A Message From the Chief
On our website, you will learn about our clinical, research, and education programs, as well as general information about our faculty and our division. 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 $20 million in research funding, 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 in the U.S. focusing on research in GI diseases.
The Division runs 3 core 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, esophageal diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology