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).

Our Team

Functional

  • Functinal GI Clinic Director: Yehuda Ringel, MD
  • Faculty Physicians and Staff:
    • Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH
    • Danielle Maier, PA-C
    • Ryan Madanick, MD
    • Cara O’Connell-Edwards, PhD
    • Yehuda Ringel, MD
    • Yolanda Scarlett, MD
  • Nurses and Administrators:
    • Robin Dever, RN
    • Diane Hunter
    • Jennifer Layton
    • Stefanie Twist

Our Services

We use a patient-centered approach to treat patients with functional GI and motility disorders, such as chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fecal incontinence, functional dyspepsia, functional nausea, and gastroparesis. This includes outpatient consultations and ongoing care delivered by a multi-disciplinary team of gastroenterologists, a physician assistant, a clinical psychologist, and a registered nurse. In addition, we provide motility testing and pelvic floor biofeedback therapy. For questions or additional information about the Gastroenterology Clinic click here and for the GI Motility Unit click here.

Please note that due to high demand, we only rarely accept referrals from outside North Carolina and do not accept referrals for narcotic bowel syndrome. 

How to schedule an appointment

All new patients must be referred by a physician. Your referring physician should simply fax a completed clinic referral from (available here) to 919-966-3414 or a completed motility test referral form (available here) to 919-966-8764. Upon receipt, a UNC gastroenterologist will review the request and our scheduling office will call you to schedule the appointment. If you have any questions or need to reschedule your appointment please call 919-966-6000 (clinic) or 919-966-5563 (GI motility and procedures units).

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 questions during daytime hours, please call 919-966-4131 and ask to page the GI ambulatory fellow (pager # 123-7044). For urgent clinical questions after hours, please call 919-966-4131 and ask to page the GI fellow on call (pager # 123-7010).  We are sorry we cannot answer medical questions from patients who have not yet been seen in our practice.

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