UNC Pouch Clinic

The Pouch Clinic has been created to serve anyone who has undergone surgical colectomy and ileo pouch – anal anastomosis (IPAA, also known as a “pouch” procedure) for inflammatory bowel diseases or Familial Adenomatous Polyposis. With over 1100 pouch procedures performed over the years, UNC is a widely recognized center in the Southeastern US for this type of surgery. This unique clinic offers the expertise and tools to provide routine continuous postoperative care for pouch patients as well as therapy for those having troublesome symptoms from their pouches. Patients are seen in an integrated approach by a gastroenterologist and a colorectal surgeon to facilitate a comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic approach. Appointments can be arranged with same day endoscopic evaluations combined with a clinic visit to discuss the findings and implications for therapy.


The Pouch Clinic is located in the same location as the gastrointestinal outpatient clinic on the first floor of the Memorial Hospital. For an appointment in the Pouch Clinic please contact UNC Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment by phone 919.966.2511 or by fax 919.966.3414. Referral forms can be found here.



Hans Herfarth MD, PhD Professor of Medicine

Dr. Herfarth is an internationally recognized expert for inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). He is specifically interested in the diagnosis and treatment of IBD complications. Dr. Herfarth earned his medical degree from the Freie University of Berlin, Germany. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University Hospitals in Essen and Regensburg, Germany. In 2006 he was recruited to the faculty of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at UNC. He is a member of the UNC Multidisciplinary Center for IBD Research and Treatment.




Ed Barnes, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine