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Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD

Dr. Tamar Ringel-Kulka

Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Maternal and Child Health
  • 404A Rosenau
  • CB# 7445
  • Chapel Hill, NC 27599
  • USA

Research Activities

Primary Investigator: Enhancing Infant and Toddler Experiences Initiative. Implementation of Regional Child Care Health Consultant Services in Economically Distressed Counties

Primary Investigator: Oral Microbiome, Endotoxin and Lung Health; The ‘United Airways’ concept extended

Primary Investigator: Health & Safety Resource Center

Primary Investigator: Healthy Child Care

Primary Investigator: Biomarkers and Pathophysiological Mechanisms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS): NIHS-UNC Collaborative Discovery Research.

Primary Investigator: Exposure to Antibacterial Compounds: The Microbiome and Allergic Diseases.

Service Activities

2020-present  North Carolina Perinatal Oral Health Improvement Plan Committee

2017-present  MCH Awards Committee                             

Practice Activities

Director, North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center. Promoting health and safety of children at child care centers through training and support of the child care health consultants and child care workforce in North Carolina.

Ringel-Kulka T. Investigation of the Human Microbiome. BRuSH kick-off meeting and seminar. Bergen, Norway. 14 March 2019.

Ringel-Kulka T. Welcome. Building Bridges to Healthy Child Care Conference. The North Carolina Child Care Health Consultants Association 2018 Annual Conference. Friday Center. Chapel Hill. North Carolina. April 11, 2018.

Ringel-Kulka T. Building a Better Baby: Approaches to Studying Feeding During Early Life and Health Effects. Nutrition Spring 2018 Mini-Symposium Panel Discussion. UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. April 3, 2018.

Key Publications

Noninvasive imaging and quantification of bile salt hydrolase activity: from bacteria to humans. Khodakivskyi PV, Lauber CL, Yevtodiyenko A, Bazhin AA, Bruce S, Ringel-Kulka T, Ringel Y, Bétrisey B, Torres J, Hu J, Chou CJ, Goun EA. (2021). Scientific Advances, 7(6), eaaz9857.
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Bloating in Irritable Bowel Syndrome Is Associated with Symptoms Severity, Psychological Factors, and Comorbidities. K Hod, Y Ringel, M van Tilburg, T Ringel-Kulka (2019). Digestive diseases and sciences, 64(5), 1288-1295.

A Geospatial Analysis of the Impact of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative on Breastfeeding Initiation in North Carolina. A Liberty, K Wouk, E Chetwynd, T Ringel-Kulka (2019). Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association, 35(1), 114-126.

Practice differences in the diagnosis and management of adult and pediatric Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Zifman E, Banai H, Shamir R, Ringel-Kulka T, Zevit N. (2018). Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

Fecal and Mucosa-Associated Intestinal Microbiota in Patients with Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome. N Maharshak, Y Ringel, D Katibian, A Lundqvist, R Sartor, I Carroll, T Ringel-Kulka (2018). Digestive diseases and sciences, 63(7), 1890-1899.

Multi-Center, Double-Blind, Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study to Evaluate the Benefit of the Probiotic Bifidobacterium infantis 35624 in Non-Patients With Symptoms of Abdominal Discomfort and Bloating. T Ringel-Kulka, J McRorie, Y Ringel (2017). The American journal of gastroenterology, 112(1), 145-151.


MPH, Health Policy and Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

MD, Medicine, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, 1991

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