Welcome to the UNC Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology! We are committed to providing high quality, compassionate healthcare, advancing our understanding of digestive and liver diseases, and training future clinicians and researchers. On our website, you will learn about our clinical, research, and education programs, as well as general information about our faculty and our division. Key statistics about our division are available here. We are proud of the work that we are doing and thank you for your interest in UNC GI.

While you are visiting us on the web, please look over the services we provide in our 3 procedure units, as well as in our specialty clinics. If you are a patient coming for a procedure, a visit to our “Frequently Asked Questions” page will fill you in on what to expect, and provide tips to make your visit go smoothly. If you have a gastrointestinal or liver illness, 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 “Patient Care” section.

With over $23 million in research funding annually, and over 250 papers in scientific journals annually, the Division is a national leader in research in gastrointestinal and liver diseases. The Division serves as the clinical home for the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, one of 17 federally-funded centers focusing on research in GI diseases.

The Division runs 3 fellowship training programs: a clinical training program, a clinical outcomes and epidemiology training program, and a basic science training program. The latter two programs are funded by the National Institutes of Health, making the division one of the few in the U.S. with federally funded training programs in both clinical and basic science. Using unique resources including our nationally-acclaimed School of Public Health, the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease, and UNC’s NIH-funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Award Center, the Division provides an enriched environment to launch an academic career. Advanced training fellowships are offered in endoscopy, liver diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease.

We thank you for visiting our website, and look forward to seeing you in person in Chapel Hill!

Gastroenterology & Hepatology News

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    Shah Named Associate Program Director of UNC GI Fellowship

    Neil Shah, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, has been appointed associate program director for the UNC Gastroenterology & Hepatology fellowship program. Shah earned his medical degree at UNC-Chapel Hill and completed internal medicine residency at the University of Virginia. He returned to UNC to complete his fellowship in … Continued

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    Palsson Featured in Article About Mental Effects of UNC’s Decision To Send Students Home

    Olafur Palsson, PsyD, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, was interviewed by the Greensboro News and Record discussing his study that assessed the emotional and mental impacts of COVID-19 on the US adult population. “Younger people were more affected by it than older individuals, and the Hispanic population seemed to be … Continued

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    Patients With Liver Transplant Are Not at Greater Risk of Death From COVID-19

    Three UNC researchers are co-authors of a new international study, published online August 28 in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology, that found patients with a liver transplant who are infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, do not face an increased risk of death compared to other patients who were infected with SARS-CoV-2. The authors include Sidney … Continued

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