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Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD

Tamar Ringel-Kulka, MD

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

Representative Courses

MHCH 702 Foundations of Maternal and Child Health | Syllabus

Research Activities

  • The intestinal microbiota
  • Prebiotics, Probiotics, Synbiotics and Antibiotics
  • Infant and child nutrition including breastfeeding and infant feeding
  • Health disparities
  • Infant, children and adolescents health promotion and disease prevention
  • Community-based participatory research (CBPR)

Service Activities

Consultation to food and medical food industry

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.

Key Publications

A Geospacial Analysis of the Impact of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative on Breastfeeding in North Carolina. Liberty AL, Wouk K, Chetwynd E, Ringel-Kulka T. (2018). Journal of Human Lactation.
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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.

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. Ringel-Kulka T, McRorie J, Ringel Y (2017). Am J Gastroenterol, 112(1), 145-51.

Use of probiotics and prebiotics in infant feeding. Bertelsen RJ, Jensen ET, Ringel-Kulka T (2016). Best Pract Res Clin Gastroenterol, 30(1), 39-48.

Discordant temporal development of bacterial phyla and the emergence of core in the fecal microbiota of young children. Cheng J, Ringel-Kulka T, Heikamp-de Jong I, Ringel Y, Carroll IM, de Vos WM, Salojärvi J, Satokari R (2016). ISME J, 10(4), 1002-14.

Altered colonic bacterial fermentation as a potential pathophysiological factor in irritable bowel syndrome. Ringel-Kulka T, Choi CH, Temas D, Kim A, Maier D, Scott K, Galanko JA, Ringel Y (2015). Am J Gastroenterol, 110(9), 1339-46.

Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of synbiotic yogurt effect on the health of children. Ringel-Kulka T, Kotch JB, Jensen ET, Savage E, Weber DJ (2015). J Pediatr, 166(6), 1475-81.


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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