About Us

The UNC Liver Center provides highly specialized, compassionate care for individuals with chronic liver disease. To accomplish this, we have assembled an outstanding team of healthcare professionals whose experience in the management of liver disease is unsurpassed anywhere in the region. We are committed to providing our patients with access to the newest, most effective therapies, including liver transplantation.

Additionally, the UNC Liver Center performs cutting-edge research. Current research is focused in the following areas: clinical trials for the treatment and cure of hepatitis C (including all oral and interferon free protocols); clinical and diagnostic trials for patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, hepatic encephalopathy and hepatitis B; and epidemiological and clinical outcomes research in the fields of liver transplantation and general hepatology.

Our Team

  • Director: Michael Fried, MDBataller
  • Faculty Hepatologists:
    • A. Sidney Barritt IV, MD, MSCR
    • Jama Darling, MD
    • Michael Fried, MD
    • Paul “Skip” Hayashi, MD, MPH
    • C. Thomas Nuzum, MD
  • Mid-Level Providers
    • Martha Bausch, ANP
    • Dawn Harrison, FNP
    • Danielle Cardona, PA-C
    • Scott Elliott, PA-C
    • Vikki Metheny, ANP
  • Psychologists
    • Donna Evon, PhD
    • Rachel Ruffin, PhD
  • Nurses, Coordinators, and Staff
    • Lisa Hardee, RN
    • Ann Law, RN

Our Services

Hepatology services within the UNC Liver Center are divided among four broad categories:

  • General Hepatology: evaluation and management of acute and chronic liver diseases.
  • Fatty Liver:  A multispecialty clinic that evaluates and treats alcoholic and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
    • Viral Hepatitis:  A clinic specializing in hepatitis B and C, incorporating the latest clinical trials and most up-to-date therapies.
    • Liver Transplantation/Hepatocellular Carcinoma: A clinic designed for rapid assessment of newly diagnosed cancers, multidisciplinary liver cancer treatment, and liver transplantation evaluation and management. For more information about liver transplantation at UNC, please click here.

    Our Locations

    We see patients in several different locations:

    • UNC GI Clinic: patients scheduled to see Dr. Barritt, Dr. Darling, Dr. Fried, and Dr. Nuzum. This clinic is located on the first floor of UNC Memorial Hospital.  For directions click here.
    • UNC Transplant Clinic: patients scheduled to see Dr. Hayashi.  This clinic is located on the fourth floor of UNC Memorial Hospital.  For directions click here.
    • UNC GI Procedures Unit: endoscopic procedures including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, liver biopsy, and ERCP.  For additional information about the UNC GI Procedures unit please click here.
    • UNC Viral Hepatitis Clinic:  patients scheduled to see Dr. Darling, Dr. Fried, or Danielle Cardona.  This clinic is located at Carolina Pointe I.  For directions click here.
    • Off-campus locations:  we also see patients in satellite clinics in Asheville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington. For directions, click here.

    How to schedule an appointment

    All new patients must be referred by another physician. Your referring physician should simply fax a completed referral form (available here) to 984-974-3414. Upon receipt, a UNC hepatologist will review the request and our scheduling office will call you to schedule the appointment. If you have any questions or need to reschedule your appointment please call 919-966-2516.

    Clinical Trials

    The UNC Liver Center has multiple ongoing trials for a variety of liver related problems including hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, Alcoholic hepatitis and hepatic encephalopathy.

    How to contact us

    For general questions please call 919-966-2516. For urgent clinical questions during daytime hours, please call 919-966-2516 and ask to speak with a one of our nurses. For urgent clinical questions after hours, please call 984-974-1000 and ask to page the GI fellow on call (pager # 123-7010).

    For additional information please click here to visit the UNC Liver Center website.