HPB Treatment

TMC now offers a multidisciplinary hepatobiliary and pancreas program to better serve the Kansas City and Western Missouri community. (Multidisciplinary means combining several branches of learning.) The program allows patients to meet with multiple TMC providers in a combined clinical setting. This affords patients minimal office visits while receiving total coordinated care among all specialty providers, including physicians from oncology and gastroenterology, as well as our premier HBP surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Johnston (see below). Patients and their primary care providers are involved and active participants in treatment, from beginning to end. The ultimate goal is to create a treatment process that allows the patients and their families to receive as much care locally while undergoing complex multidisciplinary management at TMC.

Dr. Johnston currently offers advanced minimally invasive surgical services for hepatobiliary and pancreas diseases. (Minimally invasive surgery allows a quicker recovery with less pain and a shorter recovery time.)

The TMC program is the only one of its kind in the Kansas City area to employ the use of the NanoKnife. This technology allows carefully selected patients with very advanced disease the possibility of full surgical treatment. Some patients who may be traditionally considered untreatable could be offered safe and effective surgical management.

To schedule an appointment with TMC’s HPB Treatment Team, call 816-404-0099. You will need to get a referral from your primary care physician, gastroenterologist or oncologist.

Meet our HPB Surgeon

Dr. Benjamin Johnston is a fellowship trained Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgeon.

He is an expert in minimally invasive surgical techniques. Dr. Johnston is an Assistant Professor of Surgery and Assistant Surgery Program Director at UMKC School of Medicine.

As a Kansas native, Dr. Johnston graduated medical school at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. He went on to obtain his general surgical training at the University of Kansas School of Medicine - Wichita. He found that his passion was rooted in treating disorders and malignancy of the liver and pancreas and went on to fellowship at Oregon Health and Science University. At OHSU, he completed two years of intensive and rigorous training in the field of hepatobiliary and pancreas surgery. Dr. Johnston is certified by the American Board of Surgery. He is certified in HPB surgery by The Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

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