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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

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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    A VCAG Update: Arora Discusses New Tools to Enhance Endoscopy Procedures

    The effectiveness of endoscopy procedures often depends as much on what happens before the patient comes in for the exam as it does on the skill of the provider. Inadequate preparation can lead to the canceling of procedures, rescheduling and repeating of tests. This not only costs money, it inconveniences the patient. Earlier this year, Shifali Arora, … Continued

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    Arora Appointed Vice Chief of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

    Shifali Arora, MD, assistant professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology and hepatology was recently named vice-chief of clinical operations for the division. “We are fortunate Dr. Arora is willing to serve in this important role,” said Nick Shaheen, MD, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology. “She ran our quality improvement program for … Continued

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    Newsworthy from the Department of Medicine, Week of October 29 – November 4

    The below clickable headlines link directly to outside media outlets and feature UNC Department of Medicine faculty, starting Friday, November 4, 2021. What every parent should know about Halloween safety | Four 2 Five – Dr. Emily Sickbert-Bennett (MSN.com) Food Allergy Families Seek Out Hard-to-Find Immunotherapy – Dr. Edwin Kim (WebMD) Pandemic-related drinking causing spike in … Continued

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