The Division of GI Surgery is one of the oldest Divisions within the Department of Surgery at UNC.

Clinical Activity

  • Colon, rectal and anal cancer surgery
  • Anorectal Surgery
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Constipation
  • Fecal Incontinence
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Hernia Surgery
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Rectal Prolapse
  • Weight Loss Surgery

Dedication to Education

The Division of GI Surgery has a long history of commitment to education in the form of traditional lectures given to medical students and residents through program-specific lectures and didactic sessions, as well as clinical training in the OR and in division M&Ms and case conferences. As a division, GI Surgery has been recognized for its dedication to education and unique contribution to the training of residents by receiving the “Service of the Year Award” multiple times over the last 10 years. In addition, multiple faculty within the group have been recognized for their extraordinary contributions in teaching, mentorship and resident advocacy.


Faculty in the Division of GI Surgery are actively participating in research in the following areas:

  • Clinical Outcomes Research
    • Surgical management of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
    • Surgical management of parastomal hernia
    • National trends in the utilization of foregut procedures
    • Outcomes after laparoscopic surgery for GERD, hiatal hernia, morbid obesity and achalasia
    • Relationship of anti-reflux surgery and gallbladder function
    • Recovery of esophageal function after anti-reflux surgery
    • Hypercoagulability and the use of inferior vena cava filters in gastric bypass patients
    • Creation of clinical guidelines for bariatric, biliary, and foregut procedures
    • Clinical outcomes of patients with complex pancreatic and biliary diseases such as acute and chronic pancreatitis, pancreatic pseudocysts, and pancreatic neoplasms
    • Post-operative prevention of abdominal/intestinal adhesions
  • Quality Improvement
    • Reducing readmissions in GI surgery
    • Increasing patient preparedness at discharge after colorectal surgery
  • Laboratory/Basic Science
    • Developing novel approaches for morbid obesity treatment
  • Education
    • Using virtual reality simulators in surgical training
    • Effects of gender-bias in surgical training
    • Assessing variable related to resident well-being
    • Improving methods for assessment of medical students in surgery