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A Message From the Chief

I thank you for visiting our website and for your interest in our division! We are a team of physicians, nurses, advanced practice providers, educators, researchers, and staff members who are deeply committed to caring for people with endocrine and metabolic diseases, conducting world-class research to better understand and cure those diseases, and training future generations of endocrinologists.

On our website, you will learn about our clinicalresearch, and education programs, as well as general information about our faculty and our division.

While you are visiting us on the web, please look over the clinical services we provide. At our outpatient clinic at UNC Eastowne, our clinical team strives to provide the highest quality care for patients with the full spectrum of endocrine diseases ranging from diabetes, obesity, bone and mineral metabolism, adrenal, pituitary, and thyroid disorders. If you have an endocrine disease and would like to consult with one of our physicians, our faculty page will help you and your caregiver choose the right clinician for you. Referring physicians will find simple instructions for how to have your patients seen at UNC in the Refer a Patient section.

A focus on research has been central to the work of the UNC Division of Endocrinology both in training and care. UNC’s prominence in endocrinology and metabolism is not exclusively based in the division, but on the vast research efforts at UNC. As a single example, in diabetes research alone there are over 200 investigators at UNC with funded projects, including 72 active NIH grants, with a focus on diabetes. Faculty from the Division of Endocrinology lead and collaborate on projects with investigators across campus in basic science, translational science, clinical trials, population science and policy work. Please take a look at the many areas of research being conducted by our division. If you are interested in playing a role in helping us develop new treatments for diabetes, obesity and other endocrine diseases, see all the available clinical trials being conducted right now.

We take great pride in training the next generation endocrinologists. Graduates from our fellowship training program are well prepared to engage in the whole spectrum of endocrinology practice ranging from academic medicine to community clinical practice. We have a strong track record of preparing future clinical educators who pursue academic faculty positions and become clinical leaders in the field. With a broad range of vibrant diabetes and endocrine focused research happening across the UNC Chapel Hill campus, we are also well equipped to mentor and train fellows interested in pursuing a physician scientist career pathway. Learn more about our fellowship training program here.

At the end of the day, we are here to serve. We seek to serve the people of North Carolina through our patient care, practice innovation, education and research missions. Similarly, through our research and education endeavors, we seek to serve the national and international community to improve the lives of those with endocrine and metabolic diseases. We are committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and respect in all aspects of our practice, research, and training missions.


Janice Jin Hwang, MD, MHS 
Chief, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism