Whipple procedure


Whipple procedure: Radical pancreatoduodenectomy for cancer of pancreas. Excision of the head of the pancreas, the gallbladder, part of the common bile duct, the duodenum, and sometimes a portion of the stomach, with gastrojejunostomy, choledochojejunostomy, and pancreaticojejunostomy.


  • 1898 – Original description of the first pancreatic head resection by Italian surgeon Alessandro Codivilla
  • 1909 – Walther Kausch performed the first successful partial pancreatoduodenectomy (excision of the duodenum and a portion of the pancreas in two stages), for ampullary cancer. Published in 1912
  • 1934 – Whipple

Associated Persons

Alternative names

  • Pancreaticoduodenectomy, pancreatoduodenectomy
  • Kausch-Whipple operation


eponymictionary CTA 2


medical etymology

Emergency physician MA (Oxon) MBChB (Edin) FACEM FFSEM with a passion for rugby; medical history; medical education; and informatics. Asynchronous learning #FOAMed evangelist. Co-founder and CTO of Life in the Fast lane | Eponyms | Books | vocortex |

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.