Welcome to Gastrointestinal Surgery

The Division of GI Surgery is dedicated to providing patient-centered, expert care to patients with surgical diseases of the esophagus, stomach, gallbladder, small bowel, colon and rectum, using open, laparoscopic and robotic surgery. Our faculty, clinicians, and researchers have been recognized nationally, ranking in the top 20 Best Hospitals for Gastroenterology and GI surgery by U.S.News and World Report in the 2019. Our vast experience, dedication to patients and commitment to advancing GI Surgery care results in referrals from all over the Southeastern United States.

In addition to providing exceptional surgical care for common gastrointestinal diseases, the Division of GI Surgery participates in a variety of programs focused on giving patients the benefits of a large referral center with expert care addressing all areas of their clinical needs through collaboration with various specialists.

  • Center for Weight Loss Surgery
  • Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) Program is a multimodal, evidence-based approach to surgical recovery that starts in the pre-operative period and continues through post-operative recovery from colorectal surgery aimed at reducing stress on your body, decreasing post-operative pain, improving surgical outcomes and decreasing hospital stay and complications.
  • Multidisciplinary GI Oncology Program ensures the most up-to-date and specialized care for patients with cancers of the GI tract through case-specific review and discussion at a multidisciplinary tumor board with members from Surgery, Oncology, Gastroenterology, Radiology, Pathology and Genetics who specialize in the care of the GI cancer patient.
  • UNC Multidisciplinary Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) is a collaborative effort involving surgeons, gastroenterologists, radiologists, pathologists and nutritionists who specialize in the care of patients with IBD (including Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis and indeterminate colitis).

In addition to these programs, the Division of GI Surgery provides surgical care for the following disorders:

  • Abdominal wall hernias (including primary, recurrent and complex)
  • Achalasia
  • Anorectal disease (e.g. hemorrhoids, simple/complex anal fistula, rectovaginal fistula)
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Complicated diverticular disease
  • Constipation
  • Endometriosis involving the GI tract
  • Enterocutaneous fistula
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hiatal Hernia
  • Parastomal hernias
  • Pelvic floor disorders (e.g. rectal prolapse, fecal incontinence)

Comprehensive list of surgical diagnoses