The physicians and clinicians at the UNC Hepatology Clinic are among the most experienced in the nation. Staying on the forefront of research and treatment, our specialists provide the latest drug therapies and treatment plans customized for each patient.
- Testing and diagnosis
- Customized treatment
- Patient navigation
- On-site pharmacist
- Insurance pre-authorization, financial counseling
- Convenient location
Who will be my provider at my visit to discuss Hepatitis C and possible treatment?
We have assembled a highly experienced team of healthcare providers, who will work with you to cure hepatitis C.
Dr. Michael Fried, Dr. Jama Darling, Danielle Cardona, PA-C and Dawn Harrison, DNP have unmatched expertise in the management of viral hepatitis and chronic liver disease.
UNC clinical practice pharmacist, Jane Giang, also assists with patient education and management using the latest Hepatitis C treatments.
Will lab work or any special tests be ordered at my visit?
Yes, in addition to a comprehensive clinical evaluation, lab tests are ordered to determine the level of patient’s liver function, to assess the need for vaccinations to protect from other hepatitis viruses, and to exclude other causes of liver diseases.
Fibroscan, available on-site at the office, is state-of-the-art technology which can assess whether a patient has minimal or more advanced liver disease (scarring or cirrhosis), without the need for a biopsy! Also, an ultrasound or MRI may be ordered to get an actual image of the liver.
Will I have the opportunity to participate in clinical trial?
The UNC Liver Center is actively leading or participating in numerous clinical trials for Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B, and other liver diseases. Patients may be offered the opportunity to participate if they qualify for a study and if they so choose to participate.
Will my insurance cover the cost for my Hepatitis C treatment?
Most insurance companies cover the cost of Hepatitis C treatment. Patients will meet with our Clinical Pharmacist who has an outstanding track record in navigating payer restrictions and criteria regarding coverage for Hepatitis C medications.
How long will I need to be treated for my Hepatitis C?
Current therapy for Hepatitis C consists of one or several pills taken once or twice a day that have very high rates of cure with low risks of side effects. Each patient requires a different duration of treatment for their Hepatitis C, ranging between 8 and 24 weeks, depending on the type of Hepatitis C, the extent of liver scarring, and prior treatment experience. Your treatment plan will be tailored to your specific needs based on some of these factors.