Entries by Christa Bowles

Lisa’s HopkINNS Helps

Below is a message from our friend, Lisa Eidelberg, who is filling a much needed gap in treatment logistics. Lisa writes: HopkINNS Helps was created after a conversation I had with a pancreatic cancer patient named David Sokoloff.  David had a successful whipple surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and was doing great until sadly, the […]

Blackberry Farm Show featuring Jessi Colter, The Sisterhood and Jamey Johnson Raise $35,000 for NMF

Blackberry Farm, located in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains in Walland, TN, hosted a benefit concert for Nikki Mitchell Foundation on November 13, 2019. The luxury resort sits on 4,200 acres of beautiful land and held an intimate show in Bramble Hall with artists Jessi Colter, The Sisterhood (Alyssa Bonagura and Ruby Stewart) and […]

More Patients to Receive Wound Vacs After Their Pancreatic Surgery

The following summary comes from Javed et al. and was recently published in the Annals of Surgery, the preeminent surgical journal, in June 2019. https://journals.lww.com/annalsofsurgery/Fulltext/2019/06000/Negative_Pressure_Wound_Therapy_for_Surgical_site.7.aspx Despite a substantial decreased in the mortality associated with the Whipple procedure, postoperative complications, albeit non-life-threatening are frequently observed. Surgical site infections are a common complication, and in the immediate […]

“Traler Park” Show Raises $59,000 for NMF

On June 18, 2019, country music artists Jamey Johnson, Lee Brice, Rob Hatch, Dallas Davidson, Jerrod Niemann and Randy Houser took the stage at the Franklin Theatre in Franklin, TN. Calling their crew “Traler Park,” these long-time friends and musical collaborators took the stage to share both their music and stories. The show hosted over […]

NMF Gives a $20,000 Seed Grant at the Pancreas Club Conference

Nikki Mitchell Foundation attended the 53rd annual Pancreas Club Conference to give out several awards. The $20,000 Nikki Mitchell and Pancreas Club Seed Grant was presented to Dr. Jayanth Shankara Narayanan, PhD, a Junior faculty member under Dr. Rebekah White. NMF strives to promote and fund Junior faculty researchers who are working on promising pancreatic […]

Safety of Robotic Whipples

  The following summary comes from Emanuele F. Kauffmann, MD and colleagues, and was recently published in Surgical Endoscopy in January 2019. Link to article: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00464-018-6301-2 Over the recent decades, improvements in preoperative management and introduction of new surgical techniques has seen a substantially declined the morbidity (rate of complications) associated with pancreatic surgery. Among […]