UNC Liver Center

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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.

Team Members

  • Director: Michael Fried, MD
  • Faculty Hepatologists:
    • A. Sidney Barritt IV, MD, MSCR
    • Ramon Bataller, MD
    • Jama Darling, MD
    • Michael Fried, MD
    • Paul “Skip” Hayashi, MD, MPH
    • C. Thomas Nuzum, MD
    • Steven Zacks, MD, MPH
  • Mid-Level Providers
    • Martha Bausch, ANP
    • 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

Available 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.

    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.

    Our Locations:

    We see patients at UNC Medical Center, as well as at satellite clinics in Asheville, High Point, Raleigh and Wilmington.  Maps to each of these locations can be found here.

    How to refer a patient

    Simply fax a completed consult request form (available here) to 919-966-1700. Upon receipt, all referrals are reviewed and triaged by a faculty hepatologists. When appropriate, patients may be re-routed to our general gastroenterology clinic or another of our GI specialty clinics. We do not accept referrals directly from emergency departments.

    How to contact us

    For general questions please call 919-966-2516. 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. To speak to the attending hepatologist on call please call the Carolina Consultation Center at 1-800-862-6264.

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