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William Whitehead, PhD

Director, Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders

Professor of Medicine, Adjunct Professor of OB-GYN

Dr. Whitehead is a director at the Center for Functional GI and Motility Disorders and a professor of medicine at University of North Carolina. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in clinical psychology and entered the field of gastroenterology shortly after. His focuses for research include gastrointestinal motility disorders, fecal incontinence, constipation, rectal pain, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, gastroparesis, dysphagia. Dr. Whitehead also serves as a fellow for the American College of Gastroenterology and was the co-founder and past chair of Functional Brain-Gut Research Group (FBG).

Recent Publications

  • Whitehead WE, Palsson OS, Simren M. Biomarkers to distinguish functional constipation from irritable bowel syndrome with constipation. Neugastroenterol Motil 2016; In press.

  • Sperber AD, Dumitrascu D, Fukudo S, Gerson C, Ghoshal UC, Gwee KA, Hungin AP, Kang JY, Minhu C, Schmulson M, Bolotin A, Friger M, Freud T, Whitehead W. The global prevalence of IBS in adults remains elusive due to the heterogeneity of studies: a Rome Foundation working team literature review. Gut. 2016 Jan 27. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl- 2015-311240. [Epub ahead of print.] PMID:26818616.

  • Siah KTH, Wong RK, Whitehead WE. Chronic constipation and constipation predominant IBS: Separate and distinct disorders or a spectrum of disease? Gastroenterology & Hepatology 2016;12: In Press.

  • Rahman MM, Ghoshal UC, Rowshon A, Ahmed F, Kibria MG, Hasan M, Gwee KA, Whitehead W. Translation and validation of enhanced Asian Rome 3 questionnaires (EAR3-Q) in Bengali language for diagnosis of functional gastrointestinal disorders. J Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2015 Dec 21. doi: 10.5056/jnm15129. PMID: 26690730.

  • Markland AD, Burgio KL, Whitehead WE, Richter HE, Wilcox CM, Redden DT, Beasley TM, Goode PS. Loperamide versus psyllium fiber for treatment of fecal incontinence: The Fecal Incontinence Prescription (Rx) Management (FIRM) randomized clinical trial. Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 Oct;58(10):983-93. doi: 10.1097/DCR.0000000000000442. PMID: 26347971.

  • Rao SS, Benninga MA, Bharucha AE, Chiarioni G, Di Lorenzo C, Whitehead WE. ANMS-ESNM position paper and consensus guidelines on biofeedback therapy for anorectal disorders. Neurogastroenterol Motil 2015;27:594-609. Doi: 10.111/nmo.12520. Epub 2015 April 1. PMID: 25828100.