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

Overview

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.

Awards

Gastroenterology

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

Internal Medicine

Publications

Randomized Trial of Endoscopist-Controlled vs. Assistant-Controlled Wire-Guided Cannulation of the Bile Duct. Am J Gastroenterol. 2016 Dec; 111(12):1841-1847. View in: PubMed

Optimal Timing of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in Acute Cholangitis. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2016 Nov 21. View in: PubMed

Can a Computerized Simulator Assess Skill Level and Improvement in Performance of ERCP? Dig Dis Sci. 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

Cold snare polypectomy for large sessile colonic polyps: a single-center experience. Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2015; 2015:175959. View in: PubMed

Prevention and Management of Post-ERCP Pancreatitis. JOP. 2014; 15(6):544-51. View in: PubMed

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

Endoscopic biopsy and predictors of malignancy in ampullary adenomas: once bitten, twice shy? J Clin Gastroenterol. 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

Necrotizing pancreatitis complicated by fistula and upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Jul; 9(7):e66-7. View in: PubMed

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

Evaluating breath methane as a diagnostic test for constipation-predominant IBS. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Feb; 55(2):398-403. View in: PubMed

Evaluating breath methane as a diagnostic test for constipation-predominant IBS Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Feb; 55(2):318-403. View in: PubMed

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

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

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