease Program Expands beyond Omaha Metro

Luciano Vargas, MD

The Pancreas Disease Program continues to grow and is now expanding outside of the greater Omaha metro. Patients in Hastings, Nebraska, and the surrounding area, can receive expert and specialized care for complex hepatobiliary diseases at the Nebraska Medicine Liver and Pancreas Diseases Clinic at Mary Lanning Healthcare.

Surgical director, Luciano Vargas, MD, and Shaheed Merani, MD, are spearheading the clinic, which specializes in the clinical evaluation and surgical management of liver, pancreatic and biliary disorders. The goal of the clinic is to limit undesired travel for patients and to offer diagnostic, evaluative and follow-up appointments close to home.

“Aside from being in much closer proximity to patients living in the Hastings area, our outreach clinic allows patients to meet their physicians prior to coming to Omaha in the event that their treatment plan requires a surgical procedure that cannot be performed at Mary Lanning,” says Dr. Vargas. “This helps decrease anxiety when patients do need to travel to Omaha for follow-up care.”

Shaheed Merani, MD

Drs. Vargas and Merani are the only specialty-trained liver and pancreas surgeons in the tri-city region (Hastings, Grand Island and Kearney). Physicians with patients in the area who need liver, biliary and pancreatic surgical evaluation or for those who have patients seeking a second opinion can refer their patients to the clinic.

The Liver and Pancreas Diseases Clinic is an expansion of the Pancreas Disease Program, the only program in the region that is recognized and designated as a National Pancreas Foundation Center. Drs. Vargas and Merani are currently at the outreach clinic on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month.

To schedule an appointment with a specialist at Nebraska Medicine, call +1-402-559-3090 or

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