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More Than Just Patient Care

Learn how our pediatric GI team advances UNC Children’s important research and medical education missions.

The UNC Children's Feeding Team

Meet the Feeding Team

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Francisco Sylvester, MD

Francisco Sylvester, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology
Professor of Pediatrics

Endoscopy; colonoscopy; percutaneous gastrostomy; and percutaneous liver biopsy. Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis).

Dr. Francisco Sylvester has a long-standing interest on the effects of chronic intestinal inflammation on growth, bone and muscle in children. His studies focus on children with inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). He collaborates with investigators at UNC and across the country. His research has revealed that children with Crohn’s disease have significant deficits of bone mass and muscle mass at the time of diagnosis, and that these deficits largely persist 2-years post diagnosis, despite a decrease in symptoms and improved weight gain. Dr. Sylvester performs studies in human samples and in the basic science laboratory to arrive to mechanisms that explain these observations.

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Kristen Cole, RN, CPNP

Kristen Cole, RN, CPNP

Clinical Instructor

Feeding difficulties.

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Maureen Kelly, MS, CPNP

Maureen Kelly, MS, CPNP

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Inflammatory bowel diseases and failure to thrive.

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Victoria M. Powell, CPNP, RN, MSN

Victoria M. Powell, CPNP, RN, MSN

Instructor, Pediatrics

Pediatric gastroenterology.

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Pediatric Speech Pathology

Kristen Brackett MS SLP-CCC

Sarah Studley MS SLP-CCC

Pediatric Nutrition

Sharon Wallace RD, LDN, CSP

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You’ll need a physician’s referral for most pediatric GI care. For more information, talk to your doctor or call us at 919-966-2435.

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