UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders

About Us

The UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders is widely recognized for research and treatment of functional GI and motility disorders (FGID).

Team Members


  • FGID Clinic Director: Yehuda Ringel, MD
  • Faculty Physicians and Staff:
    • Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH
    • Danielle Maier, PA-C
    • Ryan Madanick, MD
    • Catherine Forneris, PhD, ABPP
    • Yehuda Ringel, MD
    • Yolanda Scarlett, MD
  • Nurses and Administrators:
    • Robin Dever, RN
    • Diane Hunter
    • Jennifer Layton
    • Stefanie Twist

Available Services

The clinic uses a multi-disciplinary, patient-centered approach to evaluate and treat patients with functional GI disorders. Center gastroenterologists who are expert in these areas provide outpatient consultations and ongoing care. Dr. Cara O’Connell-Edwards, a clinical psychologist who specializes in treating patients with chronic gastrointestinal illnesses, provides cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation therapy, and stress management. The motility lab offers advanced diagnostic tests and pelvic floor biofeedback therapy.

How to refer a patient

Simply fax a completed request form for outpatient consultation (available here) or motility tests (available here) to 919-966-8929. Upon receipt, all referrals are reviewed and triaged by a faculty gastroenterologist. When appropriate, patients may be re-routed to our general gastroenterology clinic or another of our GI specialty clinics.

Please note that we do not accept referrals directly from emergency departments nor for management of narcotic bowel syndrome. Also, due to high demand, we only rarely accept referrals from outside North Carolina. 

Research & Clinical Trials

Established in 1994 by Dr. Douglas Drossman and Dr. William Whitehead and now directed by Dr. Whitehead (Director) and Dr. Ringel (Associate Director), the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders is internationally recognized for research and education of functional GI and motility disorders (FGID).  Our center has a strong commitment to discovering new treatments for patients with functional GI disorders. Information regarding our current clinical research projects is available here.

How to contact us

For general questions please call 919-966-2259. For urgent clinical matters during business hours, please page the GI ambulatory care fellow at 919-966-4131 (pager # 123-7044). After hours please page the GI fellow on call at 919-966-4131.

For additional information please click here to visit the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders website.