SpencerAssociate Professor of Medicine

Vice Chief of Gastroenterology
Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

130 Bioinformatics Bldg

Campus Box 7080

Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7080

Phone: 919-966-0141

Fax: 919-966-8929


Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA joined the Center for Functional GI Disorders in 2005. As Vice Chief of the UNC Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology he works to improve quality of care, operational efficiency, and patient experiences. As Associate Professor of Medicine he conducts clinical trials for functional GI disorders, performs health services research, and examines the impact of health policy and regulations on gastroenterology. His clinical practice focuses on functional GI and motility disorders.

Dr. Dorn graduated with highest distinction from the University of Michigan and summa cum laude from SUNY at Brooklyn College of Medicine. He earned a Master of Public Health (Epidemiology) and later a Master of Healthcare Administration (Health Care Management & Policy) from the University of North Carolina. Dr. Dorn completed his internal medicine training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he was a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School. He subsequently trained at UNC as a National Institutes of Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Digestive Diseases Epidemiology and Functional GI Disorders, and later as a clinical fellow in Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Clinical Interests

  • Functional GI and motility disorders

Research Interests

  • Clinical trials
  • Health services research
  • Health care policy and delivery

Current Studies

  • Clinical trials for irritable bowel syndrome and chronic constipation