UNC Multidisciplinary Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

About Us

The Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease is dedicated to research into and care of patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Established in 1999, the Center now includes six adult faculty gastroenterologist experts in IBD, three faculty IBD gastrointestinal surgeons, and two pediatric IBD gastroenterologists , making it among the largest and most highly regarded IBD programs in the nation. We are supported by a talented group of IBD clinical nurses and ostomy nurses. We perform cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical research, and provide state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary care.

Team MembersIBD

  • Co-Directors: Kim Isaacs, MD, PhD and R. Balfour Sartor, MD
  • Faculty Gastroenterologists Medicine:
    • Jonathan Hansen, MD, PhD
    • Hans Herfarth, MD, PhD
    • Kim Isaacs MD, PhD
    • Millie Long, MD, MPH
    • Shezad Sheikh, MD, PhD
    • R. Balfour Sartor, MD
  • Faculty Gastroenterologist Pediatrics:
    • Michael Kappelman, MD MPH
    • Ajay Gulati, MD
  • Faculty IBD Gastrointestinal Surgeons:
    • Mark Koruda, MD
    • Reza Rahbar, MD
    • Timothy Sadiq, MD
  • Psychologist
    • Cara O’Connell-Edwards, PhD
  • Nurses and Staff
    • Anthea Darling, RN
    • Laurie Powers, RN
    • Christina Womble, RN
  • Administrators:
    • Linda Miller

Available Services

Gastroenterologists, surgeons, specialty nurses, and a psychologist work together to provide comprehensive care for patients with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, pouch disorders, and microscopic colitis.

  • Within our clinic we provide both second opinions and ongoing care (including co-management with local providers), administer infusion therapies, and offer access to clinical trials.  A pouch specialty clinic is held once each week in conjunction with the GI surgery group.
  • In our GI Procedures Unit we diagnose, stage, and treat these conditions.  Endoscopic services include diagnostic upper endoscopy and colonoscopy, as well as capsule endoscopy, single balloon enteroscopy, chromoendoscopy (for ulcerative colitis colorectal cancer screening), endoscopic ultrasound, and biliary procedures. Advanced therapeutic procedures such as stricture injection and dilation are also available.
  • There is a full service wound, ostomy and continence nursing (WOCN) clinical practice to help manage ostomies, continent diversions, skin breakdown and acute and chronic wounds.  This service also is involved in pre- and post-operative education, counseling and stoma site section/marking for patients undergoing ostomy surgery.  For additional information please click here.

Clinical Trials

Our center is committed to discovering new treatments for patients with inflammatory bowel disease. At any given time we typically have 5-10 treatment trials for both ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, as well as a variety of registry studies that examine drug safety, as well as IBD and pregnancy. For a partial list of ongoing trials click here. For more complete information please contact our study staff at ibdtrials@med.unc.edu.

How to refer a patient

to refer a patient to the clinic, simply fax a completed consult request form (available here – please write “IBD Clinic”) along with relevant records to 919-966-3414. 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 (esophageal, functional GI, or hepatology). We do not accept referrals directly from emergency departments.

How to contact us

For general questions please call 919-966-8946 – Linda Miller, IBD center administrator. 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 gastroenterologist on call please call the Carolina Consultation Center at 1-800-862-6264.

For additional information please click here to visit the UNC Multidisciplinary Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease website.