Francisco Sylvester, MD

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology; Professor of Pediatrics; Medical Director, Children's Outpatient Clinics

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Pediatric Gastroenterology
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMClosed Today Closed Today

Location Information

UNC Hospitals Children's Specialty Clinics in Chapel Hill at Carolina Pointe II
6013 Farrington Road
Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
Handicap Accessible


Day of the WeekHours
Monday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

About the Provider


  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

Provider Details

Type: Clinician, Researcher
Gender: Male

About Francisco Sylvester, MD

UNC Health Affiliations

  • UNC Health Rex
  • UNC Hospitals
  • UNC Health Children's


  • English
  • Spanish

Medical School

  • Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, 1977 - 1985


  • Children's Hospital at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, 1987 - 1990


  • Hospital for Sick Children, 1991 - 1995
  • Area: Pediatric Gastroenterology

Chief Residency

  • Children's Hospital at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center, 1990 - 1991


  • Pediatrics, Board Certified, 1992
  • Pediatrics-Pediatric Gastroenterology, Board Certified, 2014
Endoscopy; colonoscopy; percutaneous gastrostomy; and percutaneous liver biopsy.Cr+LfCr+LfI have a long-standing interest on the effects of chronic intestinal inflammation on growth, bone and muscle in children. My studies focus on children with inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis). I collaborate with investigators at UNC and across the country. My 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. I perform studies in human samples and in the basic science laboratory to arrive to mechanisms that explain these observations.
Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Commercial Plans (Other than Aetna Whole Health)
  • Aetna Whole Health (Tier 2)
  • Aetna Medicare Advantage Plans (Other than Aetna Prime HMO)
  • AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina Medicaid
  • BCBSNC Commercial Plans
  • North Carolina State Employees Health Benefit Plan (Active employees)
  • BCBSNC Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance
  • BCBSNC Medicare Advantage (Other than Experience Health)
  • Healthy Blue Medicaid
  • Carolina Complete Health Medicaid (Centene)
  • Cigna Commercial Plans (Other than Cigna Connect)
  • Cigna Secure Medicare Advantage
  • Contigo Health Plan (WakeMed employees only)
  • Humana Medicare Advantage PPO
  • Humana Medicare Private Fee-for-Service
  • North Carolina State Employee Health Benefit Plan (Medicare Advantage for retirees)
  • Liberty Advantage Medicare Advantage
  • MedCost PPO
  • UnitedHealthcare Commercial Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Advantage
  • UnitedHealthcare Exchange (ACA) Plans
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan Medicaid
  • Veterans Affairs Community Care Network
  • WellCare of North Carolina Medicaid
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