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Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH
Nicholas Shaheen, MD, MPH

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been recognized as one of the “Best Global Universities for Gastroenterology and Hepatology” by U.S. News and World Report. UNC GI and Hepatology was ranked 6th in the US and 11th globally.

The rankings are based on a number of criteria including reputational indicators, global and regional research reputation, bibliometric indicators, publications, citation impact, total citations, most-cited publications, and scientific excellence indicators.

Each year the UNC GI Division publishes more than 200 unique papers and receives approximately $20 million in external grant support. Members of the Division have published national guidelines in nearly every therapeutic area.

Robert S. Sandler, MD, MPH

“We are honored to be included among the premiere research institutions in the world in Gastroenterology and Hepatology,” said Nick Shaheen, MD, chief of the division of gastroenterology and hepatology.  “This recognition is a credit to the institution’s research teams, whose countless hours of hard work in the lab and at the bedside have improved care for the many patients with these common and potentially devastating diseases.”

“We are delighted that US News has recognized the research strengths at UNC in Gastroenterology and Hepatology’ said Robert Sandler, MD, director of the UNC Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease and the John C. and Nina T. Sessions Distinguished Professor of Medicine. “Our professional colleagues around the country have long known of our research and clinical strengths, so it is great to be finally recognized by US News.

At UNC, clinical, basic and translational research is supported by the Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease (CGIBD). The CGIBD is one of 19 NIH-supported digestive disease research core centers. The Center, funded since 1985, provides core services, enrichment activities, and administrative support.