Who We Are
The Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (AHPBA), an incorporated, nonprofit organization, was created with a vision of devoting itself to relieving the human suffering caused by HPB disorders throughout the world, by improving education, training, innovation, research and patient care.
The AHPBA serves as the American Chapter of the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association (IHPBA). The IHPBA was formally inaugurated at its first General Assembly on May 31, 1994 in Boston, Massachusetts. The AHPBA was inaugurated later that same year in Chicago, Illinois. Since then the AHPBA has grown from a handful of surgeons interested in HPB surgery to a membership of over one thousand.
The AHPBA is an organization where you can exchange your ideas, concerns and enthusiasm with other doctors, who share your goals and passions of raising the standards of care for patients with diseases affecting the liver pancreas and biliary system. Through annual meetings, educational sessions and courses the AHPBA increase awareness of what is happening in our field of surgery. Patient care changes everyday, and the AHPBA helps surgeons keep up with these fast paced changes. Perhaps the most important thing that the AHPBA does is bring together some of the greatest minds and ideas in HPB surgery creating the opportunity for exchange and friendship that lasts a lifetime.
AHPBA Mission Statement:
The mission of Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association is to disseminate knowledge, foster research and innovation, advance education and training and encourage multidisciplinary collaboration.
- Promote understanding of the causes of disorders of the liver, pancreas and biliary tree and to investigate and treat these diseases.
- Encourage the exchange of clinical and scientific knowledge among surgeons and members of related disciplines working in the field.
- Study any relevant problems that affect the liver, pancreas and biliary tract.
- Facilitate collaborative research into the factors that lead to disease in these organs and into ways of preventing it.
- Foster friendships among clinicians and scientists involved in the hepatic, pancreatic and biliary disciplines.
- Strive towards the highest ethical standards in the Association’s fields of endeavor.
- Foster education and career development in the field through an identifiable funding.