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Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Securing the Future

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Contributions are accepted and greatly appreciated. Your contribution makes it possible to further our various programs in research and clinical practice at the UNC Program in Digestive Health. Since its inception in 1952, our Program has worked to create new knowledge, educate future medical leaders, and provide the best possible clinical care to GI patients in the UNC Health Care System.

UNC Hospitals and the UNC School of Medicine are important collaborators in efforts to expand lab and clinic space, increase clinical procedures, and add to the number of GI fellows trained by the Program in Digestive Health. One fact, however, is inescapable: private philanthropic support is an essential component of these plans. Without the financial contributions of current and former faculty, former fellows, grateful patients, and corporate partners, we will be unable to reach the same level of excellence we have achieved to date. In order to support our growth in a sustainable manner, we hope to create a $10 million endowment comprise of professorships, fellowships, and other permanent support for the Program in Digestive Health.

With that in mind, we list below a few of the opportunities open to donors who wish to support our efforts in crucial areas.

Patient Care

  • Endowed Chair: The Program in Digestive Heath currently enjoys three endowed chairs. Based on the size and national reputation of our faculty, and the increased competition for peer institutions, we must increase this number to attract and retain our clinicians and scientists. Contributions for professorships, if they meet specific guidelines, are matched 1:2 by the State of North Carolina, increasing the impact of your donation. Gift $666,000
  • Patient Education Center: This new center offers a donor the possibility of naming one of the highest profile efforts in our program. A contribution would allow us to appropriately outfit a physical space, mount a highly interactive, user-friendly website, and continue the program into the future. Gift: $250,000


  • Named Lab: During the past year, we received funds from a grateful family to help endow the laboratory of new recruit Scott Plevy. The funds were used to purchase equipment and supplies to support landmark research on the etiology of inflammatory bowel disease. There are many other opportunities like this one to influence groundbreaking research in the Program in Digestive Health. Gift: S100,000
  • New Technology Investment: Each lab requires significant, recurring investment in new equipment to help our researchers and fellows explore the outer boundaries of our knowledge. Gift: $25,000-50,000


  • Endowed Fellowship: Given the current shortage of gastroenterologists in the US, one of our most important objectives is to expand the number of fellows in our program. A named, endowed fellowship fund would ensure that we are able to support this expansion in perpetuity. Gift: $500,000
  • Annual Fellowship: If you would like to support a future clinician and or scientist right now, an annual contribution would immediately go to one of our outstanding fellows. Gift $70,000
  • Endowed Physician Education Fund: Continued training in the newest and best techniques in GI medicine is crucial for practitioners throughout North Carolina to provide excellent care. A names physician education fund would allow us to provide the highest level of continuing medical education to our colleagues. Gift: $200,000

Beyond these opportunities, an annual gift to the UNC Program on Digestive Health would also make a significant impact. It could go to meet the most critical needs of the program, as identified by Division Chief, Dr. Robert Sandler, or it could be directed to a particular area of interest to make an impact right now. For example, a $10,000 annual seed fund gift could support small research projected in the department, a $5,000 gift could help us launch a continuing medical education program focused on new advancements in Inflammatory Bowel Disease treatment, or a $1,000 gift could support the travel of one of our fellows to a national conference and significantly expand his or her training.

Regardless of the size of the gift, any contribution you make will be deeply appreciated by the faculty and staff of the UN Program in Digestive Health. More importantly, it will be put to good use in support of one of the finest GI Programs in America.

If you are interested in learning more about how you can help the UNC Program on Digestive Health, please contact:

Nicholas J. Shaheen, MD, MPH

Professor and Chief Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology
University of North Carolina CB #7555, 4157 Bioinformatics Building Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7555

Ways to Give

Donations are made through the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, Inc. Your contributions are tax deductible, and your information will not be shared with any third party.

There are many ways to donate:

• Credit card

• Check

• Automatic bank draft

• Pledge – A pledges may be paid over a period of years, enabling you to contribute a larger gift than may be possible in any one tax year.

If you wish to make a donation on-line, please click here.