St. Luke's Clinic

St. Luke's Clinic – Center for Pancreatic and Liver Diseases was founded with a mission to apply the most modern diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for pancreatic, liver, and complex gastro-intestinal diseases without delay. This mission can only be achieved by coordinating the many specialties toward the ultimate customized plan for each patient – a true integrated, multispecialty approach applied toward a set of complex diseases, many of which can be cured for the first time in history.

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Center for Pancreatic and Liver Diseases
100 E. Idaho Street
Boise, Idaho 83712
(208) 381-9250
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Office Hours:
Mon - Fri, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Abdominal tumor resection
  • Biliopancreatic diversion
  • Cholecystectomy (gallbladder)
  • Excision of benign and malignant lesions
  • Excision of tumors (lipoma, etc.)
  • Gastrectomy
  • Hepatectomy
  • Hernia repair (incisional and ventral)
  • Jejunostomy
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Liver resection
  • Liver surgery
  • Lymph node biopsy and dissections
  • Pancreatic resections:
    • Pancreaticoduodenectomy (Whipple operation)
    • Distal pancreatectomy
    • Central and total pancreatectomy
  • Pancreatic decompressive procedures for chronic pancreatitis, including the Puestow operation - lateral pancreaticojejunostomy
  • Pancreatic necrosectomy for acute necrotizing pancreatitis, which is the foundation for other preliminary procedures that involve interventional radiology and endoscopic techniques
  • Proactive screening for people with family history risk
  • Sarcoma resection

New Patients / Appointments
We are accepting new patients.

After-hours and Weekends
In case of emergency, please call the main office number, (208) 381-9250, and follow instructions to page your physician.

St. Luke's Clinics
St. Luke’s Clinics are an integrated network of highly skilled health care professionals in locations throughout our region. 

Our Medical Providers

Joshua G. Barton, MD

Joshua G. Barton, MD is certified by the American Board of General Surgery and is an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His specialty is the surgical treatment of pancreatic, biliary, liver, and stomach diseases, as well as complex abdominal wall reconstruction.  He actively participates in several professional organizations including the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Pancreas Club, and the American Hepato-Biliary Association.

Dr. Barton is a native Texan and was raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.  He received his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and medical degree from the University of Texas – Houston.  He completed his general surgery residency at the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City.  He obtained additional training in hepato-pancreato-biliary and advanced GI surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN.

William Traverso, MD

William Traverso, MD is certified by the American Board of General Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He specializes in pancreatic neoplasms and inflammatory diseases, including pancreatic cancer, islet cell tumors, intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms (IPMN), cystic neoplasms, and acute and chronic pancreatitis.  He has authored or co-authored more than 250 articles on treatment of pancreatic diseases, many of which can be cured for the first time in history.

Dr. Traverso serves as the medical director for the Center for Pancreatic and Liver Diseases, and is director of the Pancreas Club.  He is an active member of the North Pacific Surgical Association, Society of the American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, and Seattle and Pacific Coast Surgical Associations.  He continues to pursue research in hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery, acute and chronic pancreatitis, laparoscopic endosurgery, cost and outcome analysis, global databases for continuous quality improvement, and registries to identify familial components of pancreatic disease.


Your Appointment
We try to stay on time, as a courtesy to you and others. Since paperwork may take a few minutes, please arrive early. As emergencies do occur, there may be occasions when your appointment time will be delayed. We will always try to keep you informed in the event of a delay, and will be happy to reschedule your appointment, if you prefer. We ask that you respect the appointment time we have reserved for you, and call 24 hours ahead to cancel or change appointments so that others may be helped during that time.

Communication with your provider is extremely important. It may be helpful for you to write down questions for your doctor or nurse practitioner prior to your visit. Bring a list of medications and the dosages, or bring the bottles with you.

Make sure you understand any instructions you are given. If clarification is needed, review your instructions with the provider or medical assistant before you leave. If you aren’t doing well after your visit, we want to hear from you. Our goal is to improve your health.

Insurance Plans
We accept most insurance plans, including Medicare, in-state Medicaid, Tricare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and others.

Medication Refills
Talk with your provider at each visit to be sure your prescriptions are up to date. When you need to refill your prescriptions, you can request them directly through your myChart account.

You can also request a refill by contacting your pharmacy. Your pharmacy will then contact our office for verification and approval. For patient safety, narcotics cannot be refilled outside of office hours. Talk with your provider before your prescription runs out, and please allow 48 hours for refills.

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