Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH



Nicholas Shaheen is Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology at the UNC School of Medicine and UNC School of Public Health, and Director of the UNC Center for Esophageal Diseases and Swallowing. He attended college at Harvard University and earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, where he fulfilled his internship and residency requirements. He completed his clinical fellowship training at UNC, where he also earned his Masters degree at the School of Public Health. He then completed a National Institutes of Health fellowship in Epidemiology.

For the past  ten years, Dr. Shaheen has been a faculty member at UNC. His research interest is in the epidemiology and management of esophageal diseases. He is the author of numerous journal articles and book chapters related to reflux disease, motility disorders, Barrett's esophagus, and esophageal cancer. He is currently on the editorial board of  Clinical  Gastroenterology and Hepatology and Evidence-Based Gastroenterology, and is a reviewer for numerous journals.

Dr. Shaheen receives research funding from the National Institutes of Health as well as multiple private foundations and corporations to pursue clinical and translational research in esophageal diseases. He is a member of several professional societies, including the American Gastroenterological Association, the American Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the American Medical Society, and the North Carolina Medical Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Gastroenterology , the American Gastroenterological Association  and the American College of Physicians. Dr. Shaheen's research team includes: Ryan Madanick, MD; Melissa Brennen, RN (Study Coordinator);  and Betsy Carretta (Study Coordinator).

Research interests

Barrett's esophagus, reflux disease, esophageal cancer.

Honors and Awards

  • 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012:  "Best Doctors in America."
  • 2011: Clinical Teacher of the Year, UNC Academy of Educators
  • 2010: AGA Institute Master's Award in Gastroenterology Research
  • 2006, 2010: Eugene Bozymski Award for Excellence in Endoscopy Teaching, UNC GI Fellowship