We perform more than 20,000 GI endoscopic procedures each year at our three state-of-the art GI Procedures Units. Anesthesiology professionals and skilled endoscopy nurses are available to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Ongoing programs aim to further improve quality, maximize efficiency, and enhance patient experiences and comfort. More than 97% of patients would recommend us to a family member or friend, and we consistently exceed benchmarks on all quality measures.

  • At the UNC Medical Center GI Procedures Unit we perform a full range of general endoscopic procedures (upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy) and advanced endoscopic procedures (capsule endoscopy, deep enteroscopy, ERCP, endoscopic ultrasound, POEM, G-POEM, endoscopic submucosal dissection, submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection (STER), full thickness endoscopic resection, and PEG/feeding tube placement, endoscopic treatment of Barrett’s esophagus) for inpatients and outpatients in all states of health.
  • At the nearby UNC Hospitals Endoscopy Center at Meadowmont, we provide general endoscopic procedures (upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy), as well as endoscopic treatment of Barrett’s esophagus and internal hemorrhoids for outpatients who are less medically complex.
  • At the nearby UNC Hillsborough Medical Office Building, we provide general endoscopic procedures (upper endoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, and colonoscopy) for outpatients who are less medically complex.

Available procedures

We perform a full range of general and advanced endoscopic procedures, including:

  • Colonoscopy and sigmoidoscopy: Screening, surveillance, and diagnosis, as well as advanced therapeutic procedures for large polyps and colonic stenting.
  • Upper endoscopy: Diagnosis and screening, as well as advanced therapeutic procedures for achalasia (BoTox injection, pneumatic dilatation), Barrett’s esophagus (Barrx therapy and esophageal endoscopic mucosal resection), esophageal strictures (dilatation and stenting), duodenal polyps, and malignancy (enteral stenting).
  • Capsule endoscopy: To evaluate obscure bleeding and possible small bowel diseases, such as Crohn’s disease.
  • Deep enteroscopy (antegrade only): To evaluate and treat small bowel bleeding and mass lesions.
  • ERCP: For routine and emergent indications, including management of difficult bile duct stones and complex bile duct injuries.
  • Endoscopic Ultrasound (upper and lower): For gastrointestinal cancer staging, fine needle aspiration biopsy of abdominal and mediastinal masses, evaluation of submucosal gastrointestinal mass lesions.
  • Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopic Procedures including treatment of complex pancreaticobiliary disorders (including pancreatic necrosis, pseudocysts and pancreatic strictures), management of post-operative complications, palliation of gastrointestinal malignancies, treatment of complex lumenal strictures, therapeutic endoscopic ultrasonography, celiac plexis neurolysis, endoscopic treatment of Zenker’s diverticula, POEM, G-POEM, endoscopic submucosal dissection, submucosal tunneling endoscopic resection (STER), full thickness endoscopic resection and placement of direct jejunal access tube.
  • Infrared coagulation treatment: Non-surgical treatment of hemorrhoids.
  • PEG/feeding tube placement

Schedule an Appointment

Procedure Instructions

Colonoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Upper Endoscopy (EGD)
Enteroscopy
ERCP
Infra-red Coagulation Therapy (IRC)
Upper Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Lower Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS)
Ostomy Exam
Pouch Exam
Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE)
Patency Capsule

Procedure Instructions

When a procedure is scheduled, appropriate instructions will be mailed out prior to the procedure. Copies of these instructions are below:

Colonoscopy

Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
Upper Endoscopy (EGD) – English | Spanish
Enteroscopy – English | Spanish
ERCP – English | Spanish
Infra-red Coagulation Therapy (IRC) – English | Spanish
Upper Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – English | Spanish
Lower Endoscopic Ultrasound (EUS) – English | Spanish
Ostomy Exam – English | Spanish
Pouch Exam – English | Spanish
Video Capsule Endoscopy (VCE) – English | Spanish
Patency Capsule – English
If you have any questions regarding your preparation, please call 919-966-5050, or if you are having issues after-hours about a scheduled procedure, please dial the operator at 984-974-1000 and ask for the GI Medicine Fellow On-Call.

Our Team

  • Medical Directors: Ian Grimm, MD (UNC Medical Center), Sid Levinson, MD (UNC Hospitals Endoscopy Center at Meadowmont), and Jonathan Hansen, MD (UNC at Hillsborough).
  • Director of Advanced Therapeutic Endoscopy: Todd Baron, MD, FASGE
  • Nurse Managers: Dorota Smosny, RN, MBS, MSN, NE-BC, CPAN, Rhonda Nelson, RN, Kathleen Van Gelder, RN, BSN, MSN.
  • Each site is staffed by UNC gastroenterology faculty members, GI nurses, and anesthesiology professionals. Gastroenterology Fellows assist at UNC Medical Center.

How to Schedule an Appointment

Your referring physician should simply fax a completed procedure request form (available here) to 919-966-8674. Upon receipt, our scheduling office will call you and, based on your availability and your answers to a brief series of questions, schedule the appointment. You may also refer yourself if you are generally healthy and due for a screening or surveillance colonoscopy. If you have any questions or need to reschedule your appointment, please call 984-974-5050.

How to Contact Us

Please contact us at 984-974-5050. After normal working hours, if you have urgent questions about a procedure that has already been scheduled please call 984-974-1000 and ask to page the GI fellow on call.

Maps and Directions

Maps and directions to our three locations are available here.

What to Expect and Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about what to expect, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions.