Robert S. Sandler

Robert S. Sandler, MD

Department of Epidemiology
Nina C. and John T. Sessions Distinguished Professor of Medicine
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine
Center for Gastrointestinal Biology and Disease
4157 Bioinformatics Building
CB #7555
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Dr. Robert Sandler is professor of medicine and epidemiology. He is a practicing gastroenterologist with research interests in the epidemiology of chronic digestive diseases. He has conducted population based studies of colorectal cancer and hospital-based studies of colorectal adenomas (the precursors to most colorectal cancers). His current funded research includes a cross-sectional study of diverticulosis and an Internet-based cohort study of patients with inflammatory bowel disease with a focus on patient reported outcomes. His current research is funded by the NIH and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

Honors and Awards

Friedenwald Medal
2015, American Gastroenterological Association

Teaching Interests

Dr. Sandler directs an NIH-funded training grant in digestive disease epidemiology.

Research Activities

Microscopic Colitis
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Colorectal Cancer
Colorectal Adenomas

Practice Activities

Patients at high risk for gastrointestinal cancer due to genetic mutations or family history

General gastroenterology


  • MPH, Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982
  • MD, Medicine, Yale University, 1975
  • BS, Biology, Union College, 1971