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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

  • Spencer Dorn, MD, MPH, MHA

    Telemedicine in Prison Allows Continued Care, Shows Positive Patient-Provider Experiences

    For incarcerated individuals whose health depends on access to specialized health care, telemedicine can ensure more timely access, as well as a better experience. Early in the pandemic, UNC Health, the UNC School of Medicine, and the North Carolina Department of Public Safety (DPS) partnered to develop the capabilities for providing telemedicine services to the … Continued

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    Endoscopy Workflows, Length of Stays: Finding New Efficiencies in Gastroenterology

    An increasing focus on high-value care and the implications around length of stay (LOS) has the potential to profoundly impact both patients and hospital systems. As hospitals face lower patient capacities and increasing costs, studies show an understanding of the factors that contribute to LOS can improve the management of LOS. Nick Shaheen, MD, MPH, … Continued

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    Carolina Care Highlight: Dr. Jonathan J. Hansen

    The latest Carolina Care Highlight features Jonathan Hansen, MD, PhD, associate professor in the division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology. Read what some of Dr. Hansen’s patients had to say about him: “Dr. Jonathan Hansen is by far one of the very best doctors I have ever had. He not only takes excellent care of me, … Continued

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