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Ara Sahakian, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
HCC 300G 1510 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5576


Dr. Sahakian is a board certified gastroenterologist with specialized training in advanced endoscopic techniques and medical treatment of complex biliary and pancreatic disorders. He completed his gastroenterology fellowship at Yale University, where he was awarded the Samuel Kushlan Award in 2012 as the most outstanding fellow of his class. After his gastroenterology fellowship, Dr. Sahakian spent an additional year at Yale to complete his advanced endoscopy fellowship. During this time he trained with renowned experts in the field, gaining extensive experience in advanced endoscopic procedures, such as endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), undoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR).

Dr. Sahakian also has a special interest in endoscopic removal of mucosal tumors of the GI tract. He spent one month at the National Cancer Center in Japan to acquire specialized training in Endoscopic Mucosal Resection (EMR) and Endoscopic Submucosal Dissection (ESD), an exciting new technique used to remove large superficial gastrointestinal tumors all in one piece. His research interests include quality and training in endoscopic procedures, evaluation and resection of large colon polyps, and maximizing the efficiency of EUS guided fine needle aspiration. Dr. Sahakian has also authored the chapter on ERCP in pregnancy in a prominent ERCP textbook and has published several peer-reviewed research papers in well-known journals.


Internal Medicine


Samuel Kushlan Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Yale-New Haven Hospital: Samuel Kushlan Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow, 2012


Sahakian AB, Laine L, Jamidar PA, Siddiqui UD, Duffy A, Ciarleglio MM, Deng Y, Nagar A, Aslanian HR. Can a Computerized Simulator Assess Skill Level and Improvement in Performance of ERCP? Dig Dis Sci. 2016 Mar; 61(3):722-30. View in: PubMed

Muniraj T, Sahakian A, Ciarleglio MM, Deng Y, Aslanian HR. Cold snare polypectomy for large sessile colonic polyps: a single-center experience. Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2015; 2015:175959. View in: PubMed

Sahakian AB, Buxbaum JL, Van Dam J. Prevention and Management of Post-ERCP Pancreatitis. JOP. 2014; 15(6):544-51. View in: PubMed

Sahakian AB, Aslanian HR, Mehra M, Rossi F, Laine L, Sanchez M, Ciarleglio MM, Adimoolam V, Siddiqui UD. The utility of esophagogastroduodenoscopy before endoscopic ultrasonography in patients undergoing endoscopic ultrasonography for pancreatico-biliary and mediastinal indications. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2013 Nov-Dec; 47(10):857-60. View in: PubMed

Sahakian AB, Jamidar PA. Endoscopic biopsy and predictors of malignancy in ampullary adenomas: once bitten, twice shy? J Clin Gastroenterol. 2013 Apr; 47(4):296-7. View in: PubMed

Sahakian AB, Jee SR, Pimentel M. Methane and the gastrointestinal tract. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Aug; 55(8):2135-43. View in: PubMed

Hwang L, Low K, Khoshini R, Melmed G, Sahakian A, Makhani M, Pokkunuri V, Pimentel M. Evaluating breath methane as a diagnostic test for constipation-predominant IBS. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Feb; 55(2):398-403. View in: PubMed

Pimentel M, Hwang L, Melmed GY, Low K, Vasiliauskas E, Ippoliti A, Yang J, Lezcano S, Conklin JL, Sahakian A. New clinical method for distinguishing D-IBS from other gastrointestinal conditions causing diarrhea: the LA/IBS diagnostic strategy. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Jan; 55(1):145-9. View in: PubMed

Sahakian A, Frishman WH. Humor and the cardiovascular system. Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 Jul-Aug; 13(4):56-8. View in: PubMed

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