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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    Stephen Kennedy Memorial Fund Provides Cultural Experiences For Gastroenterology Fellows

    Stephen Mark Kennedy, PhD, long-time coordinator for the UNC Gastroenterology and Hepatology Fellowship Program, died Friday, July 24.  He served UNC for more than 30 years and was an integral leader of the fellowship program over the course of his long career. He guided more than 100 fellows through the program, providing support and nurturing … Continued

  • Shaheen Named Co-PI of NC TraCS

    Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH, the Bozymski-Heizer Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been named co-PI of the North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences (NC TraCS) Institute. Shaheen’s appointment took effect July 1. He will take over leadership from Tim Carey, MD, MPH, the Sarah Graham Kenan Professor … Continued

  • Olafur Palsson, PsyD

    WRAL News Interviews Paulsson About Mental Health Study During Pandemic

    Olafur Palsson, PsyD, professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology, led a national study examining the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on mental health. In an interview with WRAL News, Palsson says it has taken a bigger toll on younger people and minorities. Watch the interview here. Learn more the study in … Continued

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