Established in 1994 by Dr. Douglas Drossman and Dr. William E. Whitehead, PhD, the UNC Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders is internationally recognized for research on functional GI and motility disorders (FGID). It is a center of excellence within the Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology , School of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The integration of patient care by gastroenterologists and psychologists in our Functional GI Clinic with a state-of-the-art Motility Lab and dedicated Pelvic Floor Biofeedback Clinic places the Center at the forefront of patient evaluation and treatment for functional GI and motility disorders. The Center functions as a tertiary treatment program for GI Motility disorders (Constipation, Esophageal Disorders, Accidental Bowel Leakage, & Rectal Pain). Because demand for our services exceeds capacity we accept referrals on a case-by-case basis. We are no longer able to accept referrals for patients who live outside of North Carolina or suffer from narcotic bowel syndrome. These patients may be referred to Dr. Douglas Drossman, the co-founder of the Center, who has an independent practice in Chapel Hill. He can be reached by telephone at (919) 929-7990 or through the website, www.drossmangastroenterology.com. The Center at UNC will continue to accept referrals of patients with GI motility disorders for evaluation and management.
The Center’s education programs target patients and their family and friends, health care professionals at all levels, and the public at large. The Center promotes increased awareness and understanding of FGIDs through symposia, printed materials, and videos.
|Patient Care||Offer state-of-the-art evaluation and treatment for the full range of GI motility disorders.|
|Patient Education||Provide helpful and up-to-date information, through seminars and workshops as well as printed materials, videos and the Internet.|
|Research||Conduct studies on the physiological and psychosocial mechanisms underlying functional GI and motility disorders, their impact on quality of life and health outcomes, and their treatment.|
|Training of Healthcare Professionals||Provide multidisciplinary training and education in clinical and research skills, with an emphasis on patient-centered care and advanced research methods.|