Shehzad Z. Sheikh, MD, PhD

Shehzad Sheikh MD Assistant Professor of Medicine



Shehzad Z. Sheikh is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and joined the faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology afer completing his GI fellowship, PhD. in Microbiology and Immunology and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Fellowship at UNC. He is a member of the UNC Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment and the author of numerous articles highlighting the pathophysiology of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Dr. Sheikh is also studying genetic markers in patients at the Carolina Center for Genome Sciences.


Clinical Interests

Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, autoimmune enteropathy, common variable immune deficiency (CVID).

Research Interests

Dr. Sheikh’s main research interests comprise the investigation of novel diagnostic approaches in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) and the evaluation of patient genetics that influence response to therapy. Dr. Sheikh's goal is to understand why individuals develop IBD, why the progression of disease is different in each patient and why each patient responds differently to therapy. Using novel and cutting edge genomic technology Dr. Sheikh is trying to elucidate how an individual's genetic make up influences their disease severity and response to therapy. Dr. Sheikh is funded by the American Gastroenterologial Society, NIH and CCFA to conduct his research studies