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Edward L. Barnes, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Dr. Edward Barnes grew up in Florence, South Carolina and attended the University of South Carolina for his undergraduate studies and medical school. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of North Carolina, where he also served as a chief resident in internal medicine for one year. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. While training in Boston, he also received a Master of Public Health from the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Barnes then returned to the University of North Carolina to complete an Advanced Fellowship in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Clinical Focus
: Dr. Barnes specializes in the care of patients with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Academic Interests: Dr. Barnes is interested in the evaluation of clinical outcomes related to differing treatment strategies among patients with inflammatory bowel disease, as well as the effects that these strategies have on cost and resource utilization. Dr. Barnes is particularly interested in the use of large databases for the analysis of clinical outcomes. He also has a specific interest in studying outcomes among patients undergoing colectomy with ileal pouch-anal anastomosis for the treatment of ulcerative colitis. Dr. Barnes has contributed multiple articles and reviews in the medical literature in the area of inflammatory bowel disease.


Selected Bibliography

  • Barnes EL, Kochar B, Long MD, Pekow J, Ananthakrishnan, Anyane-Yeboa A, Martin C, Galanko J, Herfarth HH, Kappelman MD, Sandler RS. Lack of Difference in Treatment Patterns and Clinical Outcomes between Black and White Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 2018; epublished May 18. PMID: 29788063
  • Barnes EL, Herfarth HH, Sandler RS, Chen W, Jaeger E, Nguyen VM, Robb AR, Kappelman MD, Martin CF, Long MD. Pouch-Related Symptoms and Quality of Life in Patients with Ileal Pouch-Anal Anastomosis. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 2017; 23(7)1218-24. PMID: 28426474
  • Barnes EL, Kochar BK, Long MD, Kappelman MD, Martin CF, Korzenik JR, Crockett SD. Modifiable Risk Factors for Hospital Readmission among Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease in a Nationwide Database. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 2017; 23(6):875-81. PMID: 28426473
  • Barnes EL, Kochar B, Martin CF, Crockett SD, Korzenik JR, Long MD, Kappelman MD. The Burden of Hospital Readmissions for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases among Pediatric Patients in a Nationwide Database. Journal of Pediatrics. 2017; 191:184-9. PMID: 29037795
  • Barnes EL, Nestor M, Onyewadume, L, de Silva P, Korzenik JR, for the DREAM Investigators. High Dietary Intake of Specific Fatty Acids Increases Risk of Flares in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis in Remission During Treatment With Aminosalicylates. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2017; 15(9):1390-6.e1. PMID: 28110099.


Education and Training

  • Undergraduate Degree:  University of South Carolina Honors College, Biology
  • Medical Degree:  University of South Carolina, School of Medicine
  • Residency:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chief Resident:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Fellowship: Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Gastroenterology
  • Masters of Public Health: Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, Clinical Effectiveness
  • Advanced Fellowship:  University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Inflammatory Bowel Disease