Ara Sahakian, MD

Title(s)Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
AddressHCC 300G 1510 San Pablo Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089
Phone+1 323 442 5576
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    2008Internal Medicine
    Yale-New Haven Hospital2012Samuel Kushlan Award for Outstanding Clinical Fellow

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    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.

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    1. Persistent pancreatic fistula following distal pancreatectomy. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2020 Feb 14. Forestiere MJ, Sahakian A, Hanks SE, Matsushima K. PMID: 32068721.
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    2. Bleeding from Small Intestine: No Man's Land. Clin Colon Rectal Surg. 2020 Jan; 33(1):16-21. Sahakian A, Lee SW, Shin J. PMID: 31915421.
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    3. Qualitative and Quantitative Contrast-enhanced Endoscopic Ultrasound Improves Evaluation of Focal Pancreatic Lesions. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 04; 18(4):917-925.e4. Buxbaum J, Ko C, Varghese N, Lee A, Sahakian A, King K, Serna J, Lee H, Tchelepi H, Van Dam J, Duddalwar V. PMID: 31499247.
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    4. Not Just Your Ordinary Tumor: A Solitary Fibrous Tumor of the Esophagus. Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2020; 32(1):176-178. Zamora AK, Chopra S, Sahakian A, Kim AW. PMID: 31271852.
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    5. Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage in Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke: Should Endoscopy Be Within the Scope of Practice? Dig Dis Sci. 2019 06; 64(6):1395-1396. Leonor P, Sahakian AB. PMID: 30734237.
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    6. Obscure Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage Secondary to Meckel's Diverticulum Diagnosed by Retrograde Double-Balloon Enteroscopy. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2020 04; 18(4):e44-e45. Khadarian K, Arulanandan A, Sahakian AB. PMID: 30826438.
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    7. Endoscopic Ultrasound Assessment of Pancreatic Duct Diameter Predicts Neuroendocrine Tumors and Other Pancreas Masses. Pancreas. 2019 01; 48(1):66-69. Gupta N, Kankotia R, Sahakian A, Jayaram P, Shindel A, Dong E, Korc P, Eloubeidi M, Buxbaum J. PMID: 30451795.
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    8. Balloon overtube-assisted cholangioscopy and laser lithotripsy of large bile duct stones. VideoGIE. 2018 Jul; 3(7):217-219. Cho J, Buxbaum J, Sahakian AB. PMID: 30128394.
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    9. Endoscopic submucosal dissection for resection of submucosal tumors of the colon and rectum: Within reach, or the edge of tomorrow? Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 02; 87(2):549-551. Sahakian AB, Aslanian HR. PMID: 29406933.
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    10. Endoscopic Closure of Gastrointestinal Fistulae and Leaks. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 2018 Apr; 28(2):233-249. Cho J, Sahakian AB. PMID: 29519335.
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    11. Randomized trial of cholangioscopy-guided laser lithotripsy versus conventional therapy for large bile duct stones (with videos). Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Apr; 87(4):1050-1060. Buxbaum J, Sahakian A, Ko C, Jayaram P, Lane C, Yu CY, Kankotia R, Laine L. PMID: 28866457.
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    12. Metallic coil and N-butyl-2-cyanoacrylate for closure of pancreatic duct leak (with video). Gastrointest Endosc. 2018 Apr; 87(4):1122-1125. Sahakian AB, Jayaram P, Marx MV, Matsushima K, Park C, Buxbaum JL. PMID: 28843585.
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    13. Optimal Timing of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in Acute Cholangitis. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2017 Jul; 51(6):534-538. Hou LA, Laine L, Motamedi N, Sahakian A, Lane C, Buxbaum J. PMID: 27875357.
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    14. Narrow-band imaging versus white light versus mapping biopsy for gastric intestinal metaplasia: a prospective blinded trial. Gastrointest Endosc. 2017 Nov; 86(5):857-865. Buxbaum JL, Hormozdi D, Dinis-Ribeiro M, Lane C, Dias-Silva D, Sahakian A, Jayaram P, Pimentel-Nunes P, Shue D, Pepper M, Cho D, Laine L. PMID: 28366441.
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    15. Randomized Trial of Endoscopist-Controlled vs. Assistant-Controlled Wire-Guided Cannulation of the Bile Duct. Am J Gastroenterol. 2016 Dec; 111(12):1841-1847. Buxbaum J, Leonor P, Tung J, Lane C, Sahakian A, Laine L. PMID: 27377519.
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    16. Can a Computerized Simulator Assess Skill Level and Improvement in Performance of ERCP? Dig Dis Sci. 2016 Mar; 61(3):722-30. Sahakian AB, Laine L, Jamidar PA, Siddiqui UD, Duffy A, Ciarleglio MM, Deng Y, Nagar A, Aslanian HR. PMID: 26572779.
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    17. Cold snare polypectomy for large sessile colonic polyps: a single-center experience. Gastroenterol Res Pract. 2015; 2015:175959. Muniraj T, Sahakian A, Ciarleglio MM, Deng Y, Aslanian HR. PMID: 25878658.
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    18. Prevention and management of post-ERCP pancreatitis. JOP. 2014 Nov 28; 15(6):544-51. Sahakian AB, Buxbaum JL, Van Dam J. PMID: 25435569.
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    19. 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. Sahakian AB, Aslanian HR, Mehra M, Rossi F, Laine L, Sanchez M, Ciarleglio MM, Adimoolam V, Siddiqui UD. PMID: 23632349.
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    20. Endoscopic biopsy and predictors of malignancy in ampullary adenomas: once bitten, twice shy? J Clin Gastroenterol. 2013 Apr; 47(4):296-7. Sahakian AB, Jamidar PA. PMID: 23426448.
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    21. Necrotizing pancreatitis complicated by fistula and upper gastrointestinal hemorrhage. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Jul; 9(7):e66-7. Sahakian AB, Krishnamoorthy S, Taddei TH. PMID: 21296188.
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    22. Methane and the gastrointestinal tract. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Aug; 55(8):2135-43. Sahakian AB, Jee SR, Pimentel M. PMID: 19830557.
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    23. Evaluating breath methane as a diagnostic test for constipation-predominant IBS. Dig Dis Sci. 2010 Feb; 55(2):398-403. Hwang L, Low K, Khoshini R, Melmed G, Sahakian A, Makhani M, Pokkunuri V, Pimentel M. PMID: 19294509.
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    24. 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. Pimentel M, Hwang L, Melmed GY, Low K, Vasiliauskas E, Ippoliti A, Yang J, Lezcano S, Conklin JL, Sahakian A. PMID: 19169820.
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    25. Humor and the cardiovascular system. Altern Ther Health Med. 2007 Jul-Aug; 13(4):56-8. Sahakian A, Frishman WH. PMID: 17658123.
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